Chineham residents to get a chance to view new homes plan

Andover Advertiser: Chineham residents to get a chance to view new homes plan Chineham residents to get a chance to view new homes plan

PLANS to build 150 new homes in Chineham will go on display next week.

Pal Properties Limited and Savills plan to submit an application to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for outline planning permission to build up to 150 new homes on land at the edge of Hampshire International Business Park, in Crockford Lane.

A public exhibition, which will provide details on how the development could come forward and details on the layout, housing mix, landscaping and highway access, will now be held at the Christ Church, in Reading Road, Chineham next Wednesday between 3pm and 8pm.

Comments made at the exhibition will then be used as part of the future planning permission to be submitted to the borough council.

According to Pal Properties and Savills, the land being proposed for a site for the new homes has been marketed as office space but has received little or no interest to date.

A spokesman for Savills said: “The proposals for the land known as Aurum, has been born out of the proposed removal of the land from the employment designation at the business park by the borough council, and following extensive marketing of the land for an employment use.

“These initial proposals for a residential development will be on display at a public consultation event to be held on July 9 from 3pm to 8pm at the Christ Church, in Chineham.”

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3:30pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Max Headroom says...

It's a tough one. On the one hand, Basingstoke needs additional housing at prices affordable to young people and families. I'm a young, married professional working at the nearby business park, and me and my wife can't even afford even the most run-down terraced house in South Ham at current prices. Having new, affordable properties close to the business park would help us set down roots in Chineham and Basingstoke.

On the other hand, I can understand concerns about how close the houses are to the gas bottling facility at the top end of the business park, and how much congestion this'll add to Hanmore Road and the already busy Business park. The developer will need to address these concerns.

As for the arguments about strains on the doctors surgery, Four Lanes School etc, that's going to be an issue regardless of where at the houses are built, so there's no easy solution other than building a new doctors surgery or improving access to other nearby primary schools in Popley.

Young people are being priced out of the property market and being left in the hands of (some, not all) unscrupulous Landlords. Please try and think with a level head on these plans, and please, please don't resort to NIMBYism.
It's a tough one. On the one hand, Basingstoke needs additional housing at prices affordable to young people and families. I'm a young, married professional working at the nearby business park, and me and my wife can't even afford even the most run-down terraced house in South Ham at current prices. Having new, affordable properties close to the business park would help us set down roots in Chineham and Basingstoke. On the other hand, I can understand concerns about how close the houses are to the gas bottling facility at the top end of the business park, and how much congestion this'll add to Hanmore Road and the already busy Business park. The developer will need to address these concerns. As for the arguments about strains on the doctors surgery, Four Lanes School etc, that's going to be an issue regardless of where at the houses are built, so there's no easy solution other than building a new doctors surgery or improving access to other nearby primary schools in Popley. Young people are being priced out of the property market and being left in the hands of (some, not all) unscrupulous Landlords. Please try and think with a level head on these plans, and please, please don't resort to NIMBYism. Max Headroom
  • Score: 11

8:45am Thu 3 Jul 14

Juliepinkem says...

Comments above agreed. The doctors is much of a concern its is now a normal to not be able to get an appointment for two weeks and having more patients in the area will cause longer waits and possible inpact on the A&E department. Plus the concern of where the traffic will be diverted along the central roads through Chineham is a concern I already struggle at times to get out of my road due to business park traffic coming through chineham. I think there is a case to look at ensuring new houses DO NOT impact on those homes who already in the area. Building houses here there and everywhere is only causing more problems. The A33 going past Tescos roundabout is already getting extremely busy in the mornings and I think this also needs to be appreciated. There are plenty of homes empty in the area lets try to upgrade these and fill them before we start filling up any spare piece of land with more.
Comments above agreed. The doctors is much of a concern its is now a normal to not be able to get an appointment for two weeks and having more patients in the area will cause longer waits and possible inpact on the A&E department. Plus the concern of where the traffic will be diverted along the central roads through Chineham is a concern I already struggle at times to get out of my road due to business park traffic coming through chineham. I think there is a case to look at ensuring new houses DO NOT impact on those homes who already in the area. Building houses here there and everywhere is only causing more problems. The A33 going past Tescos roundabout is already getting extremely busy in the mornings and I think this also needs to be appreciated. There are plenty of homes empty in the area lets try to upgrade these and fill them before we start filling up any spare piece of land with more. Juliepinkem
  • Score: 6

12:01pm Fri 4 Jul 14

JJ38JJ says...

