Outline planning permission secured for 16 self-build and custom housebuilding plots in Stratford-on-Avon district

July 24, 2023 11:31 am Published by

Andrew Jones, Senior Planner at Tetlow King is delighted announce that outline planning permission has been secured for 16 serviced plots for self-build and custom housebuilding at Salford Priors in Stratford-on-Avon for our clients Lone Star Group. This approval follows on from an outline consent secured by Tetlow King in Wellesbourne, also in Stratford District, for 10 plots earlier this year.

The site’s location on the edge of Salford Priors, an attractive village between Stratford-upon-Avon and Evesham, represents a fantastic location for those seeking to commission or build their own home.

The consultant team worked hard to incorporate comments from the Council’s officers and statutory consultees and the resultant masterplan for the scheme is low in density, features a play area, extensive open space across the northern boundary of the scheme and a dual access layout, which will enable phased delivery of the scheme.

Stratford-on-Avon District Council (DC) have been working hard to deliver appropriate self-build sites which has included an emerging Plan with a series of proposed allocations for self and custom build. Evidence submitted by Tetlow King demonstrated that the Council are failing in their statutory duty to meet the needs of those wishing to build their own home.  This duty obliges the relevant authority to meet the demand for self-build properties as identified by the number of entrants on the Council’s Self-Build Register, by granting suitable planning permission to enough serviced plots of land. Stratford DC acknowledged it was required to deliver 76 plots between 31 October 2022 and 30 October 2023, and these 16 plots will count towards that requirement.

 

The site is proposed for allocation in the emerging Stratford Site Allocations Plan (SAP), in which it was originally allocated for 24 homes. As applicants, Lone Star Land considered that the site, by virtue of its edge of settlement location, was better suited to a smaller, lower density scheme than that proposed in the emerging SAP. Consequently, a scheme for 18 self-build plots was initially proposed, which was subsequently revised down to 16 plots in line with proposed changes to the emerging allocation.

Although the site is located outside the settlement boundary of Salford Priors and is not allocated for development in the Neighbourhood Plan, the importance placed on the delivery of self-build plots towards meeting the Council’s statutory duty meant that the benefits of the scheme were considered to outweigh the harms and, after recommendation to approve in the Committee Report, Stratford Planning Committee voted to approve the scheme.