UPDATE – Planning application coming to EDHC Planning Committee

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a peaceful countryside walk ….. but for how long?

David Wilson Homes (DWH) are seeking permission to build on the Barn Lane site. The proposed development will link directly with Meadowbrook (Barratts) and Brislands Lane. If permission is granted, we fear there is a real danger that ‘urban sprawl’ will spread rapidly down the hill towards Ropley. In our opinion this would be a disaster for both villages.

At a more local level, residents of Four Marks would no longer be able to enjoy country walks along Barn Lane. Instead, they would find themselves admiring one of the largest high-density housing estates in East Hampshire. How can unchecked urban sprawl, wholly outside the Settlement Policy Boundary, be considered part of a sustainable future for Four Marks?

Please put Thursday 18th September 2014 [6.30pm] in your diary. We understand that this application is not going to be on the 18th September agenda but should be on the 9th October agenda. The Committee usually meets at the EHDC offices at Penns Place, Petersfield. The agenda should appear here a week before the meeting.

It is important that there is a strong show of support  for refusing this application on the day. This will show councillors the strength of local feeling against this massive development.

We understood, initially, that the DWH application was to come in front of the Committee in late July, but there have been several delays. We are aware that a meeting took place between DWH and a local scout group. Apparently an agenda item was to discuss possible financial support for a new scout hut! We are sure DWH do not need reminding that EHDC has specific guidelines and  process for managing developer contributions towards local infrastructure. Unacceptable planning applications cannot be made acceptable through ‘out of proportion’ developer contributions.

All involved should be operating within well-established guidelines. Transparency is key. We urge the whole village to watch developments with keen interest; please do let us know if you hear any further relevant news.