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.
TWO hugely controversial schemes to build a total of 350 homes off Allimore Lane at Alcester have been given the go-ahead by the government.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has backed the developers who appealed against the rejection of the proposals by Stratford-on-Avon District council’s west area planning committee.
The schemes – one for 190 homes and the other for 160 – had been fought tooth and nail by local residents and councillors.
But the district council was so fearful of incurring massive costs if it lost the ensuing appeal that it decided not to defend its own rejection of the housing proposals.
This meant that the local protest group that had been vociferously opposing the two developments was left high and dry and had to withdraw as a formal objector for fear that it, too, would find itself at the receiving end of a hefty bill for costs.
One again the council’s current lack of a local plan and its inability to demonstrate a five-year supply of land for housing have played a major part in the government’s decision to overrule local opinion.
Crucially, the government said the planning appeal inspector gave “little weight” to the council’s emerging core strategy because it had not been the subject of master planning or of an examination in public.
For fuller reports and analysis see next week’s papers.