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19th Aug, 2022

Residents fear three-storey house plans could set 'dangerous' precedent for developers

RESIDENTS fear plans for a three-storey house in Stratford could set a ‘dangerous’ precedent for future developments.

The plans for the garden plot on Manor Road – next to a parcel of land recently sold by King Edward VI School – have received nearly 20 objections including from Stratford Town Council.

To make way for the house, a number of trees would need to be felled. Among them is a red oak tree said to have been planted in memory of a former soldier who lived in the street.

Although a report has recommended the oak remain, one resident believes its root network is at risk to make way for the property.

They said: “Roots of protected trees and a beautiful red oak memorial tree would be at risk. Homes to local wildlife would be lost too.

“It may be planning for one house but if it goes ahead, it sets a dangerous precedent for the adjacent plot recently sold to a developer subject to planning.

“A row of potentially three-storey, linked detached houses here would be a terrible loss of open green space, trees and light and is totally out of character with Manor Road, the ridge height would be way higher than the houses nearby which are mostly bungalows.”

Other objectors agree the three-story house is not in keeping with others in the road and could influence future developments.

The nearby school land was controversially sold as a housing ‘development opportunity’ to take ‘a number of quality houses’.

It is understood six homes could be built on the site.

The cash will help fund ambitious plans for a state-of-the-art sporting hub announced earlier this year.

They include installing a floodlit artificial hockey pitch which can be converted into 12 tennis courts during the summer months.

Stratford District Council is set to make the decision in mid-January.

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