Public see first detailed plans of Long Marston Airfield 'garden city' development

Proposals for a development of 3,500 new homes set within "parkland and wooded glades" designed with "garden city principals" have gone on public display.

Artist impression showing some of the landscaping planned. Image: Cala Homes
Artist impression showing some of the landscaping planned. Image: Cala Homes

Stratford-upon-Avon District Council is expected to consider a reserved matters planning application for the first stage of redevelopment of Long Marston Airfield next month. The company gained outline planning permission for the first 400 homes of the brand new community five miles from Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire in February. It is one of the 17 garden village and town proposals given Government funding in January.

Developer CALA proposes homes, workplaces, schools, shops, cafes, a community centre, GP and new library "set within parkland and wooded glades, tree-lined avenues, squares, streets and greens", on the former World War Two airfield.

Members of the local community were able to get a sneak preview of some of the details due to be presented to planners in a document presented at a consultation event earlier this month.

The document proposes "significant provision of open space, including parks, gardens and amenity greenspace, natural greenspace, equipped and un-equipped play areas for children and young people, outdoor sport (youth and adult use), allotments and structural open space". 

A masterplan image shows a central green space with a pond, green corridors, swales, further ponds, play, sports and landscaped areas. 

The document says that "the site will have a positive gravity drainage network and where possible use sustainable drainage methods including swales to convey flows, and attenuation basins for additional storage of surface water."

The proposal also features a sustainable transport plan to encourage walking and cycling. Cala has also proposed that the site’s proximity to the Stratford Greenway, a five-mile high quality surfaced path suitable for cyclists, walkers and wheelchair users, presents a "unique opportunity" which "has the potential to provide a traffic-free route directly into Stratford-upon-Avon." 

Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners and FPCR worked on masterplanning and landscape design respectively.

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