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Press Release 1st November

SOLVE HOSTS A ‘QUESTION TIME’ PANEL WITH MARIA MILLER MP, ROB GOLDING (CABINET member for planning) AND LOCAL COUNCILLORS AS PART OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION on new homes.

SOLVE (Save our Loddon Valley Environment) will hold a meeting at 10am on Saturday November 6thth at Old Basing Village Hall as part of its campaign against the plans by Taylor Wimpey to build up to 9,000 homes on ‘Greenfield’ land immediately adjacent to Old Basing in the Loddon Valley.

The meeting, organised by SOLVE in response to Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council’s ‘Public Consultation on New Homes’, will take the form of a ‘Question Time’ panel with guests including Maria Miller MP, Rob Golding (Cabinet Member for Planning) and local Councillors including Onnalee Cubitt, Sven Godeson, Stephen Marks & Martin Biermann.

"This is the perfect time to ask direct questions of your elected representatives, and ensure that they support the campaign against plans to build up to 9000 homes in the Loddon Valley" explains Clive Pinder of SOLVE. "Despite wide-scale opposition from local people and against the wishes of our MP, the Planning & infrastructure Oversight Committee supported a SHLAA that actively encourages developers to submit planning applications for massive development projects like the one proposed by Taylor Wimpey.

We intend to continue to make sure our elected representatives are aware of the overwhelming support for our campaign, and equally importantly engage in a transparent and constructive dialogue with all parts of the community. On that note, if people believe we need this many homes in our community and that development on this scale is appropriate and support Taylor Wimpey’s plans, we invite them to put their side of the debate. The last meeting of this kind attracted over 200 people, far more than any event organised by the Council as part of their SHLAA consultation. We are confident that this meeting will be equally well supported and constructive".

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