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Hearing to take place over greenbelt homes in Stratford

Anne Hathaway's cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon Credit: PA

A hearing will take place today over controversial plans to build hundreds of homes on greenbelt land near Anne Hathaway's cottage.

The district council filed a legal challenge against the Communities Secretary's approval for the planned homes near the Shakespearian house in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust opposed to new homes near heritage site

Bloor Homes want to buy land near to Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery to build new homes.

The Communities Secretary Eric Pickle gave the deal the go-ahead but the County Council has said that it is against it.

The trust knows it can't rule out being forced to sell the land at some point.

Peter Kyle is the Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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Opposition to building near Shakespeare heritage site

Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery Credit: PA Pictures

The Shakepeare Birthplace Trust has confirmed its opposition to selling land near to Anne Hathaway's cottage.

Developers, Bloor Homes, want the land for housing.

Earlier this year Communities Secretary Eric Pickles gave permission for the deal to go through.

Residents and the council are also against the proposals but the Trust says it can't rule out being forced to sell.