Coventry & Warwickshire

Stratford new homes would 'add to gridlock' on roads

Stratford-upon-Avon's transport network could not cope with a development of up to 2,500 new homes, according to the leader of the district council.

The authority's cabinet is meeting to discuss future transport needs and how an eastern relief road would cope if that number of homes were built nearby.

Council leader Chris Saint said such a scenario would add to the "gridlock".

But Liberal Democrat councillor Kate Rolfe said the council's ruling party was not being "transparent" enough.

Ms Rolfe said: "We only found out about this about 10 days ago when we received the cabinet papers.

"They've done some modelling on the bridge and the relief road so they've obviously put some work into it.

"I don't even want it to be an option.

"I believe if it becomes an option it'll be on everybody's mind and eventually it will be built."

'Pressure to build'

Conservative councillor, Mr Saint, said no-one had suggested a single development of such a size had been given the go ahead and that it had only been included as a possible scenario in the report.

Mr Saint said: "I understand people's fears and I share them.

"We have no plans to introduce that size of development into Stratford in our emerging core strategy.

"Development in Stratford is going to add to the key points of gridlock.

"The report tells us this is only going to get worse therefore we've got some clear ideas of what the traffic impacts will be through this statistical work that's been done by the county council.

"We will now use that to make judgements about where we should potentially allow the building which we're pressurised to provide."

Last year the council came out against the government who approved 800 homes to be built in Shottery.

Mr Saint added: "The planning inspectorate are driving housing development and so is the government so who knows what can happen."

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