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Gateway regeneration to get going this year

Wellesbourne Airfield
Wellesbourne Airfield

They are currently in discussions with Gateway One Limited, the company behind the huge development, which is about to begin the process of seeking a preferred developer.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has also now agreed to relocate its coach drop-off point, with Windsor Street car park set to be demolished.

Firm plans for a boutique hotel, shops, offices and homes were revealed in the Herald exactly a year ago, although they were first talked about as far back as 2001.

Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi was this week given a personal update on the progress that has been made on the development by the man behind the plans, Warwickshire businessman, Peter Warwick.

Mr Warwick has been buying up properties in the area over several years.

Mr Zahawi said: “‘I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit the site accompanied by Stratford District Council, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the developers.

“I will follow the progress of this development closely, and after full engagement with local residents, I look forward to the delivery of the right outcome for everyone.”

Tony Perks, head of technical services at Stratford District Council, added: “I am pleased that the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has now confirmed its interest in considering relocating the existing coach drop off area facility as part of the redeveloped Gateway Scheme, ensuring that the visitor experience will be improved along with enhancing the traffic flow for locals and visitors alike.

“This will enable this exciting development to progress to the next phase.”

Mr Warwick said: “This is a key gateway site and its development has the chance to fundamentally shape the future of the town.

“We have been pleased with the response we have had from the developers who are interested in a range of schemes and 2016 should be a key year.”

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