Category Archives: BARN LANE SITE

LOCAL PLAN CONSULTATION CLOSES TUESDAY!

The consultation period ends at 5pm on Tuesday 19th March. This is your best chance of influencing house building in Four Marks between now and 2036. Please take it!

EHDC’s objective in setting the Local Plan is to fix, as far as possible, housing and traveller permissions for the next 17 years through having a legally defensible 5 year supply of building land; stopping developer’s speculative proposals and also stopping any future local objections to building through having “consulted” with you now.

IF YOU DON’T OBJECT NOW THEN YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CHANCE FOR 17 YEARS!

Our issues with the Local Plan start with the Interim Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal. Under “Appraisal of the plan as a whole” 9.128 it states that: Broadly, housing growth is well distributed, largely avoiding over concentrations at settlements which have had seen most significant recent growth (particularly Four Marks and Clanfield).. and indeed Four Marks has! A House of Commons review described it as “under siege” from developers in 2014/15.

Despite this – the paper describes four “options” and then goes on to recommend Option 4 which is “max growth” in Four Marks. It then selects the largest potential site, 150 houses at Barn Lane, available in Four Marks. It seems that EHDC planners and the Council are determined to stuff Four Marks yet again!

There are lots of challenges that can be made to this document that underpins the Local Plan. Why for option 4 did they include a “max growth” scenario for Four Marks and take the lowest growth scenario for Alton ( 455 houses vs – high growth 1460 houses). Alton is far more suitable having rail links, employment and town centre shopping?

Moving onto the Local Plan itself – the site is put forward as being suitable for residential purposes. However it is on the edge of the village, outside the existing settlement boundary and has many disadvantages that resulted in the planning application being refused in 2014. See the posts on this site for details!

PLEASE OBJECT ONLINE OR BY EMAIL TO localplan@easthants.gov.uk

THANK YOU – BLAG

STOP PRESS – EHDC Local Plan Consultation

EHDC is currently reviewing their Local Plan and are consulting with the public to get their views. The consultation period runs from 5 February to 19 March and will include ten drop-in sessions around the district.

The drop in session for Four Marks is being held at Medstead Village Hall, Roedowns Road, Medstead, GU34 5LG on Friday 8 March 15:30 – 20:30.

We encourage you to drop in to “be consulted” and understand what EHDC have planned for you! More details on their consultation portal https://easthants.jdi-consult.net/localplan/

We will be providing our view on the plan in the near future ……..(once we’ve managed to read it all!)

2016 – 2017 update / watchful waiting

Barn Lane Action Group (BLAG) thank you all for your magnificent efforts in 2014. You firmly established with EHDC the strength of local concern about building on Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) and outside the settlement boundary of the village. As a campaign group we remain fully committed to protect the Barn Lane field and the two local SINCs into the future.

  • The field forms a beautiful rural edge to Four Marks village and, with the SINCs, safe havens for endangered wild life. Within the immediate area of the village, the field is one of the few remaining easily accessible ‘countryside’ vistas.
  • For the moment it appears that the threat from developers has reduced. EHDC seeem to have established a credible position on land supply which has enabled them to defeat developers’ appeals.
  • But while we hope for the best, the proposed changes to local administration within East Hampshire and the wider Solent area may prove to be a concern.
  • We also note the relentless rise in the UK population and the consequent demand for more houses. Supporters of the countryside and the rural way of life need to remain vigilant and supportive of further action.

Should any further attempt be made to develop Barn Lane (or other areas which would adversely impact the SINC sites at the western end of Four Marks), we will once again ask for the support of the local community to defeat the developers’ schemes.

Financial and time constraints both make it likely that any future BLAG campaign may well be digital rather than paper-based; we therefore ask supporters to contact us with their contact details or changes to these as they occur. Please continue to ask any friends and neighbours who are sympathetic to our campaign to let us have contact details.

Finally, please vote for the Neighbourhood Plan in the referendum coming up in May 2016. This is a very positive initiative to protect Four Marks from ill thought through development. It designates Barn Lane field as ‘countryside’ – an area outside the Settlement Policy Boundary where development will not normally be permitted……. and having voted we wish you all a fantastic year!