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Business as usual despite plan to build houses on car centre

Stratford Car Centre.
Stratford Car Centre.

THE owner of Stratford Car Centre says the business will remain open for the foreseeable future despite submitted a planning application to demolish the salesroom to build three new dwellings in its place.

But Mr Barrett told the Herald that any potential development of the site was a long way down the line.

The plan that has been submitted to Stratford District Council would see the existing structures at the site on Bordon Hill, including a reception/salesroom and a car workshop, removed.

Within the document the applicant, Derek Barrett, argues that the residential and agricultural nature of nearby premises makes Stratford Car Centre a bit of an anomaly.

The document adds that the poor visibility of the site and substandard access would hinder other types of businesses and development would only lead to the loss of a very small employment site which is unsuitable for further economic development.

It goes on to say that the current owners are approaching retirement and see this application as an opportunity for an unacceptable use of the land to cease.

However, the proposal is not without its critics, with Stratford Town Council arguing that the access to the site is on a dangerous blind summit and the dwellings, that would be ‘shoehorned’ into small plots, would have an unacceptable relationship to existing dwellings.

A decision is expected in December.

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