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ST. MODWEN GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR LEISURE AT LONG MARSTON

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has received detailed planning consent for the first phase of development at its Long Marston Estate that will include 284 homes and unlock an abundance of green space and recreational activities for Stratford-upon-Avon residents.

Councillors at last night’s meeting of Stratford District Council West planning committee unanimously approved the revised proposals for the flourishing new neighbourhood that will feature the much-needed high quality new homes and a wide range of recreational facilities including public open space / sports pitches, children’s play areas, 14 full size allotments and a local centre that will include a village hall and shop. Approximately 40 acres of woodland within the site will be opened up to local people and visitors for walking and cycling.

John Dodds, Midlands Regional Director at St. Modwen, said: “We are very pleased to receive unanimous approval for our planning proposals. This result reflects the close work we have undertaken with Stratford officers and councillors to ensure this new community will benefit not only the new residents but those living further afield, in turn boosting Stratford-upon-Avon’s economy.

“Combined with the nearby Long Marston Business Park, this will be a safe and sustainable new neighbourhood in a rural setting where people can live, work, shop and socialise and connect to services and facilities by foot, bike and bus.

“In addition, more than 550 construction jobs will be created in the delivery of the first phase, which will help alleviate the loss of 300 jobs with the recent closure of Long Marston Business Park tenant JohnsonVellen.”

Prior to the occupation of the 85th dwelling, St. Modwen will deliver a sports hall suitable for football and badminton, a restaurant and café, skate park, astro-turf pitch, a plot reserved for a public house and possible bike hire in the future. A total of 30 touring caravan pitches and 30 camping pitches together with an associated amenity block will also be delivered at the same time.

St. Modwen will also create a mile-long extension to the Greenway pedestrian and cycle path that will be delivered up to 10 years earlier than originally planned. The extended path will join the existing Greenway that leads to Stratford-upon-Avon – enabling people to cycle or walk directly to and from the town.

The homes will be delivered by Persimmon Homes. St. Modwen and Persimmon have entered a joint venture to initially develop 2,000 homes on seven St. Modwen owned sites across the UK. Long Marston is one of these seven sites.

For more details on the Long Marston proposals please visit www.longmarstonmasterplan.co.uk or contact Peter Rudd at St. Modwen on prudd@stmodwen.co.uk / 0121 222 9400.