HOUSING developers Redrow have lodged an appeal against the refusal of 214 homes on the cattle market site opposite Stratford train station.
Councillors rejected the £38 million proposal because there was not enough affordable homes in the scheme, and because Redrow had declined to put any money toward local education, health services, or roads.
A government planning inspector will now decide whether to overturn their decision and give the developers the green light.
Managing Director of Redrow Homes in the Midlands, Matthew Pratt, said: “Nobody wants to see the site remain in its current state, not least ourselves, the council, and certainly not the people of Stratford.”
But after Redrow’s old plan had been deemed financially unviable, district councillors did not like their decision to remove the affordable houses in their new plan. A committee voted 5-3 against the proposal in July.
Disappointed with the decision, Mr Pratt said: “Although the level of affordable housing and community contributions were less than those applied to the original consent, Redrow would still have provided a number of key benefits.
“These included a new bus and taxi transport interchange with the railway station, a new, high quality public square to welcome visitors to Stratford, additional car parking for the station, a children’s play area, and a public art contribution.”
As well as 199 apartments and 15 houses, Redrow also want to build a number of small shops on the site.
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