STRATFORD District Council has agreed to re-submit its Core Strategy for independent examination.
It follows proposed modifications produced in response to concerns raised by planning inspector Pete Drew when the original document was submitted last year.
The modifications are focused on:
- Establishing the Housing Requirement at 724 dwellings per annum
- Meeting the increased housing requirement through the identification of additional strategic sites
- Affordable Housing
- A limited number of employment related issues
Council leader Chris Saint said: “This is an important milestone in our Core Strategy adoption process.
“The outcome of the initial examination hearings associated with the Core Strategy was an Interim Conclusions report that has required significant additional work to be undertaken.
“The recommendations agreed reflect the council’s ongoing commitment to developing a sound Core Strategy as quickly as is reasonably possible.”
The council’s Core Strategy will replace the Local Plan Review 2006 and will outline development plans across the district up to 2031.
All modifications considered by the Inspector to be necessary to secure full soundness of the plan will be formally proposed via his Final Report, which will be accompanied by a schedule of recommended Main Modifications.
All changes to the Submission Plan proposed by the Inspector that constitute ‘Main Modifications’ will be open to further representations when the Council publishes them, with a statutory six week representation period at that final stage ahead of adoption.