Further 7.8 acres of Rowley Fields proposed for development

 Despite assurances to the contrary, Stratford Town Trust now proposes selling a further 7.8 acres of Rowley Fields for the building of 80 houses.  This in addition to the smaller parcel proposed for development to the rear of Avenue Road.  It is not too late to save both of these precious green areas from development.  Please help by:

  • becoming a member of the Town Trust by completing the application form on the Trust’s website. Membership is free. Get the  application form here.
  • attending the two consultation meetings that the Trust is holding at Stratford Arts House between 3pm and 8pm on 3 February and 9 March 2015.
  • writing to the Chair, Chief Executive and trustees of the Town Trust. For their details, click trustees
  • complain to the Charity Commission about the Trust’s actions. For details click complain
  • join us by emailing rowleyfieldsforever@yahoo.co.uk.
  • The newspaper shop on Clopton Road has a box with papers in so that you can sign a petition and leave it at the shop. Alternatively you can use the get involved section on this site.

We look forward to your support.  A map of proposed development is shown below.

Map showing propsoed development

“Row escalates over sale of trust land for development” Stratford Herald 31 October 2013

The Rowley Fields Forever Action Group have been quick to  react to  the letter from the Chief Executive of the Town Trust in the Herald on 24 October 2013 which accused residents of ‘ a fundamental misunderstanding’ of the Trust’s plans for 7 Benson Road and the land behind. The Group believes it fully understands the plans of the Trust which is why there is so much concern. The Action Group’s comments are included on the front page of the Herald this week.  For the article please go to here.

One of the Group’s key concerns is that the Trust has failed to comply with Charity Commission guidance concerning consultation with beneficiaries in advance of purchasing and/or disposing of land. The Chief Executive’s letter in the Herald fails to address this.

Further coverage is included in the letters page of the Herald this week with a beneficiary writing in questioning the Trust’s decision to ‘sell the family silver’.

Thank you all for your support to date.  Please  continue to post comments or email through the get involved page where a summary of  the support received is shown.

Houses to be built on Welcombe Hills?

Stratford Town Trust have sold (subject to contract) some beautiful land near the Welcombe Hills for housing development together with a house they bought in January 2013 for over £615,000  on Benson Road.  The Trust own most of the land between the top of Welcombe Road and Maidenhead Road which borders on the Welcombe Hills and  development of any part of this land may lead to all of it being a housing estate in future.  Do Stratford residents want this land developed?  Should the Trust be risking beneficiaries’ money in this way? Why didn’t they ask us what we think – after all if you live in Stratford you are a beneficiary and according to the Charity Commission should have been asked.

To find out more and make a stand against this proposal please read on and get involved. 

For headline article in Stratford Herald 10 October 2013 go to here.

Local Press coverage in Stratford Herald

An article by Preston Witts appeared on the front page of the Stratford Herald on Thursday 18th July titled Alarm over town trust land sale:

ALARM was voiced this week that Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust is planning to sell land for development purposes in one of the town’s most desirable residential areas. The trust has announced that it wishes to sell 1.48 acres it owns in Benson Road, on the edge of the Welcombe Hills. In an advertisement in a recent issue of the Herald this was described as a “freehold residential development opportunity”, subject to planning.

The full article is available here