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First Homes are a government scheme for affordable home ownership designed to help first time buyers onto the property market by offering homes at a discount compared to the market price. This note sets out the Council’s requirements for First Homes, which should be included on sites that  provide affordable housing.

Developers are encouraged to engage with the Council’s Housing Strategy team at the earliest possible opportunity when formulating residential development proposals.

The document can be found here.

Biodiversity Net Gain

This is a requirement from 12th February 2024.  Further information can be found on the Biodiversity Net Gain document.

Planning fee increase effective from 6 December 2023

Legislative amendments to increase planning application fees have now been formally “made” and took effect on 6 December 2023. Amongst these changes are:

  • An increase in planning application fees by 25% across the board, rising to 35% for major schemes based on the legislative interpretation of ‘major development’.
  • The provision for a ‘free go’ on application resubmissions removed, but individual applications that were already eligible for a free resubmission prior to the change (i.e. before 6 December 2023) will remain so.
  • An annual rise in application fees linked to inflation (capped at 10% every April from 2025 onwards).

What are the new fees?

The Planning Portal has created A Guide to the Fees for Planning Applications in England (

The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2023.

These Regulations amend the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/2920) (“the 2012 Fees Regulations”).

Statement of Community Involvement - Updated

Following public consultation that ran from 17 July to 29 August 2023, the Council has updated its Statement of Community Involvement. Further details can be found on the Statement of Community Involvement webpage.

Net Zero Carbon SPD - Consultation

The Council carried out a public consultation on the draft Net Zero Carbon Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). This consultation ran for a period of six weeks from Wednesday 18 October - Wednesday 29 November 2023. Further details of the consultation and how to comment can be found on the Net Zero Carbon SPD webpage. 

Updated Statement of Community Involvement 2023 - Consultation

The Council carried out a public consultation on the updated Statement of Community Involvement seeking people's comments. This consultation ran for a period of six weeks from Monday 17 July - Tuesday 29 August 2023. Further details of the consultation can be found on the Statement of Community Involvement webpage.

Energy Efficiency for Historic Buildings

Warwick District Council declared a Climate Emergency in June 2019 and aims to become a carbon-neutral organisation by 2025. Nationally, about 20% of all homes were built before 1919, using traditional methods and materials. Maintaining these buildings is a powerful climate action, as it ‘locks in’ the carbon used to build these in the first place. 

See our energy efficiency for historic buildings page for further guidance. 

South Warwickshire Local Plan Issues & Options - Consultation

Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils had undertaken an Issues & Options Consultation and 2nd Call for Sites for the South Warwickshire Local Plan. This ran for a period of 8 weeks between Monday 9 January and Monday 6 March 2023. Consultation responses and sites submitted during the 2nd Call for Sites have now been published. More information can be found on the South Warwickshire Local Plan website.

Net Zero Carbon DPD Submitted for Examination

The Net Zero Carbon DPD was submitted to the Secretary of State, through the Planning Inspectorate, on 17th October 2022. An independent examination will be undertaken into the soundness and legal compliance of the Plan.

Further details of the examination process, and the documents submitted, can be seen at - Net Zero Carbon DPD submitted for examination.

Cubbington Public Path Diversion Order

Warwick District Local Plan – Notice of Amendment Regarding Policy Map No. 19. –  Sherbourne

Please be advised that this website was amended on 22nd December 2020 to display the definitive and accurate Local Plan Policy Map for Sherbourne. The information depicted on this map is in accordance with the Map that was agreed at the Local Plan Examination and subsequently formally Adopted by Warwick District Council in 2017.

Regrettably, due to an administrational error, an inaccurate variant of the Sherbourne Policy Map has been previously posted on this website and also bound within hard copies of the Local Plan.

Replacement hard copies of this Map will be available on request from the Planning Policy Team.

For information on how we handle and process your personal data, please visit the planning privacy notice page.

Pre-application advice 

Find out whether a specific proposed development would be likely to be acceptable and what the key issues will be before the submission of a formal application.

Discuss your proposals with a planning officer - types of advice and fees

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