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The Parish Council has been asked to consider two different development schemes for housing in two different parts of the village. This includes a proposal from Moreton Morrell College for a composite scheme of 34 houses on part of Triangle Field and part of the existing playing field, plus a proposal from Spitfire Homes for a scheme of 29 houses off Brook Lane.
Both include an amount of green space for playing field areas with the College’s proposed plan as landowners includes a playing field to either be on a long lease (99 years) or gifted to the Parish Council as part of the development and the one off Brook Lane being gifted as freehold land from the landowner.
The two schemes will therefore be put forward to villagers to consider and vote on at a public exhibition in the Village Hall on Thursday 19th April from 6pm – 9pm and on Saturday 21st April from 9pm – 12 noon. Villagers will be asked to give their comments and rank in order of their preference, i.e., either scheme A or B, both or neither. Decisions by the Parish Council will be guided by villagers’ response.
This consultation is taking place only to inform the Parish Council about how Villagers feel about these early proposals. Should any proposal proceed to a planning application, individual villagers; as well as the Parish Council; would be able to comment or make planning based objections at that time.
At this moment in time Stratford District Council has an adopted Core Strategy together with what is known as a five-year housing land supply (5YHLS), which means any development of these scales would require community support particularly as both sites are immediately outside the village’s Built Up Area Boundary. In the event that the 5YHLS was to slip – which could be caused by any delay to the Gaydon Lighthorne Heath or Long Marston Airfield development – then developers may have a more open door for development in the village.
In addition, we do need to think about securing playing field facilities for the village in order to attract young families to live in Moreton Morrell.
The Parish Council is therefore keen for everyone in the village to have their say and find out more about what each proposed scheme is offering.
Further details regarding the schemes will be released prior to the Public Exhibition to give villagers a chance to digest the information beforehand.
History of the Parish
Moreton Morrell is an ancient settlement that appears in the Domesday Book as "Mortone". From at least the early Norman times it has consisted of the 'town' of Moreton, and the hamlet of Morrell.
The Parish consists of Litttle Morrell in the North, the village of Moreton Morrell, Moreton Paddox in the South and a small number of houses to the West of the Fosse Way. The boundaries are formed: to the east by the Fosse Way, to the north by Thelsford Brook running from the Fosse westwards; and to the south, by a valley running from Hell Hole on the Fosse to the bottom of Staple Hill.
Until the end of the 19th century, the village was largely self sufficient with 45 occupations recorded in the second half of the 19th century.
The population in 1801 was very similar to that cited in the Doomesday Book in 1086. Throughout the 1800s, the population varied between 183 and 301, according to the prosperity of farming at the time. It rose to 388 by 1911, declining sharply following the First World War.
In the first part of the 1900s, the population rose at a steady rate, with a sharp increase in the late 1960s. This was primarily due to the development of Oak tree Close and Moreton Paddox.
By 2001, there was a further increase following the developments of Wilcox Leys, John Taylor Way and Chestnut Grove in the 1990s, as well as a further increase in students at the college.
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