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The Stratford Society aims to protect the  heritage of our historic market town and its residents. Founded in 1966, it  offers non-political, professional expertise on the town's buildings and their  surroundings. It works with councils and other organisations locally and  nationally and promotes high quality design in keeping with the character of  this world famous and much visited town.
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Report on the Members Meeting 19th October 2015 - The Core Strategy

At its October meeting the Society received an update on the District Council’s Core Strategy from Dave Nash, the Council’s Planning and Housing Manager. As Dave said, planning policy often seems to exist in “a parallel universe”, which is hard to penetrate by ordinary mortals. However, judging by the question and answer session after his talk, he succeeded in giving a clear explanation of the current position, hot off the press afterthe draft was agreed by the full Council earlier in the day.

The key change since the Core Strategy was last discussed by the Society is that following a public examination by an independent inspector, the Council has agreed his recommendation to increase significantly the number of new houses and flats across the District. There is expected to be substantial growth in the number of jobs in the area and in order to avoid a big increase in in-bound commuting, the number of dwellings proposed has increased from just over 11,000 to about 15,000.

Much of the increase is proposed at a major new settlement at Long Marston Airfield, with 2,100 new houses to be built before 2031 and more to follow later, and 450 to be built at Bishopton Lane to the north of the town. The Society’s concerns at both locations have so far centred around the need for high quality design, and for sufficient investment in new roads, schools, health facilities, etc. This continues to be the case, and we expect the Council to flesh out the details of these proposals in due course. The access arrangements to a new development at Bishopton Lane will need to address the canal bridge constraint and the continuing problem of heavy traffic on Birmingham Road.

One thing we do know is that the Airfield developers propose to pay for a new secondary school and local health centre as well as a new link road from Shipston Road, across the Clifford Chambers Road, eventually skirting the racecourse and joining Evesham Road. If it goes ahead, together with existing roads andthe A46 to Evesham Road link to be built as part of the Shottery development, it will almost give Stratford a complete ring road. The only gap would be across the river from Warwick Road, through Tiddington and around to Banbury Road.
Dave hopes that the revisions to the Core Strategy will be submitted to the Inspector soon, so that the examination hearings can be resumedtowards the end of this year. Following this, the Inspector can then produce his final report and, subject to there being no legal challenge,it is hoped that the Core Strategy will be adopted as the formal basis for future planning in the District by next summer.
Next Members Meeting 16th November 2015 - 6.15pm at The Falcon
Artist, designer and local historian, Sarah Hosking looks at twentiethcentury works of art put in public spaces in Stratford and nearby Midlands. 

Public reaction is often mixed and the debate continues into the twenty-first century....
Members Christmas Soiree 6th December 2015 - 5.30pm to 8pm At Stratford Town Hall

All members of the Stratford Society are invited to enjoy a convivial evening at the start of the festive season.

Take this opportunity to socialise with fellow members, while we enjoy drinks and canapes in the beautiful Ballroom at The Town Hall, accompanied by musical entertainment.

Tickets are £20.00 per person which includes canapes and welcome drink.

A bar will be available.

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Members Visit - to Sezincote House September 16th 2015
Our party of 34 members and guests enjoyed a fascinating tour of Sezincote, thanks to the very informative (and drily humorous) guide.  For most of us it was our first ever visit to this unique Anglo-Indian house. 

When he visited in 1807, shortly after its completion, the Prince Regent was inspired to insist that the designs for the Brighton Dome be changed from Chinese to Indian.  From its Regency pomp, however, there was decline in the twentieth century and by the end of WW2 it was nearly derelict. 

Bought by Sir Cyril and Lady Kleinwort, it was lovingly restored and furnished to its present glory and it remains in the family.   

The rain held off long enough for us to walk through and appreciate the gardens, which had also suffered neglect during the war but have since been replanted and restored;  they are simply gorgeous and stand comparison with those at Hidcote.  We would love to see their colours in later autumn and in spring. 

Our thanks to Dr Edward Peake and his staff for making us welcome.
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