Residents urged to have their say on district's future - The Stratford Observer

Residents urged to have their say on district's future

Stratford Editorial 16th Jun, 2022   0

STRATFORD District Council is holding a six-week public consultation inviting residents to have their say on where future housing developments are built.

The public consultation, on SDC’s Revised Site Allocations Plan, begins on Thursday (June 16) and will allow the public to view the sites identified for future development, submit their comments, and so play their part in shaping the future of the district.

The plan includes policies and proposals on reserve housing sites, self-build and custom housebuilding, built-up area boundaries and specific site proposals, as well as employment enabling sites and A46 safeguarding.

Residents will also be able to view, within the plan, the policies that the council will use to judge planning applications.

The revised plan is different to the original as it 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 will not be included in those areas that have already exceeded their dwelling provision.

The consultation runs until 5pm on Friday July 29.

SDC deputy leader Coun Daren Pemberton said: “This consultation is the latest stage in the preparation of the Site Allocations Plan which will be an important element of the district’s Development Plan once adopted.

“The plan sets out a range of planning policies and site proposals that set out the council’s approach to managing development across the district. The security of having a strong housing land supply including a series of identified reserve housing sites if required, will help protect the district from speculative developments in unsuitable locations.

“It is important that people have the opportunity to inform the plan and we welcome comments on its content.”

The consultation documents can be viewed online at where there will also be information on how to submit comments. Alternatively, the documents are available at the SDC offices in Church Street, Stratford.

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