Whitchurch Councillor Keith Watts has written a full response to the report that will be considered at the meeting of Basingstoke & Deane’s Cabinet on Tuesday (see below). He opposes the retention of a strip of land 20 metres wide for a possible future road and writes “My reasons for this are that the retention of a strip of land 20 metres wide:
- would be a breach of trust with the people who took part in the ballot “save a space for me” organised by Fields in Trust.
- is unnecessary because there are other access points to the Council’s adjacent land labelled WHIT10a in the SHLAA and, in the long term, development of the land could take advantage of a relief road for Micheldever Road provided by the development of SHLAA site WHIT18.
- is foolish because development using an access across the QEII Field from Alliston Way will never be approved by the community under the Localism agenda.
Keith Watts adds that there is a much better plan in the long term, making use of a new relief road for Micheldever Road that can be started soon as part of a developent south of Testbourne School, as envisaged on this illustration.
Keith’s full written response can be read here.