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31st March 2015 - ST. MODWEN GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR NEXT STAGE OF MEON VALE COMMUNITY

ST. MODWEN GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR NEXT STAGE OF MEON VALE COMMUNITYSt. Modwen, the UK's leading regeneration specialist, is set to build up to 550 more family homes and a primary school at its Meon Vale community near Stratford-upon-Avon, after being given the go ahead by councillors on Stratford District Council Planning Committee (East) last week.

This next stage of development at Meon Vale will also include highway improvements and the relocation of the holiday village, which is set to comprise 300 self-catering lodges and holiday homes and 80 caravan pitches, to the north west of the site.

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. Modwensaid:  “Comprising over 470 acres, this former Ministry of Defence brownfield site is starting to take shape as a new community for Warwickshire. It is long-term, well thought out, sustainable developments like Meon Vale that are taking pressure off the immediate surrounding villages that are facing the prospect of an inappropriate number of infill and back land developments and therefore helping to preserve the original character of these communities.

“Meon Vale presents a real solution to Stratford upon Avon and the wider area’s housing needs, offering much-needed local amenities, a new greenway extension and a popular leisure destination that is already being used by hundreds of local people every day. There is a real sense of community building here”.
St. Modwen will continue to develop Meon Vale to deliver a sustainable community.

9th February 2015 - FAMILIES FLOCKING TO THE GREENWAY AT MEON VALE

8th March 2014 - ST. MODWEN'S TRACK RECORD - TRENTHAM: THE GARDEN MAKEOVER OF THE DECADEFamilies have been flocking to the new section of The Greenway cycle and footpath at Meon Vale to use their bikes, scooters and roller skates.

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 - NEW BUS ROUTE FOR MEON VALE COMMUNITY

A new bus service has been launched to serve the growing Meon Vale community.

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'S TRACK RECORD - TRENTHAM: THE GARDEN MAKEOVER OF THE DECADE

8th March 2014 - ST. MODWEN'S TRACK RECORD - TRENTHAM: THE GARDEN MAKEOVER OF THE DECADESt. 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.

To view the article in full please click here

 

19th Feb 2014 - ST. MODWEN PLANS PUBLIC CONSULTATION INTO NEXT PHASE OF DEVELOPMENT AT MEON VALE

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, is to hold a public consultation event to discuss its proposals for the next stage of development at its Meon Vale development near Stratford-upon-Avon.

The public consultation will give local residents and interested parties the opportunity to view the next planned stage of development at the site, which includes an additional 550 homes and a new primary school. Attendees will be able to ask questions of the team and provide their views on the proposals.

The event will be held on Thursday 27th February at Quinton & Admington Village Hall, The Close, Lower Quinton, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8SE, between 4.00pm and 7.30pm.

Richard Hickman, planning surveyor at St. Modwen said: “Our joint venture partners, Persimmon are already on site with the first phase of 284 houses, which is proving very popular. We will also complete the village hall, 18 apartments, convenience store, café, sports hall, all weather pitch and sports pitches and the extension to The Greenway by June of this year.

“The new community at Meon Vale is really taking shape and much needed housing is being delivered. The employment space is also now virtually fully let.

“Consulting with the public is an important part of the planning process and we would like local residents and businesses to attend this consultation and to give us their comments and feedback on the next phase of development that is proposed for Meon Vale, prior to us submitting an outline planning application.

“We believe that these latest proposals with bring further economic and social benefits to the area and look forward to welcoming comments from those attending the public consultation.” 

18th Nov 2013 - ST. MODWEN UNVEILS 'MEON VALE' AS NEW NAME FOR LONG MARSTON DEPOT

Meon ValeSt. Modwen has unveiled ‘Meon Vale’ as the new name for Long Marston Depot, after a competition was launched to find a fresh identity for the 470 acre development.

The name has been chosen to reflect the changes that are taking place on site, including the first phase of homes being built by Persimmon, and the leisure and community facilities that are due to open in the New Year.

The £100 million scheme at the former Ministry of Defence site, just seven miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, officially received its new name, at an unveiling ceremony by competition winner Lydia Stowe, a resident of Lower Quinton.

