• Gail Collins

Consultation on revised Site Allocations Plan for Stratford on Avon

Stratford-on-Avon District Council is running a public consultation on a revised version of its Site Allocations Plan for the District. The public consultation runs from Thursday 16th June until Friday 29th July.

What is the Site Allocations Plan?

The Council is responsible for preparing Plans that will shape the future of the District by identifying sites for future development. These Plans also contain policies that the Council will use to judge planning applications. The Site Allocations Plan is an additional Plan that will sit alongside the existing Core Strategy and will enable residents, businesses and communities to know where new development may occur in the future.

What does the Site Allocations Plan include?

The Plan includes a range of policies and proposals relating to:

  • Reserve Housing Sites

  • Self-build and Custom Housebuilding

  • Built-up Area Boundaries

  • Employment Enabling Sites

  • A46 Safeguarding

  • Specific Site Proposals

A revised approach has been taken to identifying Reserve Housing Sites in the new version of the Plan. This takes into account the scale of housing development that has already taken place in settlements across the District in recent years. As a result, reserve housing sites are not identified in those settlements that have already significantly exceeded their dwelling provision identified in the District Council’s adopted Core Strategy Development Plan.

Specific reserve housing sites - on the edge of Stratford-upon-Avon and at Mappleborough Green on the edge of Redditch - are proposed for immediate release to meet the housing needs of Birmingham. These sites are the most appropriate for this purpose due to being in the more sustainable locations and with good accessibility to Birmingham.

A number of reserve housing sites identified in the previous version of the Plan, published in October 2020, have not been included in this version. However, three such sites have been added:

  • East of Snitterfield Street, Hampton Lucy

  • South of Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon

  • East of Banbury Road, Stratford-upon-Avon

A further two sites for self-build and custom build housing have also been identified:

  • South of Banbury Road, Ettington

  • East of Welford Road, Long Marston

The housing proposal at Meon Vale near Quinton has been replaced with a Local Green Space designation.

What is the Preferred Options consultation?

Preparing the Plan involves a number of stages. Preferred Options is essentially the draft stage. The District Council published an initial version in October 2022 but in light of changing circumstances has decided to produce a Revised Preferred Options Plan for public consultation. A Proposed Submission version will then be produced for statutory consultation before it is submitted to the Government for independent examination.

How to View the Consultation

The best way to view the consultation documents is online at www.stratford.gov.uk/sap22.

How to Comment

Information on how to comment is included within the Plan itself and on the website at www.stratford.gov.uk/sap22.

Tyler Parkes can of course also comment on your behalf – please contact us if you wish to discuss.