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 submitted it to Stratford District Council. Stratford District Council ran a six week period of further consultation and appointed an independent examiner to assess the plan. The examiner published his report in March 2018 and recommended that the plan go forward to a referendum by the people of Shipston subject to modifications recommended in the report. A link to the examiner's report is located in the 'documents' page.

The result of the referendum on September 6th was as follows: Total number of votes cast: 1,066 (26.59% of those registered to vote). For acceptance of the plan-931. Against acceptance of the plan-133. Rejected votes-2.

The plan was adopted by Stratford District Council on 15th October 2018.