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New Ettington Self Build Site Added to Revised Preferred Options Plan- Your Views are Important!

Public consultation on the Revised Preferred Options version of Stratford District Council’s Site Allocations Plan (SAP) commences on Thursday 16 June and runs until 5pm on Friday 29 July.

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. It includes a range of policies and proposals relating to:

· Reserve Housing Sites

· Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding- including the addition of a new site South of Banbury Road, Ettington

· 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 and Comment on the Consultation

The best way to view the consultation documents is online at www.stratford.gov.uk/sap22. Information on how to comment is included within the Plan itself and on the website.

The Revised Preferred Options Plan is also available to view at the District Council offices (Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HX between 9.00am and 2.00pm Monday to Friday) and at public libraries across the District during their normal opening hours.

Copies of the document can also be purchased from the District Council on request.

Letters are being sent to properties that are located within and in close proximity to sites identified in the Plan. The distribution of this letter has been automatically generated based on applying a standard distance between properties and the site boundary.

For further information or if you have any queries regarding this consultation please emailplanning.policy@stratford-dc.gov.uk or ring the District Council on 01789 267575 and ask for Planning Policy.