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Press Release July 2010

Up to 100 SOLVE members will present a petition with over 2,100 signatures calling on the council to withdraw land that has been endorsed by the council as suitable for development, and holding the council responsible if planning applications are made as a result of the SHLAA. SOLVE will present a petition to their Councillors at 6:30pm on Monday July 26th at the Civic Offices as part of their submission to the 'Planning & Infrastructure Oversight & Scrutiny Committee' which will review what plots should be withdrawn from the latest version of the SHLAA.

Maria Miller MP supports SOLVE's campaign and comments: "Local residents want the changes in the planning process that Conservatives campaigned for at the General Election. The SHLAA process runs counter to the principles of local accountability. Continuing the process is wasting Council Tax Payers money".

Clive Pinder of SOLVE explains "Government, both locally and nationally, has committed to rejecting the top down centralised planning approach of the previous Labour government and to ensuring that all planning matters are based on the input and demand of local people. Despite this, Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council is still proceeding with the planning process mandated by the previous government and in doing so is actively encouraging land owners of Greenfield sites to make their land available for massive development projects like the one proposed by Taylor Wimpey and The Kings Fund that would see up to 9,000 homes built across the Loddon Valley east of Old Basing".

As well as the petition with over 2100 signatures that equates to nearly 50% of the people who voted in the Old Basing ward at the last election, SOLVE will present evidence including the fact that:

  • development would be in conflict with local, national & EU policy, guidance & legal obligations including those published by:

- The Environmental Agency
- Established planning authorities
- Water quality directives
- Habitat Directives
- Biodiversity Action Plans
- Groundwater Protection Zone guidelines
- Green Infrastructure guidelines

  • There are established precedents for exclusion due to:

Flood Risk
Sites of national historic importance
Sites of national and international importance for environmental reasons

SOLVE (Save Our Loddon Valley Environment) is a non-political group set up by local people to represent residents who believe our unique eco-systems and historic sites of national significance are as important as our economic aspirations, and should be protected for the continued enjoyment of the wider Basingstoke community.

*Meeting is at Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4AH*

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