STUDLEY residents are being urged to have their say on the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for the village.
And they’re being invited to an open day to see the proposals at the village hall on Saturday, June 23 from 12noon to 4pm.
A steering group has been created, made up of 14 Studley residents and six councillors, and chaired by Councillor Paul Beaman.
“This is our chance to set out how we want our village to grow and what in the village we want to protect,” he said.
“The information gathered from residents and businesses on the day will help the group compile a questionnaire which will be used to write a Neighbourhood Plan for Studley.
“Once the Plan has been adopted it will have a legal status in the planning system and will enable the Parish Council to work to make Studley the village residents want it to be.
“So come along and tell us what you think of Studley.”
Studley has a number of specific issues relevant to the plan:
– The proximity of Redditch, highlighted by the building work at the back of the Alexandra Hospital.
– Increased traffic with the development of the Redditch Eastern Gateway at Gorcott Hill
– The imminent opening of the Warners Hotel at Studley Castle.
– The preservation of the Green Belt and the lack of development land within the Studley triangle.
Residents will also be able to voice their views on local amenities and business opportunities.
Once created and approved, a Neighbourhood Plan, which will last for ten years, is lodged with Stratford District Council and planners must take it into account when deciding key issues affecting the village.