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Core Strategy - Update on the Public Consultation

 

Consultation on the Pre-Submission Core Strategy began on Friday 10 February and ends on Friday 23 March 2012

 Note – The Council has decided to press ahead with this consultation despite the Judicial Review instigated by the Manydown Company.  Whatever the outcome of this, sooner or later we will need to comment on the Core Strategy and how it affects our villages and communities.

Summary - Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) has drawn up a set of policies and plans (Framework) that will determine future planning and development in the Borough. The Core Strategy is a planning document which allocates major sites and locations for development and housing in the Borough.  As well as housing, the strategy deals with the environment, infrastructure, transport, water, jobs and much more in BDBC over the next 16 years.

For consultation information and update - read on

Consultation - This is a very important stage in the process and commeting now will ensure that the Planning Inspector (The Examiner under new planning rules) gets to examine the points that groups and individuals make.  Organisations like SOLVE, CountryWatch and Parish Councils will be commenting separately so your individual comments are valuable. 

The consultation is accompanied by a massive pile of paper, over 2,000 pages plus supporting documents (Yes they want your comments!).  However, the main document is a mere 164 pages.     

Clearly there is a lot to wade through so SOLVE will be issuing a more action oriented note in a week or so once we have heard back from our legal counsel and have had time to decide on the appropriate response.  There is no need to comment on every part of the strategy so we will be highlighting the parts which we think are of interest, e.g. housing, environment, water, infrastructure or lack of it.

 Where to find the information - all the consultation documents are on the Council website at –

http://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/browse/environment-and-planning/planning/ldf/consultations/presub-core-strategy/consultation.htm

 

Green Infrastructure - In parallel with, but not unrelated to, the Core Strategy is the Green Infrastructure consultation.  You can find this on the Council website at -

http://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/browse/environment-and-planning/countryside/green-infrastructure-strategy.htm

You can comment on this too. These very laudable aims and ideas are in sharp contrast to the plans for housing development in the Loddon Valley.

 The SOLVE Team

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