Whitchurch needs some new building to house its own growing population, whether affordable houses to rent, starter homes for people to buy or places for growing families. To accommodate the growth, suitable sites have to be found for house building.
A consultation exercise has commenced and residents are asked if the planners are right in saying that the proposed green fields are suitable?

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO COMMENT
400 houses on four green field sites before 2018

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council Planners are recommending four sites as suitable for building a total of 400 houses in the four years 2014 to 2018.
They are described below.
Be sure to make your views known about these fields.

It is important for people who know about these sites to send in their opinions whether they agree with the planners conclusions or not. Developers will certainly be trying to influence the result in their favour.

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THE SITES

The green field between Bloswood Lane and the new houses at Park View

Is this land suitable for building 100 houses between 2014 and 2018?
To comment on this site, quote reference WHIT006.

The green fields next to the A34 by-pass between Bloswood Lane and Andover Road by the cemetery

Is this land suitable for building 50 houses between 2014 and 2018?
To comment on this site, quote reference WHIT007.

The green field that slopes down from London Road by The Gables towards the River Test

Is this land suitable for building 50 houses between 2014 and 2018?
To comment on this site, quote reference WHIT009.

The field behind Micheldever Road houses with road access only through The Knowlings

Is this land suitable for building 200 houses between 2014 and 2018?
To comment on this site, quote reference WHIT010a.

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HOW AND WHERE TO COMMENT

Comments can be made until 21 June

through the Council’s website:
Basingstoke & Deane

by post to:
Draft SHLAA Consultation, BDBC, Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4AH
by attending a Council exhibition:
Saturday 12 June 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Overton Community Centre (near the traffic lights).

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DETAILED INFORMATION

The key part of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)  for Whitchurch is Appendix 5, which lists green field sites put forward by developers for house building.
This can be downloaded HERE and includes a map showing the sites being considered.

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OTHER SITES

Three other sites put forward by their owners are recommended for rejection.

They are:

The whole of the hillside behind Lynch Hill Park from London Road round to the railway line near the water tower (reference WHIT008)

The hill above Caesar’s Way, crossed by a footpath uphill from the end of Bloswood Drive to a footbridge over the railway (reference WHIT016)

The whole of Arnolds Farm (the egg farm) north of London Rd (reference WHIT015).

Please don’t assume that your comments are not needed if you agree with the planners.
Let them know what you think.

YOU CAN COMMENT HERE