On 3 April 2008 the UK government announced the proposal had been shortlisted along with 14 other locations. 10 proposals are expected to be built by 2020.
The proposed eco-town would be six miles south-west of Stratford-upon-Avon. The majority of the 240ha site is the former Long Marston Royal Engineers depot which is now owned by St Modwen. The remainder is land owned by the Bird Group which is currently used as a business park.
About two-thirds of the site is in Warwickshire and one-third in Worcestershire and lies in both the parliamentary constituencies of Stratford-on-Avon and Mid-Worcestershire, represented by Nadhim Zahawi MP and Peter Luff MP respectively.
On Thursday 4 September 2008 St Modwen and the Bird Group published a document entitled "A VISION FOR MIDDLE QUINTON ECO-TOWN". The document includes diagrams showing six phases of development over a fifteen-year period.
The second round of consultation on eco-towns runs from 4 November 2008 until 19 February 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20081112041347/http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_172576
Opposition to the town
The proposed town is opposed by a group of local residents named the BARD (Better Accessible Responsible Development) campaign. The BARD campaign is backed by Dame Judi Dench and John Nettles.
As part of their campaign, BARD has launched a judicial review into the eco-town consultation process.
The railway facility at the north west corner of the site is run by the Stratford on Avon and Broadway Railway Society.
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- About the BARD campaign Archived 2008-11-19 at the Wayback Machine.
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