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Have your say on plan for 13,000 homes in Basingstoke and Deane
3:26pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Basingstoke
A DEADLINE has been set for residents have their say on the plan for 13,000 homes to be built in Basingstoke and Deane by 2029.
The chance to have a say on the draft Local Plan, the document that will guide planning decisions in the borough over the next 15 years, will remain open until Friday, October 4.
The plan will then be examined in public by a planning inspector and depending on what he or she rules, it will become council policy next March.
Once formally adopted the Local Plan will be the key document that will guide how all future planning applications will be determined. It details which sites are destined to be built on and contains policies on where new business premises, will be permitted.
There will be exhibitions during the consultation period at the following locations, giving more information about the proposals and policies and how to respond to them:
- Monday, September 9, from 2pm to 8pm at Oakley Village Hall, Andover Road, Oakley
- Wednesday, September 11, from 2pm to 8pm at Sherfield Park Community Centre, Sunwood Drive, Chineham
- Friday, September 13, from 2pm to 8pm at Bramley Village Hall, The Street, Bramley
- Monday, September 16, from 2pm to 8pm at Overton Community Centre, Winchester Street, Overton
- Tuesday, September 17, from 2pm to 8pm at Whitchurch Parish Hall, London Street, Whitchurch
- Wednesday, September 18, from 2pm to 8pm at the Ridgeway Centre, Blackdown Close, Buckskin, Basingstoke
- Friday, September 20, from 2pm to 8pm at the Fieldgate Centre, Fieldgate Drive, Kingsclere
- Monday, September 23, from 9am to 5pm at the Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke
The plan allows for 748 new homes per year to be built up to 2029 to meet the borough’s needs, primarily around 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. 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 as neighbourhood plans.
- Bramley for approximately 200 homes
- Kingsclere for approximately 50 homes
- Oakley for approximately 150 homes
- Overton for approximately 150 homes
- Whitchurch for 200 homes.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “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 move forward to have an adopted plan which will allow the council to control where development goes rather than being forced to accept proposals for other areas which are put forward by developers. We look forward to hearing from our residents through the consultation process on how we can improve the plan.”
As this is a ‘formal’ legal stage in the process of consultation any comments on the Local Plan must relate to whether it has been prepared in the right way and whether it is ‘sound’. Responses have to be submitted in a set way on a standard form, which is available online or from the council with guidance on how to fill it in.
The draft Local Plan along with detailed assessments, maps and supporting documents and an online response form are available at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/go/localplan. Copies of all the documents are also available to view at the Civic Offices and at all libraries in the borough. An information leaflet and printed response forms are available from the Parklands reception at the Civic Offices in London Road, Basingstoke or by calling 01256 844844.
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