10th Dec, 2016

Pictures of proposed £40million regeneration of former Cattle Market site

Stratford Editorial 16th Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

HIS is how the former Stratford Cattle Market site could look when homes are finally built there.

Owners Orbit Homes bought the land on Alcester Road earlier this year from Redrow, who originally took over the site in 2007 but abandoned plans following a number of applications and appeals.

And nine months on, the new developers have revealed images of the proposed £40million regeneration.

They include plans to build 189 one, two and three-bedroom homes – 58 of which will be available to buy on the open market, eight for shared ownership and 21 through affordable rent.

There will also be a further 102 independent living apartments – 72 for shared ownership and 30 for affordable rent – for those over the age of 55.

In addition to the homes, the proposal includes a play area, café, retail unit, and on-site facilities including a garden and a hairdressers.

Developers also hope to set up direct pedestrian and cycle links to Arden Street, as well as pedestrian links through to Stratford Hospital.

The site has stood derelict since the market’s closure in 2001 but Redrow purchased the site for £9.1million in 2007 having secured permission to build 197 homes.

Their original plan included 59 affordable homes and £700,000 contributions to local services but as a result of the recession, the scheme became economically unviable and the revised application was rejected by Stratford District Council.

A planning application for the latest re-development has now been submitted by Orbit Homes with a decision expected by March next year. If the scheme is given the green light, work could be under way by Spring.

Anthony Holt, head of development at Orbit Homes, said: “This is a great step forward in bringing to life our vision to transform the former Cattle Market into a vibrant and prosperous place that people are proud to live.

“We have committed to spending £40million to re-develop the area, and this is a key site in helping us achieve our target of building 12,000 homes by 2020.”

The redevelopment of the Cattle Market site is being carried out alongside proposals from Warwickshire County Council and London Midland to re-develop Stratford Train Station.

Around £500,000 was secured from the Department for Transport’s National Stations Improvement Programme (NSIP) fund to carry out improvement works at the station.

And with a further £250,000 from Warwickshire County Council, the cash injection will be used to provide a new café, waiting room and retail area – all of which are expected to be complete by the end of 2016.