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Residents reluctant about market plan

STRATFORD District Council has received more than 60 letters of objection to plans to build homes on the old cattle market site.

STRATFORD District Council has received more than 60 letters of objection to plans to build homes on the old cattle market site.

Taylor Wimpey have submitted an application to redevelop the market, building 42 houses and a small supermarket.

A previous proposal with plans for 62 homes was discussed and rejected by residents in November 2007.

Residents cited a number of objections to the development including increased density of housing, the inclusion of three storey housing, inadequate parking and an increased risk of flooding and pollution.

However councillors on Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council have already endorsed the application despite local protests.

Comments on the Henley News On-line website about the council’s approval included ‘ I cannot believe that in the 21st century a locally voted body can choose to ignore the local population’s serious doubts against such a development’ and ‘I do not support the proposed plans and think it is about time the JPC took notice of the people’s voice. After all, they are supposed to represent we, who voted for them. It will be a sad day if the plans are approved’.

In the town, a Market Action Group has been set up which supports in principle the redevelopment of the Henley Cattle Market site with a plan in keeping with the town’s historical traditions and long term needs.

Contact its chairman - Lucy Lunt on 01564 794873 or e-mail lucy@thehaseys.org for more information.

A spokesperson for Taylor Wimpey Midlands said: “We are committed to creating a development that is in keeping with the local area and as such have made a number of amendments to the scheme responding to concerns raised by members of the local community. We are working closely with Stratford on Avon District Council and hope to be in a position to submit revised details to the planning department next week.”

 

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