MUMS who live off the Banbury Road in Stratford-upon-Avon think plans for nearly 100 new homes is “just the beginning of another Shottery”.
Fighting against new houses behind Milestone Road, parents think the added cars will not only put their children in danger, but also add even more traffic to the Clopton Bridge and the Banbury Road-Shipston Road roundabout by the Shell garage.
Residents went to a public display last week to look at new plans to build 80 homes behind Milestone Road and on Wednesday night 18 new homes were given the go-ahead on the site of 205a Banbury Road.
Joanna, a mother who has lived on Milestone Road for 15 years, said these developments were just “the thin end of the wedge.”
“When this road was built it was deemed suitable for 40 houses, now they want to build 80 more,” she said.
“And the plan for the new site has open roads, so if they want to, they can build more. This is just another Shottery.”
Eight hundred new homes for land off Shottery were controversially given the green light by Secretary of State Eric Pickles last year, and Joanna is worried this is now the start of sensational ideas revealed in the Herald last month to build 2,500 homes between Banbury Road and Tiddington.
Other mums on Milestone Road are worried that turning their estate of cul-de-sacs into a through road will put their kids in danger.
Mum Heather said the road was too narrow, with a lot of blind spots. “The kids like to play in the park and they play out here, it is a lovely area at the moment.
“The government are always talking about kids staying indoors, but our kids play outside, it is a safe area.”
Eleven-year-old Tom is worried he will no longer be able to play football on the estate, and nine-year-old Gracie thinks it will take forever to cross the road.
Heather said: “The local government are always going on about how they want to keep Stratford as this market town and how it is over-developed, it’s time they put their money where their mouth is.”
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