Draft Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan team – most of whom are Town Councilors and volunteers from the local community - has been working to address topics such as improvements to the town centre and riverside, flood risk, and provision of open public spaces.  A particular focus has been on managing future housing needs, especially for young families and the elderly.  They have also been looking at ways to protect Shipston’s rural setting, and how new employment opportunities might be created.

The content of the Neighbourhood Plan is driven by what the local community feels are priorities for Shipston over the period 2011-2031, working within the policies defined by Stratford-upon-Avon District Council’s  ‘Core Strategy’ and national planning policies.

The team has ensured that residents and other stakeholders have regularly been consulted since the inauguration of the Plan in 2012 and comments have been noted and, where appropriate, incorporated into the Plan.  A full description of the consultation process can be found in the ‘Consultation Statement’ and the accompanying ‘Consultation Evidence File’.

In the autumn of 2015 the NP team produced a set of draft policies grouped into five key topic areas: Housing, Environment, Infrastructure, Flooding and Economy.

After further work the team submitted the Plan for a statutory public consultation period beginning on 7th November 2016 and ending on 31st December 2016. The Neighbourhood Plan team is currently reviewing all the responses and comments received. Where it is relevant and appropriate to do so, the required changes will be made to the plan before it is submitted to Shipston Town Council for approval.


You can download or view a copy of the Plan, and the relevant accompanying documents, using the links below.

Introductory Notes

Explanatory letter from the Mayor

Draft Neighbourhood Plan

Commitments Map

Policy Map

A number of local projects will flow from some of the Neighbourhood Plan’s policies, to be implemented over the Plan period (2016 to 2031). These projects are not formally part of the Plan, but you can read more about them here.

What happens next?

The public consultation on the draft Shipston Neighbourhood Plan has now been completed.  Following approval by Shipston Town Council the final version will be sent to Stratford District Council for the next stage in the statutory process.

Regular updates on progress will be given in the monthly edition of the Shipston Forum, copies of which can be accessed via Shipston Town Council's website www.shipstononline.org