Nearly 50 per cent of all respondents to the competition chose Meon Vale as their preferred name for the new village, with Ms Stowe picked at random as the winner, and recipient of £50 worth of Marks & Spencer vouchers.

Commenting on the new name, Peter Rudd, senior development surveyor, said: “We’re really pleased to be launching Meon Vale as the name of the new community at the former Ministry of Defence site near Long Marston.

“We’d like to thank those who took the time to enter the competition and share their thoughts and opinions with us on what the new village should be named. The development is moving forward rapidly with the construction of the new community hub and retail centre taking shape.”

Ms Stowe added: “I chose Meon Vale as the name for the new village as it represented a fresh new identity for an area that is undergoing large scale regeneration. I think it reflects the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and also that this modern development will provide opportunities for families and businesses, creating a thriving hub of activity for years to come.

“I look forward to seeing the development take shape and to using the community resources at Meon Vale once construction is complete.”  

As part of its masterplan for the 470 acre site, the first phases of the development will see St. Modwen, alongside joint venture partners Persimmon Homes, deliver 284 homes, together with a local centre with a village hall and shop, public open spaces, an extension to the Greenway, sports pitches, sports hall, café, an all-weather pitch, children’s play areas and 14 full size allotments.

10th July 2013 - SPORTS AND LEISURE FACILITIES REVEALED

SPORTS AND LEISURE FACILITIES REVEALEDStratford-on-Avon District Council has given the go-ahead to proposals for the multi-million pound central hub of the new village, which will provide a wealth of sports and leisure facilities for new and existing residents, holidaymakers and members of the wider community.

The new facilities will ensure that the new village is a true mixed use development comprising a mixture of leisure, residential and employment uses together with
a wide range of public open space.

The design of the leisure buildings will reflect the character of buildings in the surrounding villages of Pebworth and Lower Quinton, and utilise traditional materials including red and grey roof tiles, red facing brickwork, render and timber cladding.

The proposals for the central area follow a series of design workshops with ward members of Stratford-on-Avon District Council and local parish councillors representing Marston Sicca and Quinton.

We are grateful for their time and input. Peter Rudd, Senior Development Surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “The central area will be the core of the flourishing new, mixed use development at Long Marston, offering a range of facilities for new and existing residents and holidaymakers. It will also create an attractive focal point and a stopping off place for those using the new extended Greenway.”

Work on the leisure facilities is planned to get underway during this summer and take approximately 12 months to complete.

Facilities will include:

• Sports hall suitable for a range of indoor sports including badminton, basketball and football
• Café and restaurant
• All-weather sports pitch suitable for hockey, five-a-side football and tennis
• Camping site for 30 touring caravans and 30 camping pitches
• Car parking, landscaping
• Links to the Greenway – the scenic cycle and walking path which extends for a mile through the site leading to the existing Greenway and Stratford upon Avon
• 18 maisonettes in a courtyard style development

6th July 2013 - WORKS UPDATE

WORKS UPDATEAs part of the first phase of works, we are currently constructing the new access road and roundabout off Campden Road, which should be completed in the summer.

Work will soon start on the local centre that will include a community hall and shop. Parts of Quinton Brook that are currently culverted are being opened up, providing ecological benefits and a pleasant focal point for residents and visitors.

Various buildings have been demolished to make way for the first 284 high quality two, three and four bedroom homes being built by Charles Church Homes and Persimmon Homes, which have now been launched. Split across two collections called Meon View and Marston Grange, the housing will include 115 affordable houses in addition to a further 28 homes prioritised for those working on the business park.

4th July 2013 - NEW BUSINESS MOVE INTO LONG MARSTON BUSINESS PARK

NEW BUSINESS MOVE INTO LONG MARSTON BUSINESS PARKFollowing the demise of Johnson Vellen in 2012 we are pleased to announce a number of new lettings at Long Marston Business Park.

New occupants include the fast growing health and beauty business DCS Europe, which has doubled the size of its premises by moving into a 75,000 sq ft warehouse. The move will allow DCS to fulfil its ambitious growth plans.

