A NEW World Shakespeare Centre is part of £20million bid to revive Stratford’s economy.
Stratford District Council has submitted a bid to the Government’s Levelling-up Fund – a £4billion programme to boost regeneration, culture and transport across the UK – to develop the Gateway site north of the town centre, at the junction of Arden Street and Birmingham Road.
The bid has been developed in partnership with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
As well as the centre, which will include museum, learning and community facilities, other site plans include housing, offices, leisure and retail spaces.
Much of the site remains in private ownership and, the authority says, at this stage the bid and the concept are ‘exploratory’.
Stratford District Council leader Tony Jefferson said: “Stratford was the fourth hardest hit economy within the UK, so we are exploring options to bring investment to Stratford, regenerate our town and economy for the benefit of our residents and businesses. It will also support the Government’s levelling up agenda for the wider region. While we await the outcome of the bid we are unable to provide further details except to say that should the project proceed it would require more detailed design and would be subject to public, local and stakeholder consultation. The opportunities presented are very significant in scale and ambition and the work done to date indicates the immense potential of the project.”
Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi is backing the bid.