After years of effort and many hours of meetings, the draft Basingstoke and Deane Plan for the next fifteen years is out for comments by the public.
This document, known as the “Core Strategy”, identifies where development will take place in Basingstoke & Deane in the next 15 years. Several other documents are published with it; one of these is the Infrastructure Delivery Plan. They can be read on the Council’s web site here.
A Council leaflet inviting you to have your say is being delivered by volunteers to every letterbox in Whitchurch.
There will be an exhibition in the Town Hall on Saturday 17 March from 11am to 1pm.
Key policies for local people’s attention are SS2.8 – South of Bloswood Lane on page 39 and SS6 – Approach to Neighbourhood Planning on page 47. These propose the building of 350 new homes in Whitchurch during the next 15 years. The average of 25 new homes each year is the same as for the 15 years up to 2010. Very few new homes have been built in Whitchurch in the past two years.
Planning for the first phase south of Bloswood Lane is at an advanced stage and a Planning Application is expected soon. The developers held an exhibition in the Town Hall last month. They are proposing:
- a total of 91 new homes
- 37 “affordable homes” to rent or part buy, part rent
- a green space fronting onto Bloswood Lane with a children’s play area
- keeping the existing public footpaths across the site
- a new road entering from Bloswood Lane
- car parking on site