Denys Shortt, Founder and CEO of DCS, commented: “A sign of business success is when orders exceed the capacity of the site you own. The extra warehouse at Long Marston Business Park is welcomed and will provide much needed additional space. We will be investing over £250,000 in the Long Marston site with racking and forklift trucks and expect to create 10 more jobs.

5th December 2012 - ST. MODWEN GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR LEISURE AT LONG MARSTON

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has received detailed planning consent for the first phase of development at its Meon Vale that will include 284 homes and unlock an abundance of green space and recreational activities for Stratford-upon-Avon residents.
 
Councillors at last night’s meeting of Stratford District Council West planning committee unanimously approved the revised proposals for the flourishing new neighbourhood that will feature the much-needed high quality new homes and a wide range of recreational facilities including public open space / sports pitches, children’s play areas, 14 full size allotments and a local centre that will include a village hall and shop. Approximately 40 acres of woodland within the site will be opened up to local people and visitors for walking and cycling.
 
John Dodds, Midlands Regional Director at St. Modwen, said: “We are very pleased to receive unanimous approval for our planning proposals. This result reflects the close work we have undertaken with Stratford officers and councillors to ensure this new community will benefit not only the new residents but those living further afield, in turn boosting Stratford-upon-Avon’s economy.
 
“Combined with the nearby Long Marston Business Park, this will be a safe and sustainable new neighbourhood in a rural setting where people can live, work, shop and socialise and connect to services and facilities by foot, bike and bus.
 
“In addition, more than 550 construction jobs will be created in the delivery of the first phase, which will help alleviate the loss of 300 jobs with the recent closure of Long Marston Business Park tenant JohnsonVellen.”
 
Prior to the occupation of the 85th dwelling, St. Modwen will deliver a sports hall suitable for football and badminton, a restaurant and café, skate park, astro-turf pitch, a plot reserved for a public house and possible bike hire in the future.  A total of 30 touring caravan pitches and 30 camping pitches together with an associated amenity block will also be delivered at the same time.
 
St. Modwen will also create a mile-long extension to the Greenway pedestrian and cycle path that will be delivered up to 10 years earlier than originally planned. The extended path will join the existing Greenway that leads to Stratford-upon-Avon – enabling people to cycle or walk directly to and from the town.
 
The homes will be delivered by Persimmon Homes. St. Modwen and Persimmon have entered a joint venture to initially develop 2,000 homes on seven St. Modwen owned sites across the UK. Long Marston is one of these seven sites.
 
For more details on the Long Marston proposals please contact Peter Rudd at St. Modwen on prudd@stmodwen.co.uk / 0121 222 9400.

11th September 2012 - ST. MODWEN & PERSIMMON HOMES HOLD PUBLIC CONSULTATION FOR LONG MARSTON LEISURE FACILITIES

Display PanelsSt. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, and Persimmon Homes are inviting members of the public to a consultation event on proposals for leisure and community facilities at Meon Vale.

The public consultation will be held at Quinton and Admington Village Hall on Wednesday 26 September from 4pm to 8pm.

Local residents and interested parties will be able to view the plans and have an opportunity to influence the range of potential leisure and recreational uses that could be provided. These could include a community hall, tennis courts, a bowling green, bike hire provision, a café/restaurant and an amenity area for caravan and camping pitches and amenity facilities. The proposals also include the opening up of over 80 acres of woodland for public access and outdoor activities.

Representatives from St. Modwen and Persimmon Homes will be on-hand throughout the public consultation, together with the architects and planning consultants working on the project.  All will be available to answer questions relating to the proposals, and to receive comments and feedback.

John Dodds, Midlands Regional Director at St. Modwen, said:  “St. Modwen already has outline planning permission for a mixed use development comprising leisure holiday homes / lodges, an 80 pitch caravan park, outdoor activity centre and supporting leisure complex, residential and employment. We would now like to ask residents about the type of supporting leisure and community facilities they would like to see here.

“The consultation event is in keeping with our overall approach at Long Marston of consulting with the public on an on-going basis and providing people with the chance to find out more about our plans and provide us with their comments on the proposals.”

