ERS is an independent company that has been tasked to ensure that as many of the 32 SBT trustees participate and vote, either in person or remotely by video link.
By the 24th October this year the developers must put in an application regarding details of their proposals, known as ‘reserved matters’, and these include such issues as the proposed relief road from Evesham Road to Alcester Road. If they miss that deadline the outline planning permission will expire.
Peter Kyle, chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said: “Alongside many others, we have opposed the developers’ housing development and link road proposal.
“The current situation is that the Secretary of State has allowed the developers’ appeal and the High Court has ruled against the district council’s legal challenge. We now have to deal with the consequences of decisions made by others.
“Our job is to get the best outcome in line with our duty to protect and enhance the Shakespeare legacy which is in our care, including the five Shakespeare family homes, the internationally renowned museum and archive collections, and our education programmes.
“We appreciate that the developers’ proposals have provoked strong views – for and against the scheme particularly locally.
“The trustees hope that everyone understands that whatever decision is taken it will be with the benefit of expert professional advice after a thorough examination of all the facts, and mindful of the trustees’ responsibility to secure the best outcome for our charity and the future of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in particular.”