Shakespeare Housing Row

The latest on the continuing row over plans to build 800 new homes near the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Criticisism of approval to build 800 homes near Shakespeare cottage

800 homes are expected to be built near to Anne Hathaway's cottage
800 homes are expected to be built near to Anne Hathaway's cottage Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The leader of Stratford District Council has criticised a High Court Judge's decision to build 800 new homes near a Shakespearean cottage in Shottery, Warwickshire.

On the decision to build the home near William Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway's, cottage Chris Saint says:

"This is a sad day for Stratford and localism and a bitterly disappointing decision...I am stunned that the aspirations of local people have been so roundly dismissed.

We have proved before that there are ample sites available elsewhere in the district and we are more than happy to put our faith in building to support our economic future, but at the right location; land close to Anne Hathaway's Cottage was never our choice for development."

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Judge approves 800 home plan near Shakespeare cottage

A High Court Judge has approved plans to build 800 new homes next to William Shakespeare's wife's cottage in Shottery, Warwickshire.

Anne Hathaway's Grade 1 listed cottage attracts 50,000 visitors from around the world each year.

Planners at Stratford District Council had initially rejected a proposal to build the properties alongside a primary school, health centre and row of shops in Shottery, Warks.

But after developers Bloor Homes and Hallam Land Management appealed the decision, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles overturned the council ruling before the High Court Judge's decision.

Campaign to halt 800 new houses being built near Shakespearean landmark

More than a hundred people lobbied members of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust today to convince them not to sell land near Anne Hathaway's cottage to a developer.

The developer needs the land to build two housing estates. The trust and local councils have objected to the scheme but it was approved by the secretary of state. However Stratford council has now launched a legal challenge.

Protesters gather to protect Shakespearean heritage

Protesters carrying placards gathered in Stratford-upon-Avon Credit: ITV Central

Over 100 protesters opposing the development of 800 new houses in Stratford-upon-Avon have held a demonstration today.

The campaigners gathered outside the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in the town centre, in opposition of two new housing developments near the village of Shottery.

The protesters gathered to protect local history

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust owns some of the land needed for the project and the group, 'Residents Against Shottery Expansion', is lobbying trustees to block its sale.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has said it supports the campaigners efforts to overturn the decision to build the 800 new homes.

Young and old gathered in opposition Credit: ITV Central
The protest was held outside the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Credit: ITV Central

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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust issues statement after protest

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has issued the following statement after a protest outside its base in Stratford-upon-Avon earlier today.

It says it supports the campaigners efforts to overturn the decision to build 800 new homes on land near the village of Shottery, which is feared will ruin historic links to William Shakespeare's birth place.

"We fully appreciate the concerns of the lobby groups and the strength of local opposition to the proposed development. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust was extremely disappointed by the Secretary of State's decision to grant the developers' appeal.

The Trust has been an objector to the proposed development and our position is unchanged. The Inspector himself and the Secretary of State acknowledge that there is some harm to the setting of Anne Hathaway's Cottage and a risk to tourism in Stratford arising from this development."

"Today's meeting is our regular, scheduled half-annual meeting of Trustees. Today will be the first opportunity for the Trustees to collectively discuss the implications of the appeal decision.

The situation is complex, and still evolving, so no decision will be made today about the Trust's next course of action in relation to Shottery. That will be a matter for Executive Trustees and the wider Board, as and when they have all the relevant information before them, and the input of our professional advisors. No date has been set for a decision about our next steps."

"We have been greatly encouraged that the overwhelming majority of people who have written to us about the Shottery situation have expressed such strong support for the virtues of Anne Hathaway's Cottage and our Shakespearean heritage and culture here in Stratford-upon-Avon."

– Spokesperson, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Campaigners protest against new houses near Shakespeare's birthplace

Campaigners in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon
Campaigners in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon Credit: ITV Central
Placards displaying messages against the housing developments
Placards displaying messages against the housing developments Credit: ITV Central
Campaigners are lobbying trustees who are holding a meeting today
Campaigners are lobbying trustees who are holding a meeting today Credit: ITV Central

People opposing two new housing developments on the edge of Stratford-upon-Avon are staging a protest outside the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust today.

It's after the Government over-ruled the council to allow plans for 800 new homes to be built near the village of Shottery.

It includes a link road which would run behind Anne Hathaway's cottage, which is Grade One listed.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust owns some of the land needed for the project and the group 'Residents Against Shottery Expansion' is lobbying trustees to block its sale.

Council says it will appeal against planning permission

Stratford-on-Avon Districty Council says it will appeal against the government's decision to grant planning permission for 800 homes to be built near the cottage of Ann Hathaway.

A new primary school, health centre and local shops are planned for land near Shottery in Warwickshire, after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles approved permission last month.

A unanimous decision to appeal was made at a council committee meeting today.

Social media campaign to stop building near a Shakespearean home

Anne Hathaway's cottage in Shottery is a Grade 1 listed building Credit: ITV Central

A social media campaign has been started to try to stop the building of 800 homes and a link road on land near Anne Hathaway's cottage in Stratford. It's a Grade 1 listed building.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust owns some of the land developers want to building on.

SAVE SHOTTERY aims to persuade trustees to say 'No' to the selling or leasing of the land to developers when they meet on Saturday 17th November.

Last week a Stratford MP criticised the plans to build on the greenfield land.

Mark Griffiths, SAVE SHOTTERY, said: "There's no time to lose - we've got a week to convince Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to save Shakespeare's Shottery for the nation and the world."

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