You can view the advertisement for the public consultation here (PDF)

4th September 2012 - STATEMENT FROM ST. MODWEN ON PLANNING DECISION FOR FIRST PHASE OF DEVELOPMENT

artists impressionResponding to Stratford District Council west area planning committee’s decision to reject proposals for the first phase of development at Long Marston, John Dodds, Midlands Regional Director for St. Modwen, said:

“We are very disappointed with this outcome, particularly given that the Planning Officer’s report issued prior to the Committee Meeting recommended that the scheme should be granted planning permission.

“We have undertaken extensive consultation with the public and local authority throughout the planning process and received support from many parties and key individuals who share our vision for this next phase of development on the Long Marston site.

“We will now explore our options for potentially appealing against the decision as we believe that St. Modwen and Persimmon Homes’ proposal for a wide range of community facilities and nearly 300 homes is in line with the phasing plan under the existing outline planning consent for the 478-acre site.”

30th August 2012 - ST. MODWEN RESPONDS TO COMMENTS ABOUT FIRST PHASE OF DEVELOPMENT AT MEON VALE

GreenwayResponding to recent comments by Councillor Mike Brain about the size of the community facility in first phase of development at Meon Vale, John Dodds, Midlands Regional Director of St. Modwen, said: “Councillor Mike Brain’s comments are unexpected. I would also like to assert that St. Modwen has no involvement with the Bird Group proposals on their land. These are completely separate.

“Cllr Brain led the Joint Parish Council Working Group at the recent community design workshops which gave residents, parish and ward councillors the opportunity to express any concerns about the layout and design of the first phase and work with Persimmon and St. Modwen. This process resulted in a better solution.

“Cllr Brain voiced his support for the outcome of these design workshops and the results have formed the current planning application which is going before Stratford District Council’s West Area Planning Committee on 3 September.

“After being so heavily involved in these revised plans, Cllr Brain should not need reminding that the central facilities are not solely leisure uses. This latest application shows that St. Modwen is committed to delivering a wide range of recreational facilities along with the community centre in the first phase, including a central square, convenience store, sports pavilion and pitches for football, cricket and rugby, children's play area, 14 allotments, public open areas and car parking along with 284 quality homes.

“As part of this, the new mile-long extension to the Greenway cycle path will also be delivered much earlier than originally planned. The path will join the existing Greenway which leads to Stratford-upon-Avon. It will be open for public use and will run through the whole of the Long Marston development and alongside existing areas of the woodland parts of the Quinton Brook. A new timber bridge for pedestrians and cyclists will also be provided over the watercourse and a bike hire / repair facility as well as a café may also be provided.

“At a time when the largest tenant, JohnsonVellon, has gone into administration with the loss of over 300 jobs, accounting for over 70% of people employed on site, the construction jobs that will be created in building this first phase – likely to be over 550 – will help to mitigate the JohnsonVellon losses.

“A public consultation event is being held on 26 September at which we will invite people’s comments on the next phase of development which could include a camping and caravan park with amenity facilities block, café, tennis courts, bowling green, bike hire facility and café, restaurant and parking.”

17th July 2012 - VIEW THE REVISED PLANS FOR THE RESIDENTIAL & COMMUNITY RETAIL PHASE OF MEON VALE

These exhibition boards show the revised plans for the residential and community/retail phase of Meon Vale.

They highlight the changes to the layout and architectural design that have resulted from a series of Community Design Workshops.

Members of the public are invited to submit their comments and feedback on the revised plans by filling in the contact form on this website or by contacting Peter Rudd at St. Modwen: prudd@stmodwen.co.uk / 0121 222 9400. Alternatively write to Peter Rudd, St. Modwen, 7 Ridgeway, Sir Stanley Clarke House, Quinton Business Park, Birmingham B32 1AF

Please note that comments must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 20 July to be taken into account.

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7th March 2012 - ST. MODWEN AND PERSIMMON HOMES SUBMIT PLANS FOR FIRST PHASE OF DEVELOPMENT AT MEON VALE

St. Modwen and Persimmon logosSt. Modwen and Persimmon Homes have submitted proposals to create an attractive, sustainable neighbourhood as the first phase of built development at the 470 acre Long Marston development.

