Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

This content has been provided by Ilmington Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
Only a month to go before the Referendum on Thursday 6th May 2021, which will decide whether the Ilmington Neighbourhood Plan sits alongside the Stratford-on-Avon District Council Core Strategy and is used to help determine future planning applications in the parish.
We encourage you to use your vote. First, make sure you’re registered to vote. To find out more about the different ways to vote, scroll to the bottom of this web page. To help you decide how to vote, the Steering Group has arranged an outdoor exhibition and two Covid-19 safe Zoom sessions.
Community Shop Café Exhibition
The Plan’s policies will be displayed in the Café windows from 5th - 24th April to help refresh your memory about the Plan.
Read the parking policies article
Two Zoom sessions to answer pre-submitted questions
To respond to as many questions as possible, we are asking for questions to be submitted in advance rather than an open forum discussion. Please note that it is not possible to change the plan at this stage. The sessions are:
These links will also be available on the 20:20 email circulation.
Please submit your questions by Wednesday 21st April
Place them in the NDP Box in the Community Shop or email . If you don’t have computer access for a Zoom session, please include your telephone number with your question and we will contact you.
The Ilmington Neighbourhood Plan and associated documents can be viewed at:
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The plan's influence already

In the past year, the Plan has been influential and used by Ilmington Parish Council and Stratford on Avon District Council (SDC) in planning decisions. Because the Plan has passed examination, SDC’s Site Allocation Plan now proposes substantially fewer sites in Ilmington and matches the Neighbourhood Plan. We can all be proud of the hard work and effort the whole community has put into the Plan and the influence it has already had on planning decisions. Ilmington Parish Council had been supportive of the Neighbourhood Plan process throughout. If the referendum passes by more than 50% of votes cast, the plan will formally sit alongside the SDC Core Strategy
What do the plan policies do? They ...
  • Protect our local green spaces, valued landscapes, wildlife, biodiversity, orchards, allotments and architectural heritage.
  • Set standards for flood risk and foul water drainage mitigation.
  • Ensure new development is sympathetic to Ilmington’s special character through its extensive design guide.
  • Allocate sites for new homes which include the building of affordable housing within Ilmington.
Future development in Ilmington
With or without a plan, Ilmington is required to contribute to the district’s housing land supply as part of the Stratford-on-Avon District Council Core Strategy. So, the question is how development is managed. Some of these areas are discussed below.
Affordable housing:
The Neighbourhood Plan provides for on-site affordable housing to address identified need in the village. It is less likely that affordable housing would be built in Ilmington if the Plan does not pass referendum.
Reserve sites:
Reserve sites are identified in Neighbourhood Plans should Stratford-on-Avon District Council not achieve its agreed 5 year housing supply. The Ilmington Neighbourhood Plan provides for one reserve site for approximately 8 dwellings. Because of this, the latest version of the District Council Site Allocation Plan no longer allocates further reserve sites in Ilmington. If the Ilmington Neighbourhood Plan does not pass referendum, it is reasonable to expect that the District Council Site Allocation Plan would revert to the 6 reserve sites in Ilmington with up to 78 dwellings as it had proposed originally.
Local green spaces:
The Neighbourhood Plan identifies 10 green spaces within the village that will be designated and protected from the risk of development.
Read the design policies article
The Neighbourhood Plan would guide all new development through its extensive Design Guide. The purpose of the Guide is to identify the distinctive features of Ilmington, help conserve them and influence the look and style of development. The Plan itself sets out policies relating specifically to Ilmington’s character. These are in addition to the more overarching design policies found in the SDC Core Strategy.
Read the parking policies article
The Plan creates a local parking standard that requires new developments to provide more spaces than the District Council’s standards so as not to increase present on-street parking.

Voting in the Referendum

To be able to vote in the referendum, make sure you are registered to vote. Applications must be received before midnight on 19th April 2021.
To register, visit
There are 3 ways to vote:
  1. IN-PERSON: District councils are working hard to provide in-person elections in a Covid-safe environment. If voting in-person concerns you then your other options are:
  2. BY PROXY: Register as soon as possible to vote by proxy either by post or non-postal. Deadline for receiving new postal proxy applications is 5pm 20th April 2021. Deadline for receiving non-postal and emergency proxy applications is 5pm 27th April 2021.
  3. BY POST: Deadline for receiving new postal vote applications is 5pm 20th April 2021.
This is your opportunity to ensure your voice is counted in deciding how Ilmington will be developed in the future.
The Ilmington Neighbourhood Plan and associated documents can be viewed at:
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