A Birmingham based regeneration company is optimistic about achieving planning consent for a Midland residential development.

St. Modwen intend to build up to 284 homes, sports pitches, children’s play areas, 14 allotments and a village hall and shop at its Long Marston Estate near Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Around 40 acres of woodland within the site will be opened up for walking and cycling and St. Modwen is to create a mile-long extension to the Greenway pedestrian and cycle path that leads to Stratford.

John Dodds, Midlands regional director at St. Modwen, said: “The proposal offers a self-contained community that will bring quality housing and acres of natural space and recreational facilities to the area, not only for new residents but also for those living further afield which, in turn, will boost Stratford-upon-Avon’s economy.

“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.”

There will also be a sports hall, a restaurant and café, skate park, astro-turf pitch and a plot reserved for a public house and possible bike hire.

A total of 30 touring caravan pitches and 30 camping pitches together with an associated amenity block will also be built.

The homes will be constructed by Persimmon Homes, who have a joint venture with St Modwen to develop 2,000 homes on seven St. Modwen sites.