A REGENERATION of part of Stratford’s canal would see 1,000 new homes and a number of businesses built to create a new community.
The planned development in the canal area close to the town centre would see currently ‘under-used’ land the equivalent size of around 27 football pitches transformed.
There would be more than 1,000 homes on the site along with a park and community building. Businesses would take up just over the equivalent of one football pitch of the remaining space.
Councillors hope the site will become a hub for homes and businesses for the area.
Any businesses which are already based at the site have the option of relocating to nearby Alcester Road or Atherstone Airfield.
The report reads: “The overarching design principle for the Canal Quarter is to create a vibrant, safe and satisfying environment for a wide range of users that can be sustained in the long term.”
Under the recently approved Core Strategy – which shapes the future of the district until 2031 – Stratford District Council and developers plan to create a ‘Canal Quarter’ incorporating Western Road, Wharf Road, Timothy’s Bridge Road and Masons Road.
A study into the Stratford Canal Quarter Regeneration Scheme was presented to the district council this week, with councillors accepting the document and now moving forward to create a planning application.
Around 1,000 homes would be built in the ‘regeneration zone’ with 650 built by 2031 and a quarter being affordable housing. Most would be along the Western Road side of the canal and shops would mostly dominate the opposite side.
The council held a number of stakeholder workshops to hear any concerns about the plans, with parking, access and even a suggestion to create a ‘park, row and ride’ voiced.
At the time original plans for the Canal Quarter were revealed a spokesman said: “Our ambition is to rejuvenate Stratford in a way that a town of such worldwide significance deserves, while at the same time preserving and highlighting those historic and cultural elements upon which its reputation is based.
“We want Stratford to be a delight not just for the millions of visitors who come here but also for the people live or work here. We want Stratford to be a place of which future generations will be proud.”