Having already received outline planning consent, this first phase will provide 284 homes, a central square with a community centre and convenience store as well as a sports pavilion and pitches, children's play area, 14 full size allotments, public open areas and car parking.

The plans follow local public consultation and have been designed to transform the former Ministry of Defence site into a unique thriving community that will provide high quality housing and facilities as well as around 500 jobs.

The proposed housing includes 115 affordable houses and also a further 28 homes which will be prioritised for those working on the Estate. Primary vehicular access will be from Campden Road via a new roundabout entrance and a new access road into the development will also be created.

The use of public transport will be promoted with a new bus service and bus stop located within walking distance of the houses and the neighbourhood will also be well connected by foot and cycle paths. The application also includes a section of the proposed Greenway cycle and footpath adjacent to the new houses. This would run alongside Quinton Brook, a part of which would be deculverted.

A further planning application has also been submitted proposing the permanent construction of the Greenway cycle and footpath extension running one and a quarter miles from north to south through the whole of the Long Marston development. The route will link with the existing Greenway, a five mile path that runs to the north of the Long Marston site and leads to Stratford upon Avon. Open to the public all year round, the Greenway could be open by the end of 2013.

David McGing, land director for Persimmon Homes South Midlands, said: "We are very excited about our proposed development with St. Modwen, which will not only bring a range of much needed quality yet affordable new homes to house-hunters in and around Long Marston, but will also provide a great deal of skilled employment to the area with up to 80 permanent jobs being created."

Richard Hickman, planning manager for St. Modwen, said: "Our proposals with Persimmon have been developed following public consultation and pre-application discussions with the local authority. They are set to create a unique community providing high quality houses and apartments alongside a wide range of recreational facilities. The development will complement the broader redevelopment of Meon Vale and bring this site back to life, creating more jobs and amenities for this part of Warwickshire."

Around 500 people already work at the 470 acre development, which is located roughly six miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon town centre and adjacent to the B4632 (formerly the A46) Campden Road. In 2009, St. Modwen received outline planning permission for a mixed-use scheme, incorporating leisure and housing uses, and detailed planning permission for retention of the 80,000 sq m (861,120 sq ft) of employment space. Planning permission is also in place for retention of the rail storage and restoration facilities, as well as a rail-based leisure attraction.

St. Modwen, the UK's leading regeneration specialist and Persimmon Homes, one of the UK's leading house builders, have created a joint venture to initially develop 2,000 homes on seven sites across the UK, owned by St. Modwen. Long Marston is one of these seven sites

29th June 2011 - JET EXPANDS INTO 300,000 SQ FT AT ST. MODWEN'S LONG MARSTON BUSINESS PARK

Jet Total Vehicle Solutions plc has signed a deal with St. Modwen to take approximately 300,000 sq ft of space in a number of newly refurbished units on a 15 year lease, plus eight acres of open storage at Long Marston Business Park in Warwickshire. The recent rapid expansion of Jet, which has been based at Long Marston for over 10 years, has created around 90 new jobs for local people.

Providing de-fleet and re-marketing support for many of the UK's top automotive brands, Jet has significantly expanded its operations at Long Marston from 167,000 sq ft to 300,000 sq ft, relocating to the south side of the 470 acre Estate. Services provided by Jet include transport logistics, car refurbishment, valeting and storage, prior to commencement of a full marketing service. A specialist car auction house is among Jet's facilities at Long Marston.

Peter Rudd, senior development surveyor for St. Modwen, said: "There are now over 500 people working at Long Marston Business Park and it is tremendous news that Jet is now the largest employer. Jet was established at Long Marston and it is a highly impressive homegrown success. They identified a gap in the market and are now one of the market leaders in their field, providing a first class service to blue chip clients in the automotive sector.

"We are undergoing a refurbishment programme across many of the business units at Long Marston Business Park in order to offer high quality, modern space to other local businesses. Around 100,000 sq ft of space is currently available on a range of lease options in a selection of units. Meanwhile, we are also working with our joint venture partners Persimmon Homes to prepare the planning application for the first phase of 270 homes, community and retail facilities, sports pitches and new open space at the north side of the 470 acre Estate. This is a really exciting time for this landmark development project and the first phase is likely to create over 200 construction jobs, bringing significant investment into the area."

