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BACKGROUND & VISION

Background

Formerly known as the Long Marston Estate, the site was owned for over 60 years by the Ministry of Defence and was occupied by the Army Engineering Corp. It was acquired by St. Modwen in 2004 when the MoD had no further use for it. This 478 acre site is situated off the B4632, equidistant between Stratford-upon-Avon and the beautiful Cotswold town of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.

The Vision

The proposals for Meon Vale seek to create a vibrant, self-contained and sustainable mixed-use development which includes an extension of Greenway from Stratford upon Avon through the site.

Meon Vale already benefits from:

  • A leisure hub, football and cricket pitches, public open space and public access to woodland.
  • Ecological habitats and landscaping that have both been retained and improved.
  • 800,000 sq ft of retained employment space.
  • Planning permission for 1,050 homes. Multiple phases of development at Meon Vale have already been completed and St. Modwen Homes and Persimmon Homes are currently building out further phases of the site.
  • Planning permission for a primary school.

Planning permission for 500 homes was obtained in 2010, and a further 550 homes were granted planning permission in 2015 taking the total consent to 1050 houses which includes 35% affordable housing. Planning permission for a primary school on site also formed part of the latest consent. The £5m Meon Vale Leisure Centre opened in August 2014 and includes the latest gym equipment, a multi-purpose sports hall, a wide range of workout classes and an all-weather sports pitch. Simultaneously, the central facilities on site also opened, including a shop, community centre, public open space, children’s play area and skate park, and a 1-mile Greenway extension into Stratford-upon-Avon.

ABOUT

Welcome to Meon Vale

Since obtaining outline planning permission in 2010, St. Modwen has been working with local stakeholders including Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Warwickshire County Council, local resident and parish councillors to deliver the mixed use scheme, which is now being developed.



The masterplan seeks to create a vibrant, self-contained, mixed use environment on the 190 hectare (470 acre) Meon Vale site. The creation of a new community at Meon Vale is well underway, providing a sustainable location on an existing brownfield site for new housing, employment, leisure and community amenities.

NEIGHBOURHOOD

Our vision is to create a self-sufficient development at Meon Vale where residential, leisure and employment areas will be brought together by a central leisure and community hub.

Leisure and community hub

Located within easy reach of Stratford upon Avon – the UK’s 25th most popular tourist attraction – Meon Vale offers an ideal location for holiday makers to explore the region. Uniting all elements of the development is the central leisure and community hub offering a range of facilities including:

  • Convenience store
  • Community centre
  • Leisure centre
  • Sports pitches
Our Leisure Centre

Residential Community

The housing mix now includes:

  • Up to 1,050 new homes
  • Properties ranging from one bedroom apartments to five bedroom houses
  • Affordable housing to meet local needs

Offering a range of homes designed to appeal to first time buyers, as well as growing families, St. Modwen aims to create a diverse and sustainable community at Meon Vale and ensure that local people can continue to live and work in the area. St. Modwen Homes at Meon Vale offers a superb collection of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes all of which will be designed to our high standard, including designer kitchens and contemporary bathrooms, as well as high ceilings and large windows throughout.

Residential Community

Meon Vale Business Park

Meon Vale Business Park provides a very secure environment with 24 hour security via a manned gatehouse. On site accommodation varies from around 10,000 sq ft to 90,000 sq ft warehouse and industrial units.

Our Business Park

SUSTAINABILITY

Access and Movement

The site has been designed to promote walking, cycling and public transport as realistic modes of travel, while recognising the need to provide access to and from the site for journeys made by the private car. The following are being implemented as the site develops:

  • Direct cycle and pedestrian connections, particularly between employment and residential parts of the site will link with the Greenway extension that runs throughout the site.
  • Direct bus route connections with the surrounding network including a ½ hourly peak service between Morton in Marsh and Stratford upon Avon (increasing the frequency of the current service).
  • Road improvements: to the entrance to the site, inclusion of a new roundabout at the Campden Road/Shipston Road junction and funds allocated to improve other junctions in the area.
  • Linkage to and extension of the Greenway from Stratford-upon-Avon through the site.
  • Encouragement of businesses on site to use the already present rail connectivity.



Retention of Trees - The mature belts of trees located on the edge of the site, and those located at the site’s entrance and within the south eastern and north western parts of the site, will be retained where practical. Public access to the 35 acres of woodland will be provided.

Watercourses & Ponds - To remain in situ and be enhanced, creating an attractive lake and lakeside area as part of the Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS).

Ecology - Habitats of protected species have been identified along the watercourse edge or within vegetation. St. Modwen will protect and mitigate any disturbance of these species.

Flooding and Drainage - Only 5 per cent of the site falls within Flood Zones 2 and 3A.

ECOLOGY & ENVIRONMENT

Meon Vale has been sensitively designed to minimise the impact on local wildlife by retaining important habitats and maintaining or improving pathways to enable species to move freely within the site. St. Modwen is already committed to ecology at Meon Vale with the conservation of a rare species of butterfly having won the national Marsh Award for the “Promotion of Lepidoptera”, for habitat enhancement and management, supporting the protection of the endangered Grizzled Skipper butterfly. Further work has now started on site to enhance habitats for water vole, bats, birds, grass snakes and great crested newts. Overall, with careful design of the development and St. Modwen’s commitment to management of wildlife habitats, the biodiversity of the site will be improved as a result of the development.

NEWS