8th Dec, 2016

Money to cover cost of planning inquiry agreed by councillors

Stratford Editorial 19th Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COUNCILLORS have agreed to budget a further £90,000 to cover the cost of an upcoming public examination into planning.

Stratford District Council is currently in the process of trying to adopt its Core Strategy and has spent just under £950,000 so far during the process.

The key planning document, which will help shape development in the district until 2031, underwent a month-long examination at the beginning of this year.

But inspector Pete Drew advised the council to make a number of changes and the document is set to go under the microscope for a second time in January.

And at a recent meeting, councillors gave the green light to transfer money to help finance the additional costs associated with the re-opening of the public examination.

They also agreed to look at the possibility of re-establishing a southern park and ride in the future.

It comes after Lib Dem councillors Jenny Fradgley and Kate Rolfe put forward a notice of motion asking them to consider new sites for a southern park and ride following the closure of the Waitrose site off Shipston Road in July.

They argued if a proposed relief road was built between Long Marston and the Shipston Road, a junction on the road could be a suitable site.

Members backed the move – resolving to consider the possibility in any future negotiations involving the relief road.