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Local Plan Public Consultation - June 2014

Local Plan Public Consultation - Have your say.

The consultation on the changes to the draft Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan which, amongst other things, will determine the housing requirement in the Borough up to 2029, ends at 4pm on June 13th.

The consultation documentation is crystal clear and states "This is a focussed consultation where comments should only be made on the proposed changes to the Pre Submission Local Plan since the previous consultation"

However, we understand that the South West Action Group (SWAG) have been advised by the Planning Department that, if you did not comment on something in the last consultation, you can still comment, whether it is a change or not. These comments will be passed to the Inspector later this year for consideration, along with all previous consultation submissions. It appears that some SWAG supporters failed to comment previously and are trying to reopen the debate. It is difficult to comprehend that comments not related to changes can be restricted to SWAG, and the change in policy appears to open the door for developers to propose additional sites for development. This change in the consultation, not widely known, and in direct conflict with the consultation documentation, may leave the process open to challenge and further delay.

Given this, supporters that did not comment previously, and wish to do so, now have another opportunity. Previous SOLVE and CountryWatch comments can be found on the Council website and a summary is also on this website under the entry for October 2013.

The main points to highlight in submissions from SOLVE supporters at this stage are:-

Welcome:-
• No new Greenfield sites
• The housing target remains at 748 houses per annum.
• Reduction in the number of houses on Pyotts Hill to 450 at the behest of the owners Hampshire County Council (HCC), Policy SS3.9.
• The provision for a western by-pass linking M3 Junction 7 to the A339, Policy SS3.10m. This was also identified in the Transport Study issue 4. SOLVE supports this as it will help relieve over capacity and congestion from Junction 6 and the A33 corridor.

Not welcome:-
• Housing on Pyotts Hill has been brought forward two by years.
• A further 450 on Pyotts Hill may be included after 2029, policy SS3.9.
• We are aware that Taylor Wimpey representatives have been surveying Hodds Farm recently. Hodds Farm is not featured in the Draft Local Plan.
• We object to the deletion “new residential development will not be acceptable within Flood Zones 2 or 3”, para 6.51. This is inconsistent with specific mention of site flood zones, e.g. SS3.9f and SS3.11k.

Suggestions:-
• Policy CN6 - Infrastructure changes should be in place before new housing is occupied. This policy should be paramount.
• Under the Environment Agency Water Framework Directive, the River Basin Management plans, due in 2015, must form a significant piece of evidence on relevant sites (para 6.45) and be included in all planning applications.
• The Manydown site has been allocated 3400 houses during the plan period. Previous Cabinet decisions agreed 4000. The Major Development Area Plan for Manydown should recognise this, so should the Local Plan.

Although the draft plan is not perfect, on balance, we support its submission to the Planning Inspector. Without a Local Plan the risk is high from developers actively exploring opportunistic planning applications before it is approved, e.g. Hodds Farm.

Details of the revised Local Plan can be found on the Council website consultation page at http://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/ . This includes the draft Plan with tracked changes for ease of commenting. (All references refer to this except where otherwise stated.)

Peter Bloyce
SOLVE
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