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 COMPANY who want to build a supermarket in Shipston-on-Stour have submitted a back-up application for the site off Campden Road to build 215 homes and no supermarket.
Ainscough Strategic Land want to build a supermarket, petrol station, 54 houses, and a retirement development of 130 homes on land on the edge of town.
Their application was rejected by Stratford District Council in January last year but the company have appealed the decision.
However, this morning ASL revealed they had submitted a second proposal to build 215 homes on the site – 143 houses and 72 extra-care apartments – and no supermarket.
John Brooks, Planning Director at ASL, said: “The appeal proposal, which includes the supermarket, is very much our priority. We have serious interest from supermarket operators and we continue to invest heavily in this proposal.”
The supermarket debate has divided Shipston in recent years with both pro and anti groups claiming a majority in the town.
Those in favour argue the supermarket will bring jobs to the town and allow residents easier access to cheaper food.
Those against say a supermarket on the edge of town will decimate the town centre and leave the High Street empty, and this was why the council rejected the initial application.
Mr Brooks said: “This new application has been prepared as a direct result of the distinct lack of support for our mixed use scheme by planning officers and committee members at Stratford District Council.
“Notably, it does not include the retail element of the development and therefore addresses the single outstanding area of concern raised by the council’s planning officers.
“It has also been submitted in light of the council’s recent acknowledgment that 10,800 new homes need to be built in the district between 2011 and 2031 and therefore we see no reasons as to why this new application should not be approved.”
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