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SOLVE – Report February 2011

SOLVE – Report February 2011
The Council’s housing numbers survey has now closed. SOLVE has continued the push to get as many supporters as possible to respond. We understand that the response so far from Old Basing and surrounding areas has been excellent and on behalf of SOLVE a big thank you to all that responded.
On December 5th our stand outside SPAR in Old Basing attracted a lot of interest, just about all of whom supported controlling housing numbers to protect Greenfield sites. Thanks to SPAR for the use of their shelter on such a cold day. We handed out nearly 300 questionnaires and SOLVE guidance notes. A stand outside Tesco in Chineham on 8th January was successful at raising the SOLVE profile and cause. Thanks to all our helpers and visitors to the stands.
The Council’s housing numbers survey has now closed. SOLVE has continued the push to get as many supporters as possible to respond. We understand that the response so far from Old Basing and surrounding areas has been excellent and on behalf of SOLVE a big thank you to all that responded.
On December 5th our stand outside SPAR in Old Basing attracted a lot of interest, just about all of whom supported controlling housing numbers to protect Greenfield sites. Thanks to SPAR for the use of their shelter on such a cold day. We handed out nearly 300 questionnaires and SOLVE guidance notes. A stand outside Tesco in Chineham on 8th January was successful at raising the SOLVE profile and cause. Thanks to all our helpers and visitors to the stands.
Initial results from the survey are expected to be presented to the Council Planning and Infrastructure Overview and Scrutiny Committee in February this year. Following this is the Local Development Framework (LDF) process and a public consultation on the ‘Core Strategy’ in the autumn. The ‘Core Strategy’ is a blueprint for development in the Borough over the next 20 years, including housing. SOLVE will be in there at every point pressing the case on behalf of the residents who want to preserve our countryside and the Loddon Valley Environment.
The Trustees of the Kings Fund, which own much of the land planned for development, have considered our representations. Disappointing, but not surprisingly, they believe the work of their charity is more important than our environment and community and have decided not to re-visit the options agreement they have with Taylor Wimpey. We may need to return to this in the coming months.
Other actions recently include seeking initial advice from property lawyers. This is ongoing and we are unable to comment at this time.
The coming year is crucial for SOLVE and a lot of hard work has still to be done. It is worth repeating that the consequences of failure for the villages and communities East of Basingstoke, and wider, would be catastrophic. Help is always required.

Peter Bloyce
SOLVE
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