The BDBC Cabinet Member for Planning, Donald Sherlock of Kingsclere, will be recommending to the Council’s Cabinet next Thursday that the allocation for new house building in Whitchurch over 15 years in the emerging Local Plan shall be increased from 350 dwellings to 550 dwellings, that is, an increase of 64%.
Specifically, instead of allowing the location of 200 dwellings in the later phases of the plan period to be decided locally through Neighbourhood Planning, the two remaining Category 1 sites in the SHLAA shall both be allocated for 200 homes each.
The two sites are:
- the Borough Council’s own land behind The Knowlings (accessible by a proposed road across Daniel Park from Alliston Way) and
- the site east of Winchester Road and south of Testbourne School (accessible directly from Winchester Road by removal of one house).
Whitchurch Councillor Keith Watts says:
“This number of additional houses cannot be justified by ‘bottom up’ planning for the needs of Whitchurch. The proposal is for Whitchurch to accommodate some of the overspill from Basingstoke arising from the Council administration’s failure to plan adequately and early enough for development of land at Manydown west of Basingstoke.
“I will oppose this increase in the number of houses to be built on green fields in Whitchurch all the way to the Examination of the Local Plan in Public by a Planning Inspector, if that is necessary.”
More on this topic will be posted later