Jet is currently undergoing a significant recruitment drive to fulfil vacancies across a number of its specialist departments. Positions are currently available for drivers, quality control inspectors, repair technicians, sales ledger accountants, call centre agents, administrators and cleaning staff.

Paul Johnson, managing director and founder of Jet Total Vehicle Solutions plc said: "It has been highly advantageous to us being able to grow our business without having to relocate. From our beginnings on Long Marston Business Park as a start-up business to being one of the largest employers in the local area is something that I am immensely proud of. In total we have 210 permanent staff and a further 100 casual workers on site, with the recent expansion creating 90 new jobs.

"St. Modwen has worked with us on the refurbishment programme to ensure the range of new facilities meet our exacting standards. We have made a significant investment in the fit-out of all the buildings and we are delighted with the results. We are also very much looking forward to welcoming the variety of new community facilities, leisure properties and homes that St. Modwen and Persimmon Homes will be developing as the first phase of new development here."

The 470 acre Long Marston Masterplan also encompasses the creation of a leisure development featuring 150 self-catering lodges, 150 holiday homes, an 80-pitch caravan park, an outdoor activity centre, football and cricket pitches and a rail-based heritage centre. Marketing of the leisure development is ongoing and is being carried out by the Stratford upon Avon office of property consultants Knight Frank.

The outline planning consent for the development obtained in February 2010 also sanctions a total of 500 new houses and community and retail facilities and secures 860,000 sq ft of existing employment space on site. St. Modwen is also retaining and improving upon existing ecological habitats and landscaping.

11th May 2011 - PUBLIC TO BE CONSULTED ON FIRST PHASE OF DEVELOPMENT FOR MEON VALE 

St. Modwen and Persimmon Homes are inviting members of the public to a consultation event regarding the proposals for the first phase of development at the 470 acre Meon Vale, Warwickshire. The event will take place between 4pm – 8pm on Thursday 26th May at Quinton & Admington Village Hall, The Close, Lower Quinton, Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 8SE.

St. Modwen has already secured outline planning permission for a mixed-use development at the 190 hectare (470 acre) Meon Vale site and together with Persimmon Homes, they are seeking to bring forward the first phase of these plans which predominantly comprises residential development. Following the consultation event and a review of public feedback, it is intended to submit a detailed planning application for approximately 270 two, three and four bedroom new homes. These homes will provide a mix of affordable and open market houses and apartments, of which some will be prioritised for those working on the Estate.

Plans for the first phase also include the creation of circa 279 sq m (3,000 sq ft) of new community space, a Neighbourhood Area Equipped for Play (NEAP), retail facilities and 14 acres of public open space. As a key part of the consultation event, members of the public will be encouraged to give their views on what they would like to see the new community centre used for, what type of retail store would be required by local people, and also what type of leisure and sports facilities they would like to see.

David McGing land director for Persimmon Homes South Midlands, comments: “We are very excited about our proposed development  with St Modwen, which we believe will not only bring a range of much needed quality yet affordable new homes to househunters in and around Long Marston, but will also provide a great deal of skilled employment to the area.”

Richard Hickman, planning manager for St. Modwen, said: “Our plans with Persimmon allow for a range of high quality houses and apartments to be developed alongside new community facilities that will complement the broader redevelopment of Meon Vale. Collectively, they will bring this site back to life creating more jobs and amenities for this part of Warwickshire.”

“Consulting with the public is an important part of the pre-planning process and we therefore hope that local residents will take this opportunity to find out about our plans and provide their individual views on the proposals.”

Over 500 people already work at the 470 acre Estate, which is located roughly six miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon town centre and adjacent to the B4632 (formerly the A46) Campden Road. In 2009, St. Modwen received outline planning permission for a mixed-use scheme, incorporating leisure and employment uses and detailed planning permission for retention of the 80,000 sq m (861,120 sq ft) of employment space. Planning permission is also in place for retention of the rail storage and restoration facilities, as well as a rail-based leisure attraction.  Plans to enhance the access to the site include a new roundabout at the B4632 entrance and a new roundabout at the Campden Road/Shipston Road junction.

