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behind the decision) and, following an initial call-in meeting on the 28th March, the Portfolio Holder for Planning has withdrawn the Cabinet’s decision.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.


The fields south of Testbourne.

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…”

Comments (4)

  • Keith Watts

    We have yet to pore over the details in the Report and say what we think at the Cabinet meeting now arranged for 15th April but overall this looks like a victory for the Whitchurch people who signed petitions or came to Basingstoke for the previous meetings.

  • Penny Spooner

    It would certainly be very refreshing to think that the people affected by these decisions have been listened to – we will wait and see and live in hope.

  • Keith Watts

    Now that I have studied the proposed new Decision Notice in detail it is clear that this is merely postponing decisions, not reinstating the previous recommendatons for Whitchurch.

    I withdrew the Call-in because it would have caused a minimum of two months delay in the entire Local Plan for Basingstoke & Deane which would have served nobody’s interests.

    One of the reasons given by the Cabinet Member for allocating an extra 200 house to be built in Whitchurch in the next 15 years was “strident opposition to development from the north and east of Basingstoke”. The lesson is that people from Whitchurch and Overton are too quiet and polite to get the attention of the ruling Group on the Council.

    I will be speaking at the Cabinet meeting next Monday, 15th April. I hope there will be some vocal support from the public for two principles, no more that 350 new homes in Whitchurch, and local people should decide where they will be sited.

  • climo

    The battle is far from over it seems.
    This is not a reversal of the decision but merely a postponement of the decision.

    BDBC have been presented with a comprehensive & factual argument against the extra 200 houses. I believe that no one has stood up in public & supported the extra houses.

    The BDBC should be ashamed at their behaviour but they are incapable of such an emotion.

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