November 2016 Council Report

Strategic Review

In last months report I talked about the recently conducted Strategic Review and that the council would be producing its findings and future plans towards the end of the year.

The first of those reports is due to be presented to members on 28th November and focuses on the future Transport Plan for Stratford District, with particular emphasis on the town itself.

At this stage the plan is in draft form but I understand it is likely to include a plan to make the A46 a dual lane carriageway from the M5 through to the M69 and a proposal for an eastern relief road, along with shared space ideas for Stratford Town Centre (which you will have seen in the Herald last week).

The plan is only in draft at the moment and is subject to change. After members have been fully briefed on the 28th November we will have a better understanding of the proposals and will report back to you all.

A final plan is due to be unveiled at Nadhim Zahawi’s next transport summit on 9th February.


Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a fixed rate charge that developers pay on new developments across the District and will supplement the current S.106 agreements. The money raised through CIL will be used to help fund the physical, green and social infrastructure needed to support development.

Following the public examination of the CIL in September, the council have been asked to give further evidence to support its charging structure, more specifically “sensitivity testing”.

As a result the Council have opened further public consultation on the technical evidence between 7th November and 2nd December. For more information on the CIL or to make a representation please visit


Balter Festival

On 14th November I was notified of an application to host festival, the Balter Festival, at the Armouries in Snitterfield.  The proposed dates for the festival are 2nd to 6th June 2017.

At the time of writing I have only had brief conversations with the applicant and the licensing department to understand what is being proposed. The applicant has been requested to attend the next Parish Council meeting to outline his plans, so please do come along with any questions you may have.

If you would like to make representation, please do so either directly to the SDC licensing department or via myself ( The closing date for representations is 9th December