Welcome to the West Stratford Website
West Stratford is a proposal to create a high quality development of new homes, a relief road, a new primary school, a new park open to the public and other improvements to the west of Stratford upon Avon.
After years spent working closely with Stratford-on-Avon District Council to create a quality scheme in accordance with the council’s development strategy, Bloor Homes and Hallam Land Management submitted a planning application for land in Shottery, West of Stratford, in October 2009.
Our application includes a new Relief Road to relieve traffic congestion in the town, a new and improved primary school to replace St Andrews school, a new convenience store and a range of community facilities for Shottery and the surrounding area, plus new landscaped public parkland.
All of these facilities are much needed for Stratford, but can only be delivered through funding realised from the development of new housing and employment.
The new housing is needed to sustain the future economic growth of Stratford upon Avon and to provide improved access to the local housing market. Many of the new homes will be discounted for first-time homebuyers making it easier for local families to get a foot on the housing ladder. Our surveys show that low cost housing is in short supply in the district.
However, despite years of work, Stratford-on-Avon District Council refused planning permission in September 2011 against the recommendations of its own officers. We appealed the decision and a Government Planning Inspector held a Public Inquiry in April and May 2012.
The Inspector subsequently submitted his report (that recommended that the appeal be allowed and outline planning permission be granted) to Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for his consideration and determination. On 24th October 2012, the Secretary of State announced his decision and supported the Inspector's conclusions to uphold the appeal, thereby granting planning permission for our proposals.
Despite this decision, Stratford-on-Avon District Council launched a legal challenge to the Secretary of State's decision in late 2012. This legal challenge was heard at Birmingham Justice Centre by Mr Justice Hickinbottom on 2nd July 2013.
On 18th July, Mr Justice Hickinbottom rejected the Council’s appeal and ratified the Secretary of State's decision letter and the Planning Inspector's report.
To view the Secretary of State's decision letter and the Planning Inspector's report click here.
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