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5th Jul, 2022

Huge business park looks set to be built in Stratford

A HUGE business park is set to be created for companies displaced by the Canal Quarter Regeneration Scheme in Stratford.

Proposals have been drawn up to create an ‘ambitious’ park around the size of 20 football pitches on land between Alcester Road and the Wildmoor Roundabout on the outskirts of town.

It will not only include companies currently on the proposed Canal Quarter site but new businesses including car showrooms and a DIY store.

The plans are set to be unveiled at two public exhibitions by property company IM Properties (IMP) – which owns two shopping centres in Solihull – and Stratford District Council, which are working together on the development.

IMP planning director David Smith said: “We understand the Canal Quarter site is pivotal to the future of Stratford and it is hoped our new business park could assist in helping bring this major regeneration scheme forward and support the town’s wider employment needs.”

The planned Canal Regeneration Scheme close to the town centre would see currently ‘under-used’ land the equivalent size of around 27 football pitches transformed.

More than 1,000 homes would be built along a community centre. and the creation of a park.

Councillors hope the site will become a hub for homes and businesses in the area.

But the first stage of the plans will be the business park, which developers say will be a coup for the area.

The proposals are set to be revealed this month at two public exhibitions.

Mr Smith added: “If agreed, not only will it help retain existing businesses and safeguard jobs, but stimulate the local economy further, attracting high-quality companies to the area and creating new jobs.

“The exhibitions will provide the opportunity to consult with local people and gain their valuable feedback and ideas to help us shape the best possible scheme for Stratford.”

The public exhibitions are being held on Tuesday July 18 between 2pm and 6pm at the Bishopton Community Centre, and on Thursday July 20, between 4pm and 8pm at Stratford Town Hall.

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