Town council U-turn on development in Alresford

The council will meet tomorrow after a string of public meetings and exhibitions.

The council will meet tomorrow after a string of public meetings and exhibitions.

First published in Winchester Andover Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

TOWN councillors have ‘U-turned’ and are set to support plans to build nearly 400 homes on farmland on the edge of Alresford.

After a string of meetings and exhibitions, some forced by public pressure, the council will meet tomorrow (TUES) to debate endorsing the proposal for development off Sun Lane.

Winchester City Council's Local Plan Part One requires 500 new homes in Alresford between 2011 and 2031, and 386 are yet to be allocated.

On May 27 a 500-strong meeting saw residents slam the plans, forcing a public exhibition of alternative options and a further public meeting on July 18.

The move is a U-turn from May’s meeting, where most councillors agreed to reconsider their views and chairman, Lisa Griffiths, said: “Our job is to represent your views. So that is what we will do.”

Today she said: “We certainly said we would put up an alternative and see if there was a better solution, but we don’t see that there is a better solution. The feedback that we have everybody is very reluctant and nobody wants to do it, but it has to go somewhere and we don’t have an alternative that we feel is better.”

The new ideas would spread the development across the town, including west of New Farm Road and north of The Avenue.

It would still include 150 homes at Sun Lane, reduce the amount of open space, and have no provision for a new burial ground or industry.

A statement on the town council’s website reads: “After reviewing all the comments received, the town council is now minded to endorse the resolution it passed earlier this year in favour of the Sun Lane site. This is further strengthened by our discussions with Winchester City Council. We feel that the council should now focus on the way forward.”

The council is set to oppose vehicle access from the new development onto Sun Lane, a gypsy and traveller site adjacent to Sun Lane and development on any other land marked available for housing.

It will also campaign for access to the bypass to be built before any construction work, increased parking and amenity space for Sun Hill Schools, a buffer zone at least 50m wide on the parish boundary from the railway line down to Whitehill Lane to limit further expansion to the east and to protect existing housing with a detailed plan to safeguard them from flooding.

The website reads: “A comprehensive traffic plan is key to the entire project and we are sure that residents will engage with the developers during September when they plan to hold workshops to hear your views and suggestions on how they can mitigate the problems the extra traffic will bring to the town that we wish to safeguard.”

The meeting will be held at the town council offices at Alrebury Park tomorrow (July 29) at 7.30pm.

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1:46pm Tue 29 Jul 14

WinchesterLocal says...

Alresford is currently in the rather unfortunate position of having a town council that is completely separated from the vast majority of residents. That doesn't seem to be healthy situation, but it's one that the town councillors are apparently unable, or unwilling, to deal with.
Alresford is currently in the rather unfortunate position of having a town council that is completely separated from the vast majority of residents. That doesn't seem to be healthy situation, but it's one that the town councillors are apparently unable, or unwilling, to deal with. WinchesterLocal
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4:04pm Tue 29 Jul 14

AlresfordatHeart says...

Was it really a U-turn? Did they ever have the intention of looking at alternatives?
Was it really a U-turn? Did they ever have the intention of looking at alternatives? AlresfordatHeart
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7:51pm Tue 29 Jul 14

PaulKennedy says...

This report is not fair to Alresford Town Council (Alresford Town Council). It is at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to planning decisions and central government, Winchester City Council and Planning Inspectorate decisions leave it with little room to manoeuvre.

There was an important detail left out of the report in last week’s Chronicle. Alresford Town Council had issued questionnaires to residents of the town. At the public meeting on 18 July Town Councillor Anne Saunders said that the bulk of the responses gave grudging acceptance of the proposal to develop the Sun Lane site. Did your reporter check with Alresford Town Council before writing her article?

Around 18 months ago the Chronicle quoted me saying at a previous public meeting that if people did not like the idea of developing this site they needed to come up with something better instead. Nobody has.
This report is not fair to Alresford Town Council (Alresford Town Council). It is at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to planning decisions and central government, Winchester City Council and Planning Inspectorate decisions leave it with little room to manoeuvre. There was an important detail left out of the report in last week’s Chronicle. Alresford Town Council had issued questionnaires to residents of the town. At the public meeting on 18 July Town Councillor Anne Saunders said that the bulk of the responses gave grudging acceptance of the proposal to develop the Sun Lane site. Did your reporter check with Alresford Town Council before writing her article? Around 18 months ago the Chronicle quoted me saying at a previous public meeting that if people did not like the idea of developing this site they needed to come up with something better instead. Nobody has. PaulKennedy
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8:08pm Tue 29 Jul 14

WinchesterLocal says...

At the public meeting on 18 July, it was also stated that the questionnaire was only circulated following a biased 'exhibition', which was little more than a marketing exercise by the town council.

