The rejected plan had houses where the pub used to be (the railway station is to the left, Station Road is to the right)

Basingstoke & Deane’s Development Control Committee have rejected an application for five houses to be built on the site of the former Railway Hotel.

This followed comments to the Committee from Whitchurch Town Councillor Allan Vaughan and Borough Councillor Keith Watts.

As long ago as May 2011, the Town Council had objected to the plans, saying “The proposals are considered unacceptable as they do not comply with the existing Local Plan or follow guidelines for built environment in the Whitchurch Design Statement.”

The town council continued, “The area around the station is largely dominated by parked cars; this proposal will not enhance the existing situation in terms of visual amenity.  Development is not considered to successfully integrate with existing Victorian terraced housing nearby with their small front gardens facing onto street frontage.  Any parking should be concealed to rear of houses to enhance and not harm local character.”

Keith Watts said, “I accept the principle of housing on this site and I am content with the number and mix of houses and the building design.  I agree with the Town Council that the layout is unaceptable, retaining the look of a car park with houses behind it.”

The Railway Inn pub was demolished about 2 years ago (HERE) and permission was granted by B&DBC shortly afterwards to use the site as a temporary car park (HERE). The rejected application is BDB/74244 – The committee’s decision goes against the planning officer’s recommendation for its approval.

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