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Concerns raised over Henley College plans

Stratford Editorial 28th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CONCERNS have been raised about plans to turn Henley College into a retirement village.

Beaudesert and Henley Joint Parish Council are unhappy with developer RCA Regeneration’s current proposals for the Stratford Road site.

Warwickshire College announced in September the college would close its doors at the end of the academic year in July, following cuts to the further education budget and a decline in student numbers.

The original plans were for a maximum of 45 homes, but now developers want to build 27 terraced houses, 12 flats and create an as yet unspecified number of apartments in the Grade-II listed Arden House.

But the parish council has raised concerns about the access road to the site – which also serves other housing – saying it is not suitable for the increase in traffic the development would bring.

They argue the lane cannot be widened sufficiently in some areas because part of it sits next to a listed wall, and land either side belongs to other owners.

It has also been suggested the site’s sports facilities should be retained for public use under the control of the joint parish council.

Councillors are urging the developers to arrange a meeting to allow townspeople to raise concerns surrounding the proposed development.

Planning consultants for the Warwickshire College say the care village would help meet Stratford district’s housing needs with a particular focus on older people.

The application can be seen at apps.stratford.gov.uk/eplanning by searching application reference 15/03669/OUT.