A trust spokeswoman told the Herald: “Two-thirds of those who attended filled out feedback forms with positive suggestions which we will take on board as we develop the scheme.

“They particularly liked the subtlety of the site and the decision to maintain the treasured view of the Guild Chapel.

“People were also very pleased that the garden tradition of the site is being improved.”

Last year the trust announced plans to reinvigorate New Place and tell the “missing story” of Shakespeare’s mature years there as a writer and as a citizen of Stratford.

In January this year, it secured initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to progress its plans.

Julie Crawshaw, project manager at the trust, said: “We have consulted extensively with hundreds of individuals and many organisations over the past 12 months.

“In response to feedback on our initial concepts, we have worked up a fresh approach.

“There is still a lot to do but we want to update on our progress as we continue to refine our plans to secure the long-term survival of this unique site at the heart of the story of Shakespeare and Stratford.”

Key elements of the project include:

  • A new entrance based on the location of the original gatehouse and an evocation of the footprint of Shakespeare’s family home in a new garden setting
  • Urgent, essential conservation work to Nash’s House next door, including the creation of a new exhibition centre where rare and important artefacts relating to New Place can be displayed, many of them for the first time
  • A viewing platform and modern fully-accessible visitor facilities, including space for informal learning and family activities.

Residents of the Stratford district will continue to have free access to the gardens.

Dr Diana Owen, the director of the trust, said: “Our Shakespearean heritage is a cornerstone of the tourism sector which employs one in eight people and pumps £335 million into the local economy in Stratford district alone.

“The next chapter at New Place can only strengthen that economy and all the jobs that rely on it in future.”