Businesses learn more about Stratford’s 3,500 homes development

STRATFORD homes development

South Warwickshire businesses were briefed on the development of 3,500 new homes and a garden village just outside Stratford-upon-Avon.

The South Warwickshire branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce met with Cala Homes – the company behind the development on the former Long Marston airfield – and were given a tour of the site along with local MP Nadhim Zahawi.

The first phase of the scheme will see the creation of 400 homes and eventually the development will include two primary schools, a secondary school, employments sites, and a neighbourhood centre.

It could also see the construction of the South Western Relief Road, which is planned to take traffic out of the town centre by linking Luddington Road and Shipston Road.

Larry Coltman, chair of the South Warwickshire Branch, said it was key that adequate infrastructure was created to allow the garden village to be as sustainable as possible and to limit impact on an already congested town centre.

He said: “The Chamber welcomes a road as, without it, the already considerable traffic problems in Stratford town centre would be made even worse and that would have an impact on everyone.

“We are fully aware that the proposed route is very contentious and clearly that is a matter which the authorities need to work through but it is vital that improvements and additions are made if the Garden Village is to be absorbed into the area and becomes the success everyone would like it to be.

“Certainly, being on site brought home the size and scale of the development which will be brought on stream over the next two decades.

“Housing supply and the ability of young people to get on the housing ladder are a pressing issue in the Stratford area as they are elsewhere, and it is vital that a mix of housing in terms of size and affordability is provided.

“That is clearly easier to do when you are starting with a fresh site and we look forward to seeing the garden village make a positive impact on the housing issue.”