Public to have say on planning blueprint as councillors agree draft for consultation

Published by Basingstoke and Deane on 26 Jul 2013


The blueprint that will guide development in the borough over the next 15 years has been agreed for public consultation.

At a meeting of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council last night (Thursday 25 July), councillors voted to approve the draft Local Plan, which is the set of policies and plans that will guide future planning decisions.

The plan identifies where new development will take place, how new jobs will be supported and how the environment of the borough will be protected and enhanced. It allows for 748 new homes per year to be built up to 2029 to meet the borough’s needs.

New home building is proposed to focus primarily on Basingstoke, where the need for housing is greatest and development can be supported by services and facilities. Lower levels of development have also been focused in the settlements of Bramley, Kingsclere, Oakley, Overton and Whitchurch. Previously-developed land and regeneration opportunities have been considered first to keep the use of greenfield sites as low as possible.

Greenfield housing sites proposed in the draft Local Plan are:

• Swing Swang Lane, Basingstoke for approximately 100 homes
• Kennel Farm, Basingstoke, for approximately 250 homes
• Razors Farm, Basingstoke for approximately 420 homes
• North of Popley Fields, Basingstoke for approximately 450 homes
• Overton Hill, Overton for approximately 120 homes
• South of Bloswood Lane, Whitchurch for approximately 150 homes
• Redlands, adjacent to Basingstoke for approximately 150 homes
• Cufaude Farm, adjacent to Basingstoke, for approximately 390 homes
• A site east of Basingstoke for approximately 900 homes
• Manydown, west of Basingstoke, for approximately 3,080 homes
• Basingstoke Golf Course, Basingstoke, for approximately 1,000 homes.

For some villages and towns, in addition to any specific sites, a number of new homes have been proposed and decisions on sites for these will be subject to further discussion locally and are likely to be brought forward through neighbourhood plans. These are:

• Bramley (approximately 200 homes);
• Kingsclere (approximately 50 homes);
• Oakley (approximately 150 homes);
• Overton (approximately 150 homes)
• and Whitchurch (200 homes).

Cabinet Member for Planning Cllr Mark Ruffell said:

“It is vital for the good of the borough as a whole, that we meet housing needs so that people who have grown up here can continue to live here. We know that the borough is a great place and that is why people will want to come here to work and live. We have decided on 748 new homes being built each year, based on expert evidence and having listened to previous representations by residents. The previous house building level that had been set by Central Government was 945 new homes per year.

“Taking decisions about where new housing development should go is never easy and we know that it will cause concern for some communities as they see new homes built on green fields. The sites that have been selected are those which their owners are promoting for development and are most likely to deliver the housing that is required.

“The plan will support our target of providing up to 300 affordable homes per year for the borough’s residents who are most in housing need.

“We have worked hard to come up with a balanced plan to support our borough’s future prosperity and protect our existing communities. It is important that we now move forward to have an adopted plan to guard against ‘planning by appeal’ with developers rather than us choosing sites. We now look forward to hearing from our residents through the consultation process on how we can improve the plan.”

The draft Local Plan also aims to support employment opportunities with proposals for a wide variety of businesses to maintain and strengthen the local economy in rural and urban areas, including the development of a 21st century business park at Basing View in Basingstoke, and looks at the infrastructure, such as roads, services and facilities, needed to support new development.

Consultation is set to start in August on the detailed document agreed at the meeting, with residents and other groups given the chance to comment until October. Exhibitions in locations across the borough are being planned for the consultation period, giving more information about the proposals and policies and how to respond to them.

Before it can be adopted the Local Plan will need to be considered by a planning inspector, who will hold a public inquiry. Comments made during the consultation will be considered prior to the final version of the plan being submitted to the inspector.

More information on the Local Plan, and the next stages in its adoption, is on the website: HERE


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