Inspired by the adoption of the Core Strategy in July, officers and members have spent the summer conducting a Strategic Review, essentially a holistic view of Stratford, which has focused on how to deliver the Core Strategy effectively and to plan for Stratford’s future growth.
This has included public representation from businesses, residents, tourism boards and transport board, among many others, to form a all round view of Stratford and the other market towns in the district, as they are now and how people want them to be.
The review has included thoughts and representation from the RSC on how they can get people to Stratford and keep them here for a weekend, how the canal quarter should be developed and the infrastructure required for that, new park land options, train line improvements to Solihull, Leamington and Birmingham and road infrastructure in and around the town, which includes a potential eastern relief road to join the western relief road.
All public representations and meetings have now taken place and officers are bringing together all the information we have obtained. I am told we can expect a draft infrastructure plan and by the end of this year with a public presentation of that plan to coincide with Nadhim Zahawi’s next transport summit.
CIL – Community Infrastructure Levy
Part of the Core Strategy adoption has allowed for the introduction of a new charging structure for developments in the district, called the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
The CIL essentially replaces the s106 agreements where communities were able to gain financial contributions to local projects by legal agreement. The new structure ensures that all new developments, over and above one property, are required to make a financial contribution to the CIL pot. This pot can be accesses by local communities via an application for funding for local projects.
Exactly how this will happen is yet to be determined and we have just completed our examination in public of the CIL documentation. We anticipate a response from our inspector by the end of October with a view to bringing the final document to full council in December.
Communities are able to apply for up to 15% of the contribution made by developers in their parish. That amount goes up to 25% if a Neighbourhood Plan is in place.