URGENT – Action needed now – Development threatens local wildlife reserve

Are you aware of the revised planning Application to build 24 houses on the piece of land behind Winchester Road / Lapwing Way? 

  • This proposed development will disrupt and isolate from the surrounding countryside one of only two local Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation in Four Marks
  • Even more traffic, on top of the new Medstead Farm Estate, will exit onto the A31 through the Meadowbrook Estate. 

We would like to enlist everyone in your household to oppose this proposal.  The deadline for objections is 26th November.

To help us:
  1. Register your Name and email(s) with the Barn Lane Action Group: barnlaneactiongroup.org
  2. Use the template letter supplied (TEMPLATE_SINC Internal build Planning Application 30800_007) to write your own objection to planningdev@easthants.gov.uk FAO Mr Jon Holmes. 
  3. Or post a comment on the EHDC website ( link ) using the “make a public comment” button.

This will only take a few minutes and if submitted by email or on-line will cost nothing.

Every member of your household can submit an objection.  

To have maximum impact you should, if time permits, personalise your letter as much as possible.  This means adding your own thoughts under the main headings supplied, perhaps using your favourite typeface(!), and generally making the letter as individual as possible, whilst sticking to the planning points indicated.

If this application is approved, traffic from another 24 houses will exit onto Lapwing Way and will negotiate Lapwing / Goldcrest Way in order to reach the A31.  This traffic will be IN ADDITION to the traffic from Medstead Farm (110 properties) once completed.  
If both Medstead Farm and the SINC are completed then traffic on exiting onto the A31 from the Meadowbrook Estate will increase by nearly 80% over current levels. 
 A valuable local wildlife refuge will be seriously threatened; most of it will simply be concreted over.  Please help us to prevent yet more development and traffic on your doorstep
Please ACT NOW. Remember the deadline is 26th November 2014

Help stop Bargate Homes appeal for land north of Boyneswood Road(51 units)

Fight 4 Four Marks and the Neighbourhood Planning Group have alerted us to this Appeal by Bargate Homes against the refusal of planning permission for their development on the land north of Boyneswood Road (51 units). The documentation is here.

This appeal is the first (of many we suspect) against EHDC’s very sensible position that  the number of granted planning applications is already over the minimum (191  vs. 175) identified in the Joint Core Strategy for 2011-2028. If it fails it will discourage other developers from appealing or submitting applications we hope.

It is very important that the Inspector understands the depth of local feeling about the feeding frenzy of developers trying to build new houses in Four Marks and Medstead. This is best shown by turning up in force!!  If we can fill the hall at 10:00 am when the Hearing starts we will make  our point to the Inspector. Although the hearing is likely to last all day we understand people may have to leave after half an hour / hour as they cannot stay due to other commitments.

The Public Hearing starts at 10:00 am next Tuesday 11th November at Alton Community Centre (by the car park next to the library) – and people are asked to get there by 09:45 latest.

We will be there and we hope to see you there as well.

Many thanks

Barn Lane Action Group

David Wilson Homes Planning Application – planning committee minutes

The planning committee meeting minutes for the 9th October have now been published and can be seen here  (Minutes 09-10-2014 Planning Committee).

The developer’s agent tried to justify the development using these arguments (which will no doubt be repeated in the event of an appeal against the refusal decision). His comments with our reaction are below:

  • The Council had adopted LIPS. In Four Marks, this was confirmed as the public’s most preferred site – We have already pointed out the many flaws in the LIPS consultation exercise but we can expect the developer to choose to ignore anything that doesn’t support their case.
  • There was a new water main on Winchester Road and there was also high speed broadband. Thames Water had advised them of the manhole they would need to connect to; – well that’s all right then! What about sewerage, electricity, traffic etc.?
  • No objections had been made by any statutory consultees – The statutory consultees have a “siloed” tick box approach to planning applications, are overworked by the sheer volume of developer’s proposals, and totally ignore the cumulative impact of development. District and Parish councils clearly don’t think that the cumulative impact of all the proposed development is sustainable.
  • There would be a sports pitch and adult fitness trail. There would also be a scout hut which would be of benefit – from the minutes “The Parish Council was concerned that the developer had held meetings with limited community groups and had muted promises about future funding for projects directly to those groups. The parish council felt this very underhand and wished to distance itself from this sort of behaviour.”
  • This was a unique opportunity – for the developer to make a shed load of money  at the expense of nature conservancy and the long suffering residents of Four Marks.