Whilst I sympathise with working families who cannot afford the first rung on the property ladder I do have trouble getting my mind around the idea that there is a lack of housing. When you look at the amount of development in Basingstoke over the last 20 to 30 years it is way above the percentage increase in the national population over the same period whether that be by natural means (birth rate and people living longer) or net immigration.
The problem must therefore be in the movement of people within the UK (they are actually demolishing whole estates 'up north') or the makeup of the average household (more people getting divorced, living alone, etc.).
Both these things are national problems that need to be tackled by central government. Jobs should be created across the UK, not just in the southeast. And tax breaks should be given to families to encourage people to actually fill up existing houses.
IMO not a single new property should be built anywhere (not just my back yard) until an assessment of available local amenities and services is carried out in each case.
Whilst I sympathise with working families who cannot afford the first rung on the property ladder I do have trouble getting my mind around the idea that there is a lack of housing. When you look at the amount of development in Basingstoke over the last 20 to 30 years it is way above the percentage increase in the national population over the same period whether that be by natural means (birth rate and people living longer) or net immigration. The problem must therefore be in the movement of people within the UK (they are actually demolishing whole estates 'up north') or the makeup of the average household (more people getting divorced, living alone, etc.). Both these things are national problems that need to be tackled by central government. Jobs should be created across the UK, not just in the southeast. And tax breaks should be given to families to encourage people to actually fill up existing houses. IMO not a single new property should be built anywhere (not just my back yard) until an assessment of available local amenities and services is carried out in each case. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 7

10:10pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Jo Walke says...

I'm afraid that if people expect new housing to be 'affordable' they would be barking up the wrong tree. They should also be made aware that criteria/waiting lists/subsidised buy options are often long & then found to be not affordable - by those for whom originally implimented.

The other reality that drives most people nuts is the fact that planning obligations/mitigati
ons for new development rarely does mitigate to any satisfaction.
Clearly there are issues now becoming realised by many residents who were not before switched on to what increased local housing would mean - beyond the loss of greenfield sites.
Schools are packed, Drs & A&E become overwhelmed, Pharmacies struggle to cope, Options for the youth are strained, roads congested, shops both busy & expensive.

There are newer communities - such as Taylor's Farm - where schools, shops & roads promised have not materialised. There are existing communities such as Chineham, Popley, Buckskin, South View, South Ham, Kempshott, Overton, Whitchurch who have seen, indeed undergoing, great changes which equally impact on these establised communities - if not more so.

Hopefully sense will prevail and speculative development throughout the borough will be met at best with ironclad refusal and at the very least with exceptional resistance.
What Basingstoke needs is a water tight local plan so all locals, new & old, know what to expect within the term of this next plan and mitigation measures which exceed the baseline are properly in place for the benefit of all.
I'm afraid that if people expect new housing to be 'affordable' they would be barking up the wrong tree. They should also be made aware that criteria/waiting lists/subsidised buy options are often long & then found to be not affordable - by those for whom originally implimented. The other reality that drives most people nuts is the fact that planning obligations/mitigati ons for new development rarely does mitigate to any satisfaction. Clearly there are issues now becoming realised by many residents who were not before switched on to what increased local housing would mean - beyond the loss of greenfield sites. Schools are packed, Drs & A&E become overwhelmed, Pharmacies struggle to cope, Options for the youth are strained, roads congested, shops both busy & expensive. There are newer communities - such as Taylor's Farm - where schools, shops & roads promised have not materialised. There are existing communities such as Chineham, Popley, Buckskin, South View, South Ham, Kempshott, Overton, Whitchurch who have seen, indeed undergoing, great changes which equally impact on these establised communities - if not more so. Hopefully sense will prevail and speculative development throughout the borough will be met at best with ironclad refusal and at the very least with exceptional resistance. What Basingstoke needs is a water tight local plan so all locals, new & old, know what to expect within the term of this next plan and mitigation measures which exceed the baseline are properly in place for the benefit of all. Jo Walke
  • Score: 4

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