Four years ago Ellis Holtom, of Stratford-upon-Avon, was born with half a working heart. Later, the Herald featured his condition as a tribute to the work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was treated. Now, to mark Congenital Heart Defect Week his mum, Vicki, updates his story. . .
ALL 326 local planning authorities in England, councils like Stratford-on-Avon District, need a local plan. The core strategy is a component of that local plan. It contains all the local district wide policies that need to be considered when processing planning applications. New development needs to satisfy local needs, helping to realise the hopes and ambitions of its communities and protect them from situations they fear. New homes and places to work should provide then with a healthy lifestyle, a pleasant place to live, good recreational facilities and above all the infrastructure that enhances their quality of life. The buzzword to describe this is ‘sustainable’.
THE poor are paying more than they should be for their energy, according to damning new evidence from Stratford-upon-Avon’s Citizens Advice Bureau. Prepayment meters (PPMs) are costing users in fuel poverty a “disproportionate amount” for what little gas and electricity they can afford, the bureau has found. There are around 7.2 million people on prepayment meters in the UK and several thousand in the district of Stratford. Despite Stratford’s reputation as an affluent area, the bureau is being forced to come to the aid of more and more people living in fuel poverty on an increasingly regular basis.
AN OFFICIAL paving stone commemorating Stratford-upon-Avon’s forgotten war hero for the 100th anniversary of the First World War will be placed in the town, the government has confirmed. Rex Warneford – the first man to single-handedly shoot down a zeppelin - was ignored in the government’s initial plans to recognise Victoria Cross winners because he was born abroad in India. The Herald launched a campaign, together with King Edward VI school, where Rex lived and studied for five years, to get the fighter pilot recognised.
THE proposal to build 1,600 homes on Wellesbourne Airfield is not going to be considered by Stratford District Council, which has outlined the most likely locations for housing settlements in the district last night (Wednesday).
Land around Gaydon and Lighthorne Heath has emerged as the preferred option for homes with the council indicating that 460 could be built there by 2019, and 2,500 by 2031.
The council last night revealed the most likely locations for new housing settlements in the area over the next 17 years.
They are in order or preference:
1) Gaydon and Lighthorne Heath – up to 2,500 homes (with another 500 later)2) Long Marston Airfield – 3,500 homes3) Southam and Stoneythorpe – 2,800 homes4) Dispersal of homes around the district5) South-east Stratford – 2,750 homes.
Last minute proposals to build 1,600 homes on Wellesbourne Airfield and 750 homes at Lower Clopton were not strong enough to be considered alongside those initial five plans.
However, owners of Wellesbourne Airfield, the Littler family, have made public their desire to sell the site for homes.
A final decision on which scheme should go forward will be made by a special full meeting of the council on 12th May.
For more information see today's Stratford Herald and for further reaction see next week's Midweek.
The Gaydon and Lighthorne Heath plan has emerged as the front-runner.
Plan to build upto 1,600 homes on Wellesbourne Airfield
Housing gold rush: late entrants throw their hats into the ring
Plans for 3,500 homes on Long Marston Airfield
Stratford District Council to look at new sites for major housing developments
Council to look again at new plan for Gaydon/Lighthorne Heath