HOUSING LATEST: Council reverts to previous local plan proposal
This statement was received from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council on 5 April 2013:
On 28th February the Council’s Cabinet agreed a decision regarding sites that were suggested for consideration for inclusion in the emerging local plan.
However, this decision was called-in (a process which scrutinises the reasons behind the decision) and, following an initial call-in meeting on the 28th March, the Portfolio Holder for Planning has withdrawn the Cabinet’s decision. The reasons for this withdrawal are set out in the attached statement (ed. note: see HERE).
The Cabinet now intends to meet to consider a new decision regarding sites to be considered for inclusion in the plan. This decision notice is attached (ed. note: see HERE). The meeting is scheduled to take place on 15th April at 6.30pm and the agenda can be viewed here.
NEW DECISION NOTICE DRAFT: FINAL HOUSING NUMBER NOT YET KNOWN
The new draft ‘decision notice’ regarding sites for new housing states, in part, “Cabinet notes that the housing number is not yet agreed and is a provisional working hypothesis.”
It goes on to say that infrastructure and environmental assessment will be done on the proposed sites as well as “other category 1 sites that may be required as additions, alternatives or replacements…once the final housing number has been agreed.”
This latest draft decision notice lists site WHIT006/007 which is south of Bloswood Lane with 150 new homes; plus an additional 200 houses, for a total of 350 new houses – down from the 550 proposed in the original draft notice.
A review is proposed to take place in 2020 which will “evaluate the likely delivery of the Local Plan and, if necessary, to identify any new sites that may be required…”