Planning History

Stratford on Avon District Local Plan

In 2003, the Stratford on Avon District Local Plan established the principle of building to the west of Shottery. The Council's subsequent "Development Principles" documents detailed how the development should be designed to continue the evolution of the town and to help deal with local issues such as town centre traffic congestion.

The brief asked for a relief road to the west of the town, new homes, a new coach and car access to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, traffic calming measures around the town, six hectares of public parkland, a convenience store, a new replacement primary school, areas of woodland and a new health centre to be delivered between 2011 and 2021.

At that time we announced our proposals in response to this brief. The plans were welcomed by local Councillors and seen as a solution to the problems of visitor traffic in Shottery and as a major opportunity for a substantial amount of open space to be made available for public use.

In 2006, the Stratford-on-Avon District Local Plan allocated land to the West Stratford for housing development as a reserve site and in 2008 was included in the Local Development Framework (LDF) as a development site for 800 homes.

In October 2009, Bloor Homes and Hallam Land Management submitted a planning application for West Stratford to Stratford-on-Avon District Council. This application responded precisely to the original Local Plan and the Local Development Framework.

In September 2011, Stratford-on-Avon District Council  refused planning permission for West Stratford. Bloor Homes appealed the decision and a Government Planning Inspector held a Public Inquiry in April and May 2012.

The Inspector subsequently submitted his report (that recommended that the appeal be allowed and outline planning permission be granted) to Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for his consideration and determination. On 24th October 2012, the Secretary of State announced his decision and supported the Inspector's conclusions to uphold the appeal, thereby granting planning permission for the West of Stratford proposals.

Despite this decision, Stratford-on-Avon District Council launched a legal challenge to the Secretary of State's decision in late 2012. This legal challenge was heard at Birmingham Justice Centre by Mr Justice Hickinbottom on 2nd July 2013.

On 18th July, Mr Justice Hickinbottom rejected the Council’s appeal and ratified the Secretary of State's decision letter and the Planning Inspector's report.

To view the Secretary of State's decision letter and the Planning Inspector's report click here.

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