9th Dec, 2016

Public examination into future of district's housing set to resume

Stratford Editorial 11th Jan, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE PUBLIC examination of the document that will guide the district’s future development is set to resume this week.

Stratford District Council’s Core Strategy was submitted to the government in September 2014 and a month-long public examination by planning inspector Pete Drew followed in January of last year.

But in his interim report Mr Drew said the key planning document was ‘not sound’ and the council’s target of building 11,300 homes by 2031 would need to increase.

As a result, the authority was forced to make a number of modifications – including revising its target to 14,480 homes.

A six week consultation period was then undertaken and the changes were formally rubber stamped by councillors in October when it was agreed the document would be re-submitted.

Mr Drew will be returning to the council’s HQ from Tuesday (January 12) when he will continue the public examination over a two-week period with sessions running from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Members of the public are free to attend and listen, however, participation is determined in advance by the inspector and limited only to those who have made representations relevant to the topic under consideration.

Click here for the full programme of sessions.