July 2016 Council Update

Core Strategy

At long last we now have a fully adopted and legally compliant Core Strategy for the Stratford upon Avon District.

Our Planning Inspector, Pete Drew, gave the green light to the District Council at the end of June and at an extraordinary meeting of the Council on 11th July, the plan was adopted with a vote of 30 for and 2 against.

The adopted plan is available to view online and shapes the way development will happen across the district until 2031.

Business Support

In an effort to breathe life back into the towns, the District Council have launched a free business support mechanism. It includes free planning advice to potential occupants of empty shops, rate relief and reoccupation relief in the towns and a hardship relief fund.

In conjunction with the newly opened, state of the art Venture House, the Council is also working with the CW LEP and offering access to free business support in the form of mentoring, coaching, business planning, access to finance, exporting and apprenticeships. For more information please visit Venture House in Stratford or contact myself.


On 22nd June the council were pleased to announce that they would be homing 3-5 Syrian refugee families in the center of Stratford. Through a combination of District Council work and work from the Home Office, it has been agreed that the families will be put into private rented accommodation, paid for by central government, in an area of the town that will allow the families to integrate and have full access to schools, jobs, health services and other facilities.