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19th Aug, 2022

Planned houses threaten village conservation site

HOUSES could be built on one of the last green spaces in Shottery.

Stanford Homes has put forward a new application for five houses on an old horse paddock behind homes on Shottery Road.

The proposal follows the developer’s previous application for six houses, which was withdrawn last year.

The revised plans include 13 parking spaces in car ports behind the homes.

The village – which is currently facing a development of 800 houses behind Anne Hathaway’s Cottage – is a conservation area and residents fear the new plans could impact on the character of the village.

Shottery ward councillor Molly Giles said: “This site represents an important open space of what remains in Shottery village. It contributes to a sense of identity for Shottery village as apart from the rest of Stratford town. It is one of last undeveloped corners of the village and sits in a conservation area.

“This proposal would urbanise a corner of Shottery. The hedge-lined pathways enjoy frequent use by visitors and tourists linking Stratford with Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.”

The plans have also prompted road safety concerns with residents saing the village – home to Shottery Girls Grammar School – is already traffic-choked.

But an assessment into the access road to the site considered the entrance was wide enough for two vehicles and said its narrow width would prompt drivers to slow down.

Stansgate’s report concludes: “We believe the strategy for the proposed scale mass, layout and materials of the development of the site will result in a development that fits into the fabric of the village and will contribute positively to the environment both visually and economically.”

The application is expected to be considered in May.

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