A CRUCIAL meeting to discuss the Stratford-on-Avon district’s planning strategy over the next 15 years – including the building of a 4,800-home new town – has been postponed for a week.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council announced the postponement yesterday afternoon (Friday).
The meeting – of the council’s ruling cabinet – was due to have taken place on Monday 14thOctober. It will now be held on the morning of Monday 21st October ahead of the meeting of the full council in the afternoon of the same day.
The cabinet meeting had been due to consider the responses to the formal consultation on the council’s core strategy that took place over several weeks from the beginning of August. A final decision is due to be made by the full council later.
But in a statement the council said: “The volume and quality of the consultation feedback has been well received by the district council. Some of the issues raised are of such significance there is a benefit to considering the responses to the consultations for another week.”
Cllr Chris Saint (Cons, Tredington), the leader of the council, said: “I am heartened by the quality of the responses we have received. The district council wants to make sure the right decision is made over housing and employment landfor the good of the district.
“By changing this meeting and arranging for it to take place on the same day as full council we hope this will also help those people wishing to speak at the meetings.”
Reports for the cabinet meeting now taking place on 21st October will be published on Friday 11thOctober.
There is massive opposition to one of the key elements of the council’s core planning strategy – the new town proposed for the area of Lighthorne, Lighthorne Heath and Gaydon – and opponents of the scheme have claimed that council’s handling of the issue breaches a European directive.
For full reports and analysis see next week’s papers.
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