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 SPECIAL public meetings have been called in Henley-in-Arden to discuss a new planning application for 82 homes on greenbelt land south of Bear Lane.
Next to this application put forward by Mayfield Properties, there is another plan to build 110 homes on land west of the railway station.
The railway line has previously been a boundary for the town and with a population around 3,000, residents are concerned that nearly 200 new homes would increase the size of Henley by up to 20 per cent.
Martin Smyth, a doctor at Warwick Hospital, moved to Henley two years ago.
He said: “My main concern is the destruction of the greenbelt. One would assume that if planning was given the go ahead for this one there would be no grounds to refuse the next one.”
Along with other objectors, he has called a public meeting on the Bear Lane application for 7pm at the Baptist Church Hall tomorrow (Thursday 27th February).
There is expected to be upwards of 150 people there, and the public will decide on their main points of objection.
Henley Parish Council have also agreed to hold a special meeting.
This will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 5th March at Henley Primary School to allow the public to air their views.
Mayfield has submitted its plans for 82 dwellings on greenbelt land south of Bear Lane, but HIA Developments is yet to apply for planning permission for its development of 110 homes to the north of New Road.
A number of protest groups fighting housing plans across the district, including those at Ettington and Alcester, met Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi in Henley last Friday.
Mr Zahawi has been urging changes to the National Planning Policy Framework and the local groups are backing his campaign.