Very many thanks to all of you who posted letters, emailed or put comments onto the EHDC planning website. In the end over 250 objections were recorded which shows the strength of feeling against this appalling development. The comments are here: ‘planning application‘
What happens next?
The public consultation period has closed but the case officer, Mr Nick Upton, now has to assess the results of the public consultation and will continue to receive input from other consultees (one of which is the Highways Development Planning Department).
Because of the number and strength of objection it is highly likely (we understand) that the application will go to the District Planning Committee rather than being decided by the Planning Department.
A site visit will be arranged for the District Planning Committee – we will let you know as soon as the date is announced but these visits normally happen on a Friday.
Sometime after the visit there will be a District Planning Committee meeting where a decision will be made.
What can you do now?
If you want to do more then we would ask you to:
- As soon as possible, write to Highways Development Planning at Hampshire County Council to explain why this development of 136 houses with a single access onto the A31 will be unsafe and cause even more disruption to traffic. For example, site access junction, speed and volume of traffic on A31, pedestrian safety and any other concerns. The risk is that they will accept the developer’s case so they need to hear your view. Please contact Gemma McCormick by email firstname.lastname@example.org
or by letter at:
Highways development planning
Hampshire County Council
- We need as many people as possible to attend the site visit to let the District Planning Committee hear your concerns and objections first hand. As soon as we know the date we will put it up on this website – so please keep checking!
- Give us your email address – if you would like to be updated by email on the latest news then please send us your email address using our contact form. We will only use your email address to send you news when something significant happens.
East Hampshire District Council are holding a Community Forum meeting in Medstead Village Hall at 6.30pm on 22nd April 2014..
The Joint Core Strategy, drawn up with the South Downs National Park as a blueprint for development in the district until 2028 – has set the numbers of homes to be built in the district and broad locations.
The next stage – the Housing Allocations Plan – will determine the sites where these homes will be built.
This part of the process is expected to take up to 18 months and will identify which sites are the most sustainable for development. The Community Forum will explain what has happened so far, what will happen next and how residents can get involved.
Cllr Ken Carter, EHDC Portfolio Holder for Communities, said:
“It’s your forum, it’s your opinions and views that matter and I hope we will get a good crowd ready to find out more and take part.”
This is your opportunity to let EHDC what you think about their plans for development in Four Marks and Medstead, and your strong objection to the proposed David Wilson Homes development outside the settlement boundary to the west of Four Marks next to Barn Lane.
Thank you. We hope to see you there!
20 years ago Four Marks was a medium sized village straddling the A31 and centred on the old railway station, village shops and the Windmill Pub. Since then there has been large scale residential building concreting over what used to be open fields between the A31 and the railway line and to the south of the road. Development eastwards along the Shrave has now run up against protected woodland. The South Downs National Park is to the south and the developers are now focusing all their attention on the western side of the village.
There is now a planning application to develop 136 houses in the field outlined in blue on the map. This is outside the settlement boundary and extends the ribbon development westwards along the A31 to the parish boundary and towards Ropley. The next expansion of the ribbon development would be down Soke Hill towards Ropley Soke.
The current weak planning controls are allowing developers to propose bad development in the wrong place and threaten beautiful rural countryside. Settlement boundaries should be exactly that and development along the A31 merging one village into another should not be allowed.