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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Further to my letter dated 10 December 2014, this item has now been withdrawn from the Planning Committee meeting on the 18 December 2014, to reassess our analysis of the application in light of the implications arising from the recent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.

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:
  2. Use the template letter supplied (TEMPLATE_SINC Internal build Planning Application 30800_007) to write your own objection to 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