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Option To Buy Park-and-Ride Site

Prospects for a new park-and-ride facility in Stratford-upon-Avon have moved a step closer, with the district council having secured an option to buy 45 acres of land on the outskirts of the town.

Stratford-on-Avon District Council has signed an agreement which gives it two years to decide whether to purchase part of the Wildmoor estate, just off the A46 trunk road west of the town. As part of the agreement the council must apply for planning permission for a park-and-ride facility on the site, and possibly a number of other uses too.

Next month the council's Management Committee will be asked to approve the appointment of planning consultants, to prepare and submit a detailed planning application for the proposals. Although the project is a council scheme, it must still be considered for planning permission by the relevant committee as with any other development.

The potential of the site was identified by the council last year and since then it has been negotiating with the owners on the option agreement. If the proposals for a 750 space park-and-ride are accepted, the project will cost some 2m over the next 3 years.

One of the district council's aims is to ease congestion and minimise the adverse environmental impacts of transport. It is hoped that the provision of a new park-and-ride at Wildmoor will significantly contribute towards the sustainability of the town centre.

Mark Lepkowski, Press Officer  01789 260104
Joel Hancock, Project Officer   01789 260135


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