Thursday, October 20, 2005

Shakespeare's courting village takes on developers

Residents of the village where William Shakespeare courted his wife are to force a public referendum in an attempt to prevent developers doubling the size of their community.

Stratford-upon-Avon district council voted on Monday to allow 700 homes to be built in Shottery, the site of Anne Hathaway's Cottage. The move has infuriated residents and they are to approach the town council, which incorporates the parish council, to hold a public vote on the issue, in which all of Stratford's 22,000 residents will have a say.

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