All Things Wild – planning proposal:-
- ATW are planning to re-locate from their current Honeybourne location to the Willicote Equestrian Centre.
- Their stated aim is to at least double the 100,000 visitors they currently attract at Honeybourne, where there is rail station to London, Oxford, Reading, Worcester& Hereford.
- Their vision – to be in the ‘top 5’ largest wildlife parks by 2028. This vision would be more visitors than their 200,000 stated aim – in 2019 the 5th largest wildlife attraction welcomed 732,672 visitors.
- Their plans for the Willicote Equestrian Centre include:-
- 1000+ car parking spaces with parking for several coaches
- 9 large zoned areas, all lit as it is predominantly outdoors
- Site perimeter ‘prison style’ fencing and service road
- Up to 45 guests lodges for overnight accommodation + 2 staff dwellings
- 2 x tobogganing slopes / amphitheatre / seasonal artificial ice rink / 4 retail huts / Café Covered picnic area / Play areas.
- Significantly more traffic on the Campden Road; across Stratford’s bridges and junctions; across bridges at Welford and Bidford; increased traffic to radial roads to Stratford (Shipston Road, Banbury Road, Warwick Road, Birmingham Road, Alcester Road), and through villages inc. Binton and Welford. This on top of the ever-increasing volumes generated by other developments at Meon Vale, Long Marston, and across Stratford
- Increased light, noise and air pollution across several Parishes
- Developing c.80 acres of the existing Willicote Equestrian centre site
- Decimation of the indigenous wildlife natural habit to create cages for wild animals…from the Artic, Australasia…Africa.
- An all-year-round theme park. Late opening until 20.00 during school holidays and seasonal events (Christmas, Easter, Halloween), increasing activity & noise, air & light pollution. It will pull retail, tourism and Christmas trade from Stratford’s efforts.
- The proposal is NOT in either of Stratford’s Adopted Core Strategy 2031, nor Clifford Chambers and Milcote’s Neighbourhood Plan 2031, and is contrary to both.
- There were c. 143 injury accidents (1999-2021) on the B4632 from and including the Waitrose roundabout to the north (with the A3400), to the Long Marston development roundabout to the south. That includes 5 Fatalities. Our community, and others served by the B road, know of the inherent hazards to this road (source Crash-map website, freely available online, being reported injury collisions informed by Department of Transport data)
ACT NOW: your feedback to this application is crucial, and is only open until 22 July
- Please log on to the Stratford District Council e-planning website:-
- Type into your web-browser Stratford e-planning and then click – Stratford e-planning.
- Under Search by Application, enter 22/00114/OUT into the application number box; click ‘Search’.
- Click on the Associated Documents tab; this will gain access to all documents submitted as part of this application
- Clicking on the Comment tab will enable you to free type and submit your feedback
- Alternatively email or write to give your feedback to Louise Koelman, Case Officer –
- Stratford-upon-Avon District Council. Elizabeth House. Church Street. CV37 6HX
Quoting application 22/00114/OUT
The latest news on feedback
- 450+ individual objections have been submitted, our aim is for this to exceed 1000+
- 10 local Parish councils have submitted their objection to this application, plus Meon Vale Residents Association, CPRE, CALA Homes, and Wild About Clifford (Wildlife Charity)
- The Born Free Foundation & Freedom For Animals have both objected