Happy Christmas to you

1431738_89324925We wish everybody in Four Marks and Medstead a very Happy Christmas and look forward to working with you next year to stop unsustainable development and protect our local wildlife.

Next year is going to be another challenging series of planning applications and appeals as Four Marks is “basically
‘under siege’” because of an “‘open season’ attitude for developers” – a quote from the Parish Council in a recent Parliamentary Report on NPPF published by the Government just before Christmas (a classic way to bury a critical report).

On the positive side we understand that good progress is being made on both the Neighbourhood Plan and EHDC’s Local Plan which are our best (only) hopes, under the current Government’s policy, of stopping developers making vast profits at the expense of countryside and wildlife.

You are all fantastic and we wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year.


stop press – sinc planning committee deferred to the new year

Dear Sir/Madam

Proposal: Outline application – Residential development of up to 24 dwellings, new vehicular and pedestrian access off Lapwing Way and new pedestrian/cycle path link to Winchester Road. Internal access roads and car parking including garages, public open space, drainage, landscaping and other associated works

Site: Land Rear of, 131 Winchester Road, Four Marks, Alton

Further to my letter dated 10 December 2014, this item has now been withdrawn from the Planning Committee meeting on the 18 December 2014, to reassess our analysis of the application in light of the implications arising from the recent appeal decision at Boyneswood Lane, Four Marks. You will be advised when this application is considered at a later date.

Yours faithfully

Chris Murray

Service Manager Planning Development

Planning Committee decide on SINC planning application on 18th December

If you were one of the many people who sent in an objection to the planning application for 24 houses on the land to the rear of 131 Winchester Road (i.e., the SINC site) then THANK YOU.

The planning application is being heard at the Planning Committee meeting at 6pm on 18th December at EHDC’s offices at Penns Place, Petersfield. Please come along to let the Committee know how you feel and support Maurice Shakespeare, as our local “objector” spokesperson, and our parish + district councilors in getting this application refused.

Maurice and his wife Jill have been working hard to document the impact that recent and planned development is having on wildlife in the village and in particular on the SINCs (Sites of Importance to Nature Conservation) containing badger sets and protected species such as the hazel dormouse. The following images they have supplied graphically show how development is being allowed to surround and suffocate this wildlife.

5a. Ref A to Annex A - Fig 2.email_Four Marks countryside c1995 with SINC (c2000) overlay_Countryside features The next image shows how the Meadowbrook Estate (A) and the Medstead Farm Estate (B) have cut the SINC and associated land (C) off from the open countryside. The new houses approved in Gloucester Close (D) and the 21 houses being applied for next to the SINC (C) will choke any remaining life in the SINC behind 131 Winchester Road.

6a. Ref A to Annex A - Fig 3.email_Four Marks countryside c1995 with SINC (c2000) overlay_Post Dev details

Future potential development next to Barns Lane (E) and west of the village (H)  will isolate the other SINC behind Bishops View / Kingswood Rise from open countryside endangering the significant colony of dormice living in the hazel coppice woodland.

We will return to the question as to why the organisations given responsibility for protecting wildlife by Government don’t seem to raise any objection (even provide encouragement?) to this urbanisation of the countryside.