Bishopton Lane

RPS secured a Strategic Development Plan Allocation and an Outline Planning Permission on behalf of Taylor Wimpey and Miller Homes Ltd for 500 dwellings to the North of Stratford on a 25-hectare greenfield site.

Project timeline

  • 2012

    April - start date

  • 2016

    Development plan allocation

  • 2017

    March - outline planning approval

  • 2019

    February - reserved matters approval

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2012

April - start date

2016

Development plan allocation

2017

March - outline planning approval

2019

February - reserved matters approval

Key details

Project name
Bishopton Lane

Client

  • Taylor Wimpey
  • Miller Homes

Location
Stratford-upon-Avon

Services provided

  • Planning

Challenge

From a planning perspective, the principal challenge related to the Council’s hostility to the site and greenfield expansion of the historic town of Stratford. This resulted in the council submitting its Core Strategy to the Planning Inspectorate without the allocation of the site.

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Solution

RPS engaged extensively and gave evidence during all the stages of the Core Strategy Examination in 2015 and 2016. This included sessions relating to housing growth, spatial strategy, sustainability appraisal and competing sites. The result of the process led the Planning Inspector to declare the Plan unsound without an increased housing requirement, a greater concentration at Stratford, removal of other greenfield sites and the allocation via the modification process of the Bishopton Lane site for 500 dwellings. RPS then successfully defended the site allocation during the re-convened Examination sessions in 2016.

Following the site’s allocation, RPS coordinated and acted as lead consultant for the preparation and submission in 2016 of a planning application for 500 dwellings and other uses on the site. The S106 was signed and planning permission issued in Spring 2017. We have subsequently gained reserved matters approval for the first phases of housing development.

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