No figures were given on the number of responses received, the 'consultation' following the 'exhibition' had not even closed and I would suggest that it's dubious, at best, for councillors to be making announcements based on responses elicited from their biased, by their own admission, material.

The latest in a long catalogue of errors. I do, however, agree that they are in need of help from planning professionals.
At the public meeting on 18 July, it was also stated that the questionnaire was only circulated following a biased 'exhibition', which was little more than a marketing exercise by the town council. No figures were given on the number of responses received, the 'consultation' following the 'exhibition' had not even closed and I would suggest that it's dubious, at best, for councillors to be making announcements based on responses elicited from their biased, by their own admission, material. The latest in a long catalogue of errors. I do, however, agree that they are in need of help from planning professionals. WinchesterLocal
  • Score: 1

10:51pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Mattsfarm01 says...

WinchesterLocal wrote:
Alresford is currently in the rather unfortunate position of having a town council that is completely separated from the vast majority of residents. That doesn't seem to be healthy situation, but it's one that the town councillors are apparently unable, or unwilling, to deal with.
Lisa griffiths apparently was against a development near her house just outside alresford near long barn, margot power just doesnt want to know and all the councillers should be sacked because i was at this meeting, and they either gave no comment or all gave the same awnser. They are not representing us, they just all want to be MP's !
[quote][p][bold]WinchesterLocal[/bold] wrote: Alresford is currently in the rather unfortunate position of having a town council that is completely separated from the vast majority of residents. That doesn't seem to be healthy situation, but it's one that the town councillors are apparently unable, or unwilling, to deal with.[/p][/quote]Lisa griffiths apparently was against a development near her house just outside alresford near long barn, margot power just doesnt want to know and all the councillers should be sacked because i was at this meeting, and they either gave no comment or all gave the same awnser. They are not representing us, they just all want to be MP's ! Mattsfarm01
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10:57pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Mattsfarm01 says...

PaulKennedy wrote:
This report is not fair to Alresford Town Council (Alresford Town Council). It is at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to planning decisions and central government, Winchester City Council and Planning Inspectorate decisions leave it with little room to manoeuvre.

There was an important detail left out of the report in last week’s Chronicle. Alresford Town Council had issued questionnaires to residents of the town. At the public meeting on 18 July Town Councillor Anne Saunders said that the bulk of the responses gave grudging acceptance of the proposal to develop the Sun Lane site. Did your reporter check with Alresford Town Council before writing her article?

Around 18 months ago the Chronicle quoted me saying at a previous public meeting that if people did not like the idea of developing this site they needed to come up with something better instead. Nobody has.
A. We have no choice B. The councillers seem not to be represting us and C. You fight for what you want to preserve, not runaway this is a democracy for Sake
[quote][p][bold]PaulKennedy[/bold] wrote: This report is not fair to Alresford Town Council (Alresford Town Council). It is at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to planning decisions and central government, Winchester City Council and Planning Inspectorate decisions leave it with little room to manoeuvre. There was an important detail left out of the report in last week’s Chronicle. Alresford Town Council had issued questionnaires to residents of the town. At the public meeting on 18 July Town Councillor Anne Saunders said that the bulk of the responses gave grudging acceptance of the proposal to develop the Sun Lane site. Did your reporter check with Alresford Town Council before writing her article? Around 18 months ago the Chronicle quoted me saying at a previous public meeting that if people did not like the idea of developing this site they needed to come up with something better instead. Nobody has.[/p][/quote]A. We have no choice B. The councillers seem not to be represting us and C. You fight for what you want to preserve, not runaway this is a democracy for Sake Mattsfarm01
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10:58pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Mattsfarm01 says...

WinchesterLocal wrote:
At the public meeting on 18 July, it was also stated that the questionnaire was only circulated following a biased 'exhibition', which was little more than a marketing exercise by the town council.

No figures were given on the number of responses received, the 'consultation' following the 'exhibition' had not even closed and I would suggest that it's dubious, at best, for councillors to be making announcements based on responses elicited from their biased, by their own admission, material.

The latest in a long catalogue of errors. I do, however, agree that they are in need of help from planning professionals.
Agreed
[quote][p][bold]WinchesterLocal[/bold] wrote: At the public meeting on 18 July, it was also stated that the questionnaire was only circulated following a biased 'exhibition', which was little more than a marketing exercise by the town council. No figures were given on the number of responses received, the 'consultation' following the 'exhibition' had not even closed and I would suggest that it's dubious, at best, for councillors to be making announcements based on responses elicited from their biased, by their own admission, material. The latest in a long catalogue of errors. I do, however, agree that they are in need of help from planning professionals.[/p][/quote]Agreed Mattsfarm01
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