Coventry & Warwickshire

Protesters claim Middle Quinton 'eco-town' victory

Campaigners have claimed victory after proposals for a Warwickshire "eco-town" appeared to have been turned down.

A government letter sent to opponents of the Middle Quinton town said it would not impose eco-town developments on communities which did not want them.

Developers St Modwen has said it would continue to liaise with the council.

The government also said any decisions will rest with Stratford District Council as all housing decisions are being made at local level.

Members of Bard (Better Accessible Responsible Development), a group opposed to the so-called "eco-town" development which was 6,000 homes on a site six miles south-west of Stratford-upon-Avon, said that "local people power" had prevailed.

They received a letter from Henry Cleary, deputy director of the housing and growth programmes team at the Department of Communities and Local Government, saying the government would not impose developments on communities opposed to them.

However, the government has also said that any further consideration of the Middle Quinton site would be a matter for the relevant parties and local authorities.

St Modwen said that as the government had made it clear that any further planning work was a matter for the local authority it would continue to liaise with the council over that development and another one for 800 homes at Long Marston which was given planning permission in December.

Stratford District Council has not commented on the matter.

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