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  • Council housing plans are flawed Monday, March 19, 2012

    Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s new housing plans earmark rural hamlets and villages to accommodate the district’s future housing needs.

    The Council’s revised emerging Core Strategy suggests that thousands of new houses should be “dispersed” among rural villages across the district, despite the fact that many are poorly served by facilities or fall within the Green Belt and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    39 villages in the district have been identified to take 2,240 new homes— 40% of the total number required —and a further 560 new homes are destined for smaller, as yet unidentified, hamlets.

    The council previously focused new house-building between Stratford-upon-Avon and other larger villages close to existing services where new homes are most sustainable, but has now reversed this approach to devise a plan that spreads the housing further afield.

    Also, the council has now employed consultants as it seeks evidence to support this decision.

    The council claims that none of the 39 villages would grow by any more than 2 per cent of their current housing size under the new plan, but the policy just doesn’t add up and would leave the council far short of its overall target.

     In fact, some villages will grow by up to nearly 14 per cent if they are to accommodate the required number of houses.

    To find out more about how this new strategy may affect you, click here.

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