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St. Modwen has confirmed details of the sports, leisure and retail facilities planned for the centre of its mixed use development at Long Marston. 

Open to residents, holidaymakers and the wider community, the central hub will boast a sports hall with four badminton courts and changing rooms, an all-weather sports pitch suitable for hockey, five-a-side football and tennis, a camping site for 30 touring caravans and 30 camping pitches in addition to car parking, landscaping and links to the Greenway – the scenic cycle and walking path leading to Stratford-upon-Avon. 

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, also plans to deliver a café and restaurant together with 18 apartments in a courtyard style development, along with the previously approved community facility and convenience store. Six of the apartments will be affordable homes. 

The design of buildings has been inspired by the farm buildings, barn stables and outbuildings of the surrounding villages of Pebworth and Lower Quinton, utilising traditional materials including red and grey roof tiles, red facing brickwork, render and timber cladding. 

The proposals for the central hub have been unveiled in a detailed planning application submitted to Stratford-upon-Avon District Council. They will complement the first phase of development currently underway, which includes 284 homes, the community hall and shop, sports pavilion and pitches, children’s play areas, a skate park, 14 full size allotments and car parking. 

Richard Hickman, Planning Manager at St. Modwen, said: “The central area will be the core of the flourishing new, mixed use development at Long Marston, offering a range of facilities for new and existing residents and holidaymakers. It will also create an attractive focal point and a stopping off place for those using the new extended Greenway.” 

Being developed on the 470 acre former Ministry of Defence depot, just minutes from Long Marston Business Park, St. Modwen’s regeneration scheme is set to create a complete community in an attractive, leisure-led environment where people have access to retail, social and employment opportunities and easy connections by foot, bike and bus. The overall scheme is set to bring a welcome boost to the Stratford-upon-Avon community with the creation of hundreds of jobs. 

The proposals for the central area follow a series of design workshops with ward members of Stratford-on-Avon District Council and local councillors representing Marston Sicca, Quinton and Mickleton Parishes. 

The homes will be delivered by Persimmon Homes. St. Modwen and Persimmon established a joint venture in 2010 and, under the agreement, plan to develop over 2,000 residential plots on eight sites over the course of a seven year period. Long Marston is one of these eight sites.