A planning application for the £40million re-development of the former Cattle Market site in Stratford-upon-Avon has been submitted by Orbit Homes to Stratford District Council.
Providing 189 new houses and apartments, alongside community amenities such as a play area, pocket park, café and retail unit, the proposed development is expected to bring long-term financial, environmental and social benefits to the area.
By offering the high-quality one and two bedroom apartments and two, three and four bedroom houses through a range of rental and homeownership options, Orbit Homes is striving to help to meet the housing needs and aspirations of local people.
Of the new homes, there will be 58 available to buy on the open market, eight for shared ownership (part-buy part-rent) and 21 through affordable rent. A further 102 independent living apartments will be on offer (72 for shared ownership and 30 for affordable rent) for people aged 55 plus, who will benefit from on site communal facilities with a sky lounge, garden and a hairdressers included in the proposed plans.
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 £40m 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 re-development of the Cattle Market is happening alongside proposals from Warwickshire County Council and London Midland to re-develop Stratford-upon-Avon rail station, which neighbours the Cattle Market site.
The plans proposed by Orbit Homes also include direct pedestrian and cycle links to Arden Street, as well as pedestrian links through to Stratford hospital.
A decision on planning is expected by March 2016, with work on site due to begin in Spring next year. A public consultation was held in the summer and the proposed plans were well received by the local community.