A DEVELOPMENT which will “fundamentally shape the future” of Stratford is progressing well.
So say bosses behind the Gateway One plans following a recent site visit by MP Nadhim Zahawi.
The planned development at the junction of Birmingham Road and Arden Street leading to Windsor Street could include shops, homes, offices and a hotel.
The plans also include a new car park to replace the existing one in Windsor Street and a new drop-off point – which after consideration the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has agreed to, having had concerns at the potential impact on visitors to the Birthplace.
Several potential development partners have already expressed an interest in bringing forward schemes – both mixed and residential – and are currently in discussions with Gateway One Limited.
Local entrepreneur Peter Warwick, who is behind Gateway One Limited, owns a string of properties on the busy junction.
Mr Warwick said: “This is a key gateway site and its development has the chance to fundamentally shape the future of the town.
“We have been pleased with the response we have had from the developers who are interested in a range of schemes and 2016 should be a key year.”
Tony Perks, head of technical services at Stratford District Council was also pleased at progress.
He said: ‘’I am pleased that the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has now confirmed its interest in considering relocating the existing coach drop off area facility as part of the redeveloped Gateway scheme, ensuring that the visitor experience will be improved along with enhancing the traffic flow for locals and visitors alike.
“This will enable this exciting development to progress to the next phase.”
Mr Zahawi was glad of the chance to get an update on the development – particularly as it could help ease traffic congestion in the town, a issue thee MP is working hard to tackle.
“I will follow the progress of this development closely, and after full engagement with local residents, I look forward to the delivery of the right outcome for everyone.’”