Planning for Shipston’s future

Work is under way to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Shipston, to set out what we, local residents, businesses and other stakeholders, want for our community in the period 2011 to 2031.

Neighbourhood Plans are new to the planning system and are designed to enable local people to have more of a say in how their communities develop. Although the plans have limitations, they can give local people more of a voice in planning decisions.

Neighbourhood Plans are not just about housing. They can cover a variety of things, including parks and open spaces, infrastructure and economic prosperity. The plans can include initiatives designed to protect existing local features and services as well as priorities for new developments and enhancements.

The public consultation on the draft Shipston Neighbourhood Plan has been completed and the Neighbourhood Plan team has reviewed all the responses and comments received. Where is relevant and appropriate, changes have been made to the plan.

Shipston Town Council approved the plan on 9th October 2017 and has now been submitted to Stratford District Council for further checks and supporting information. Stratford District Council will run a final period of six weeks for further consultation and then appoint an independent examiner who will assess the plan.  Once the examiner is satisfied, the plan will be submitted to a referendum by the people of Shipston-on-Stour for final approval before becoming part of the planning process.