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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
The housing mix now includes:
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 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
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:
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.
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.
This next phase of development at the site will include 192 affordable homes to cater for local need, and the primary school will be single form and feature a hall and library, kitchen and dining facilities, information and technology infrastructure and playing fields. Built on a former MoD site, Meon Vale is already a thriving community. More than 100 new homes are now complete and occupied on the site with another 100 to be completed over the next year. A public square and village hall, the Meon Vale Leisure Centre, a convenience store, a children’s play area and skate park, as well as the new number 24 bus service were all delivered as part of the first phase. St. Modwen also extended Stratford-upon-Avon’s flagship five mile long public cycle and footpath, The Greenway, for a further mile through Meon Vale and opened up 35 acres of woodland and parts of the previously culverted Quinton Brook.
Richard Hickman, planning manager at St. Modwen said:
9th February 2015
The new one mile extension running through St. Modwen’s new Meon Vale community at Long Marston is fast becoming a magnet for children, cyclists, joggers and dog walkers who want to enjoy some fresh air in a safe, car-free environment. The Greenway, Stratford-Upon-Avon’s flagship cycle and footpath, has long been a popular amenity, but St. Modwen is putting the success of the new extension down to the availability of free parking, nearby facilities and scenic views. Peter Rudd, senior development surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “Our Greenway extension has become something of a hotspot for children learning to ride their bikes and people taking exercise. “Feedback suggests families like the countryside setting and the fact they can park up free of charge and use the facilities at Meon Vale Leisure Centre. The path has a safe, non-slip gravel surface and many people will continue along The Greenway to complete the 10 mile round trip to Stratford town centre. “The experience is set to get better early next year. A new convenience store is set to open in January where people will be able grab a coffee. We will also be opening up 35 acres of woodland for people to explore and have a picnic.” Since St. Modwen started developing the Meon Vale site in 2013, considerable investment has been made to deliver 302 homes by St. Modwen Homes and Persimmon; a public square and village hall; the Meon Vale Leisure Centre, a children’s play area and skate park and the new number 24 bus service linking the village with Stratford-upon-Avon and Evesham.
24th September 2014
The number 24 bus runs from Stratford to Evesham, stopping at Meon Vale, Lower Quinton, Chipping Campden and Broadway along the way. It leaves Meon Vale at 10:28, 13:28 and 16:58, Monday to Saturday. The route is operated by Johnsons and has been funded by a £460,000 contribution by Meon Vale developer St. Modwen. Johnsons is also increasing the services of its number 21, 22, 23 and 25 buses which each stop at Meon Vale to improve travel links for residents. The number 21 runs from Stratford to Moreton-in-Marsh rail station stopping at Chipping Campden and Broadway and leaves Meon Vale at 09:28, 12:28, 15:31 and 17:28 with a special service at 08:42 purely to serve Lower Quinton Primary School. The number 22 runs from Stratford to Moreton-In-Marsh rail station, leaving Meon Vale at 08:21, 11:28, 14:23 and 18:28 with a service at 07:28 for Chipping Campden School. The number 23 service, running to Shipston and Whichford, stops at Meon Vale at 09:58, 11:58, 13:58 and 16:35. For greater detail on the bus timetables visit www.johnsonscoaches.co.uk or download this PDF here.
8th March 2014
St. Modwen was featured in The Telegraph on Saturday 8th March 2014, in connection with the 10-year anniversary of its regeneration of Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent. The development is an example of how St. Modwen has worked to create an inspirational and successful leisure environment for local residents and visitors based on a long term vision of sustainable development.