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4th Jul, 2022

Council to consider sustainable transport for Garden Village

SUSTAINABLE transport options are set to be considered for the Garden Village development at Long Marston Airfield.

Stratford District Council (SDC) has commissioned consultants to investigate sustainable transport options to serve the development. This work will include considering how the village could become more self-contained to reduce the need for residents to travel.

SDC deputy leader Daren Pemberton said: “Long Marston Airfield could become a blueprint for what new large-scale developments should look like in a zero-carbon world.”

The planned South Western Relief Road – linked to the development – has faced fierce opposition from residents who doubt its ability to relieve traffic among environmental concerns including flooding. It also lost out on an £86,000 government bid, leaving a significant funding gap.

But Coun Pemberton insisted the £130million road was necessary.

He added: “The SWRR rightly remains on the table and its route is safeguarded. It remains the only identified solution (i.e. in the adopted Core Strategy), subject to planning permission being granted, to addressing the traffic impact of the new settlement.

“However, this new work is an opportunity for fresh thinking in light of climate change and Covid-19 and it is right that we explore every avenue. It may be that this work confirms the necessity of the SWRR. What we won’t be doing is pre-judging any outcomes.”

Planning applications for the remaining phases of development and the SWRR have been submitted to the council and are awaiting determination with funding to deliver the SWRR still to be secured.

The study will be available at www.stratford.gov.uk/lma in due course.

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