New homes survey shows support for enlarging small towns and villages
2,418 people responded to the Borough Council’s recent consultation on how many new homes are needed and where in Basingstoke & Deane. Only 129 of those were from Whitchurch.
Most people (59%) said that new houses should be built in “smaller developments across the whole district creating extensions to Towns and Villages”, the rest saying that housing developments should be on the outskirts of Basingstoke town. Speaking at the meeting that was shown these responses, Liberal Democrat Councillor Keith Watts said “this was not a referendum so is not binding and as elected representatives we have to exercise our judgement.
“The people who replied to the consultation selected themselves. At the same time, a survey was conducted by professional Market Researchers that showed only 38% of people want development dispersed to small places like Whitchurch while 53% want new houses built on the outskirts of Basingstoke.”
FOUR GREEN FIELD SITES…
Consultants working for Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council have looked at four green field sites listed by Council planners as ‘suitable for house building’ to advise how damaging such developments would be to the local landscape .
Ranking landscape capacity on a scale from Low to High (where LOW means most damaging), the consultants have ranked the sites as follows: Land behind The Knowlings MEDIUM/HIGH Land between Bloswood Lane and Park View MEDIUM Land between Bloswood Lane and Andover Road along the edge of the bypass A34 MEDIUM Land on London Road from The Gables down to the River Test MEDIUM/LOW.
Whitchurch Councillor Keith Watts says “this work should have been done before labelling any fields as ‘suitable for housing development’. I will use these results to argue once again for The Gables site to be taken off this list. “We have yet to see any professional study of the highway access and road noise problems affecting the other three fields.”