The owner of temporary car park site, formerly the Railway Inn pub, has appealed to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government after their application plan for housing was refused by Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council.
Lochailort Investments Ltd’s applied for five houses to be built on the site of the former Railway Inn. The site is currently a temporary car park that initially charged £2.50 per day, and is now £5 per day, every day. In contrast, the station itself charges £3.50 per day, but just £1 on Saturdays, and nothing on Sundays.
The housing application was refused by B&DBC in February because it “does not respect the predominant character, street pattern and positive attributes of the area…”
B&DBC also stated, “the proposed development does not make adequate provision for infrastructure contributions in relation to open space, community facilities, playing fields and play areas/recreation.”
Whitchurch Town Councillor Allan Vaughan and Borough Councillor Keith Watts spoke at the planning meeting where the application was being debated last February – see our story on that HERE.
Lochailort submitted their grounds of appeal in March. Now, the company is appealing to the national government to have the decision reversed.
Lochailort’s grounds of appeal state that “there is no predominant character [in the area… and] there is nothing of special or consistent character that should be respected and that the layout is appropriate in all respects.”
The company also states that “the concerns raised by Whitchurch Town Council are unfounded and that District Councillors have been unduly influenced by Town Councillors in their decision-making…”
NEW APPLICATION ON MONDAY?
Lochailort is to be at Monday’s Town Council’s Development Committee meeting (Town Hall 7:30pm – open to the public) to present a possible proposal for another housing application for the site.
The B&DBC statement on the appeal case will be published on or after 16 May 2012. The appeal decision will be announced later.
The rejected application is BDB/74244 – see story HERE. The grounds of appeal from March are HERE (pdf). The Railway Inn pub was demolished 2 years ago (HERE) and permission was granted by B&DBC shortly afterwards to use the site as a temporary car park (HERE).