STRATFORD District Council is about to carry out further public consultation on specific aspects of its emerging Core Strategy.

The six-week consultation, which starts today runs to 5pm on Friday, March 14 and will seek views in relation to changes to the timeframe of the Core Strategy to cover the period 2011-2031 rather than 2008-2028.

It will also consult on the total number of new homes that need to be built, the latest evidence suggests a need for 10,800 homes between 2011 and 2031, or 540 new homes a year on average.

There will also be questions on a range of alternative strategic options to meet the increased housing requirement.

The council is also considering proposals for large scale development at Lighthorne Heath/Gaydon, Long Marston Airfield, South East Stratford and Southam North/Stoneythorpe.

It needs to gauge public opinion on whether one of these locations should be identified for development in preference to the additional number of homes being dispersed across the District.

Councillor Chris Saint, Leader of Stratford District Council, said: “We welcome constructive comments. These are essential when the Planning Inspectorate checks that the public’s views clearly help to shape our Core Strategy.”

To read a detailed booklet to explain the issues visit Hard copies of the booklet will be made available to all town and parish councils across the district and can be viewed at the District Council’s offices or at public libraries.

Comments can be made electronically via the consultation document itself or on the Comment Form and emailed to

Comments can also be posted to Stratford District Council, FREEPOST CV2468, Consultation Unit, Chief Executive's Unit, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BR.