The Neighbourhood Plan

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

The Government’s Localism Act came into effect in April 2012, setting out a series of measures to shift power away from central government and towards local people.

One of its key components is the Neighbourhood Plan, a new tier in planning policy which enables local people to shape the development of the community in which they live for the next twenty years.

Click here to view the Neighbourhood Development Plan


On Thursday 29 November voters in Stratford-upon-Avon went to the polls to respond to the question:   "Do you want Stratford-on-Avon District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Stratford-upon-Avon to help decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"  

The results were as follows:  

The number of votes cast in favour of YES was 5,239 (91.21%)  

The number of votes cast in favour of NO was 505 (8.79%)  

Total number of ballot papers issued 5,810 - 53 rejects.  

The turnout was 26.11%.

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What is The Neighbourhood Development Plan?

If you would like a guide to what the plan is all about – what it can do, how it fits in with other plans for the future, where the plan fits in with government legislation – then please read this article.

It has been written by a number of  contributors and has been overseen and edited by Neil Pearce of Avon Planning Services Ltd, who is an independent Planning Consultant.

Our plan will be able to guide, for example, where new homes and offices should be built, and what they should look like; how green spaces ought to be protected or enhanced and how new infrastructure is handled.

Why it is so very important

In practice, communities have often found it hard to have a meaningful say in planning decisions. The Neighbourhood Plan puts power back into the hands of local residents, businesses, councils and civic leaders.

Neighbourhood Plan so far

The Neighbourhood plan team has since 2011 been working with community representatives to identify priorities for Stratford-upon-Avon’s future, the planning challenges our town faces and possible solutions to these challenges. The open days gave you the opportunity to comment on these priorities, to provide feedback on the potential solutions and to suggest alternatives.

Items contained in the plan:

Meeting the needs of the community and demographic trends with high quality ‘green’ affordable lifetime homes

Maintaining and creating jobs for the thriving economy and tourist industry

Preserving and enhancing the towns historical core and heritage assets

The Town Centre
Protecting and promoting the town’s retail offer and creating a mixed use accessible centre with a diverse range of amenities and services

Open Spaces
Preservation and creation of high quality green open spaces and networks of green corridors  throughout the neighbourhood area

Ensuring that the building blocks for a sustainable future are planned and delivered to meet existing and future need of the community

Community, Leisure and Wellbeing
Encouraging a strong community as well as protecting and improving the provision of leisure,healthcare and education facilities

Stratford-upon-Avon is proud to facilitate the Neighbourhood Plan which is being compiled by community volunteers.