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Public exhibition to highlight future plans for Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon residents are being invited to attend a joint public exhibition by Warwickshire County Council, London Midland and Orbit Homes at Stratford-upon-Avon Rail Station on Wednesday 8th July.

The exhibition, which will run from 8am to 6pm, will give local people the chance to find out more information on the planned Stratford-upon-Avon Rail Station improvements, Orbit Homes’ development of the Cattle Market site and Warwickshire County Council’s Choose How You Move campaign to encourage more people to use sustainable transport.

Warwickshire County Council, London Midland and Orbit Homes are bringing forward proposals to redevelop the rail station and plans for a new housing development at the Cattle Market site concurrently, so the joint consultation meeting will set out the organisations’ plans.

Major improvements are on the way to the town’s rail station, thanks to significant support from London Midland and Warwickshire County Council.

London Midland has secured £500,000 to develop the station from the Department for Transport’s National Stations Improvement Programme fund, which is administered by Network Rail and aims to improve station facilities to benefit passengers.

An additional contribution of £250,000 from Warwickshire County Council means that Stratford-upon-Avon Rail Station passengers can look forward to a new café, waiting room and retail area. The aspiration is that the improvements will be made by the end of 2016.

The Stratford-upon-Avon Rail Station project is being overseen by the London Midland Local Delivery Group (LDG) consisting of representatives from London Midland, Network Rail, Centro and Transport Focus. Stratford flyer

Orbit Homes purchased the site of the old Cattle Market after the site had stood redundant since 2001 when the Cattle Market closed. The developer is now unveiling its exciting plans for approximately 200 much-needed homes available for sale, shared ownership and affordable rent, as well as independent living with care housing.

Orbit Homes is seeking public views on its proposals for the £40 million redevelopment of the site which will see the development of homes to meet a range of housing need in the town. This is the first time the plans will be presented to the public.

Anthony Holt, Head of Development for Orbit Homes said: “We understand that this is an important site in the town, and is one of the gateways to Stratford-upon-Avon. In our plans we are seeking to balance local housing needs, whilst understanding the prominent location of the site. We are looking forward to engaging residents and all other interested parties and gaining their feedback on our plans.”

Commenting on the improvements to Stratford Rail Station, Councillor Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport & Planning, said: “Warwickshire County Council is committed to investing in the county’s transport infrastructure and I’m delighted that we are contributing to delivering these improvements, working with London Midland and Network Rail.

“The funding from the National Stations Improvement Programme, coupled with our £250,000 contribution, will mean that Stratford rail passengers will find their station a much better place to be and, I hope, will encourage others to choose rail travel over road use.”

Brenda Lawrence, London Midland’s Head of Route for Snow Hill services, said: “This is a great opportunity to hear what local people want to have in the new station scheme. We will have designs and drawings to help rail users see how the station might look in the future. Opportunities like this to influence the future shape of your local station come round once in a lifetime. I hope to hear from as many people as possible on the day and discuss their ideas.”

Councillor Philip Johnson, Chair of Warwickshire County Council’s Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee, said: “Warwickshire residents will see the value of these changes, which will make the Stratford Rail Station a more enjoyable and lively place to be. Warwickshire County Council realises how important it is to make sure the rail stations in our region are the greatest they can be and I welcome the work that London Midland will be undertaking towards realising that in Stratford.”

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