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist and Persimmon Homes, one of the UK’s leading house builders, have created a joint venture to initially develop 2,000 homes on seven sites across the UK, owned by St. Modwen. Long Marston is one of these seven sites. Representatives from St. Modwen and Persimmon will be on-hand throughout the public consultation event, together with the planning consultants and transport engineers working on the project.  All will be available to answer questions relating to the new development, and to receive comments and feedback on the proposals.

14th March 2011 - ST. MODWEN SIGNALS THE BEGINNING OF THE £100 MILLION TRANSFORMATION OF LONG MARSTON

St. Modwen has signalled the beginning of the £100 million transformation of Long Marston in Warwickshire with the appointment of demolition contractor PM Harris.

Representing the first phase of the Long Marston Masterplan, a six month programme of demolition has now commenced, removing the former Ministry of Defence accommodation area on the site.  These buildings, which have fallen into disrepair, will be stripped out internally before being mechanically demolished to prepare the site for future building work.

Peter Rudd, senior development surveyor for St. Modwen, said: “Ground clearance, site clean-up and remediation are key stages in the regeneration process, and at Long Marston we are now gearing up to prepare this area of the site for future development.  As part of St. Modwen’s responsible approach to sustainable regeneration, over 90 per cent of the waste generated through the demolition process will be recycled for use elsewhere on site.  When the six month programme is complete, St. Modwen will be in a prime position to progress the next stage of development.”

The 478-acre Long Marston Masterplan encompasses the creation of a leisure development featuring 150 self-catering lodges and 150 holiday homes, an outdoor activity centre, football and cricket pitches and a rail heritage centre.  The Masterplan also includes a total of 500 new houses and secures 860,000 sq ft of existing employment space on site, safeguarding hundreds of jobs.

Marketing for the area of land earmarked for the leisure development is ongoing and is being carried out by the Stratford upon Avon office of property consultants Knight Frank. 

Peter Rudd continued: “Given its location so close to Stratford upon Avon and the Cotswolds, we believe Long Marston is ideally located, and Knight Frank has the market knowledge and leisure contacts to capitalise on this. The site has enormous potential to boost the considerable tourism offering that already exists in Stratford upon Avon and the Cotswolds.”

St. Modwen acquired the 478 acre, former MoD army base site at Long Marston in 2004. Long earmarked for redevelopment, since 2006, St. Modwen has been consulting with the public and working closely with Stratford District Council to identify a suitable use for the site.  The development will also retain and improve upon existing ecological habitats and landscaping.

2nd August 2010 - St. MODWEN ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF RESIDENTIAL JOINT VENTURE WITH PERSIMMON

St. Modwen and Persimmon PLC announce that they have entered into a joint venture initially to develop 2,000 homes on seven sites owned by St. Modwen.

It is expected that the development across 120 acres of land will take up to five years to complete and will have an end value of over £300m. Further schemes will be added to the joint venture as planning permission is granted.

Bill Oliver, Chief Executive, St. Modwen commented:

"We are very pleased to have reached an agreement to joint venture this land with a sector leading house builder with whom we can work to accelerate the delivery of quality housing from our portfolio."

Mike Farley, Chief Executive of Persimmon, added:

"We are excited at the prospect of working with St. Modwen. This groundbreaking joint venture will provide Persimmon with a steady long-term supply of plots across England and Wales from St. Modwen's well-located landbank."

26th February 2010 - ST. MODWEN RECEIVES PLANNING PERMISSION FOR LONG MARSTON MASTERPLAN

Following Stratford Upon Avon District Council's Planning Committee's decision to grant outline planning permission in December 2009, the S106 legal agreement has now been completed. This means St Modwen have now formally received planning permission for their masterplan proposals to include the retention of 80,000 sq m of employment, the creation of a leisure village to include 150 holiday homes and 150 holiday lodges and up to 500 dwellings including 35 per cent affordable homes.


 



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