Stratford consults on Site Allocations Plan
Stratford-On-Avon District Council is currently seeking comments on its Site Allocations Document which, when approved, will sit alongside the Core Strategy.
The Council are proposing the following:
Shakespeare’s Birthplace/Gateway Cultural Quarter in Stratford-upon-Avon. This is to kick-start the rejuvenation of this part of the town centre for public realm improvements and a greater mix of leisure-led uses to establish a new cultural quarter for Stratford-upon-Avon.
Quinton Rail Technology Centre. It is proposed to allocate the former Long Marston Depot site for a railway-related research and development.
A46 Safeguarding. The consultation identifies and proposes three locations along the A46 which are to be safeguarded from other forms of developments which may otherwise prevent the highway improvements.
Employment Exception Sites. Evidence suggests there is a shortage of available and affordable ‘sub-prime’ employment land; e.g. ‘second-hand’ premises and premises of less than 20,000 sqft. Proposals for employment development will be considered on their merits. Where such sites will be located outside of the built-up area of a settlement they should be located on the edge of, or in close proximity to, the settlement to meet a general or specific need for business floorspace and employment. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate that there are not suitable and/or available sites within the built-up area.
The deadline for making comments is 18th March.
Thereafter, the Council will continue to work toward its Site Allocations Document – the whole document is due for a further consultation this summer, and examination in front of a government Inspector next winter.
If you have any sites which may be affected and/ or would like assistance in making representations to the Plan, please do contact us.