Next Thursday (28th February) will see a Conservative Kingsclere Councillor proposing to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council that Whitchurch takes an increase of 200 homes. These would be on the Knowlings field and on the land south of Testbourne and west of Winchester Road.
Local Whitchurch Councillor Keith Watts has said he will fight this proposal.
How local residents can have a say:
Local residents are able to attend the meeting in the Civic Offices in Basingstoke to make their views known.
Arrive in good time before the start of a 6.30pm meeting of the Cabinet of BDBC.
If you want to speak, phone 844844 and ask for Committee Services then say that you wish to speak on agenda item 13 of the Cabinet meeting.
Just a few of the comments so far:
Scores of comments have been made on this website and on local social networking sites, including:
- “Basingstoke & Deane have no regard for the lack of infra-structure, demands on schools, doctors and roads, policing, not to mention care for the elderly and provision for the very young.”
- “The roads and utilities infrastructure can only just cope with the existing population of Whitchurch. BDBC are adopting the usual response to this problem, just stick the housing required in Whitchurch.”
- “Basingstoke & Deane are living in complete la la land if they believe this plan is sensible epecially over the time scale there are suggesting – this is 22% increase in the size of the town over the next 15 years. And they have no firms plans on all the associated services needed to support the extra people.”
- “…and now we see why B&DBC fought so damn hard to get the access strip excluded from the Fields In Trust park”
- “The removal of 200 homes from the plan for Bramley will clearly give Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Ranil Jayawardena a much more comfortable ride with his Bramley constituents”
- “Why didn’t the Town Council get on with the Neighbourhood Plan when it had the chance?”
- “Will the housing be for locals or more for those who commute to London? We need housing for locals !!”
- ” Let me just say that I’m not especially in favour of new developments … but I’m not sure we can get too cross. People need homes and if there aren’t enough, surely the only way to resolve this issue is to build some new ones?”
- ” Whitchurch will struggle to maintain its identity and possibly it is the intention of the council to rip the heart from us and other towns in the borough.”
There are many other comments made: WHITCHURCH FACEBOOK
See the original article HERE
UPDATE: Monday 25th February: There is now a PETITION. Forms available at the Gill Nethercott Centre and the Town Hall.