Survey to help shape Stratford’s future housing needs

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Over the next few days every household in the parish will receive a survey in order to identify the types and sizes of homes that local people need. A good return will provide the town council with vital information and will also form part of the evidence base required for the town’s Neighbourhood Plan.

The Mayor, Councillor Tessa Bates said: “I would urge everyone to take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire and return it to us in the FREEPOST envelope provided by Friday 9th October. If you have a neighbour or a friend or know of anyone who may have difficulty in completing the survey, or cannot get out to post it, please help them. The town council will consider the results of the survey and work together with the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Stratford District Council to explore how any needs can be addressed.”

The survey is being carried out in partnership with Warwickshire Rural Community Council (WRCC). All information given will be treated in strict confidence and Stratford Town Council will not see individual replies. Independent analysis will be undertaken by WRCC.

 

  • KEVIN R COX

    There is a very unfortunate sub-agenda here. The emphasis seems to be on ‘local’ demand and need suggesting that local opinion should be prioritized. But people follow jobs and if the jobs turn out to be in Stratford are their needs to be ignored in local planning?

    • Lizzy Perry-Natrins

      Not ignored necessarily, but younger generations of settled families ought to be considered in the development of the town…but they’re not

      • KEVIN R COX

        I understand your concerns. But building only to satisfy local demand won’t guarantee housing for all at reasonable prices. If more people want to come and live in Stratford, and that appears to be the case, then, unless supply expands accordingly, housing prices will go up and those with money will drive out those with less – which is what has happened with all the celebs living in and around the town. And ironically they were the first to rise up in revolt against the plans for an ecotown at Middle Quinton – something which might have given some relief to the stretched supply of housing in the area.