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SOLVE Report - Council Meeting 13th October 2011

 Manydown Exclusion from LDF - Three motions debated
 
Sadly the webcam went down almost immediately this meeting started - extraordinary how this happens. Chairs were moved into the Council chamber and our supporters sitting in the ante-room moved too.
 
The outcome of the motions went as predicted; Motions 1 and 2 had 26 For and 29 Against with Basing Councillors Onnalee and Sven voting For.  Chineham Councillor Miller voted against everything - his Parish Council may have something to say about that. Basing Councillor Stephen Marks sent apologies - what a shame farming is so busy at this time of year.

SOLVE - The Council in turmoil.

SOLVE Report – What’s going on?

The meeting of the Council’s P&IOSCOM stretched over three evenings 20th- 23rd Sept. Under scrutiny was the Officers’ report for the ‘LDF (Local Development Framework) Core Strategy Housing Sites and Distribution’. This includes the controversial recommendation to build 4,000 houses on Greenfield sites.

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PRESS RELEASE: MANYDOWN HAS A MARIE-CELESTE MOMENT

Press Release: SOLVE calls on the council to explain why manydown has been removed from the list of greenfield sites being considered for The Development of 3000 homes in the next 16 years.

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PRESS RELEASE: SOLVE DEFENDS THE SARCASTIC & DISINGENUOUS ATTACK ON BASINGSTOKE BY PHILIP COLLINS OF THE TIMES

 Press Release                                                                                                           

SOLVE DEFENDS THE SARCASTIC & DISINGENUOUS ATTACK ON BASINGSTOKE BY PHILIP COLLINS of THE TIMES NEWSPAPER.

SOLVE has responded vigorously to an editorial in the Times Newspaper on September 1st, in which the Times columnist Philip Collins called on the nation to accept that large scale building of new homes on the edge of Basingstoke was an inevitable and positive result of the UK’s development.
 
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IMPORTANT Save The Date: Site Selection meetings are re-scheduled for Sept 20 and/or 21

You will recall that our councillors in the P&IOSCOM meetings will be selecting land for housing development. Agendas are published seven days before each meeting so we will confirm when our sites (102, 103 & 121) will be discussed.

You can check the agenda on the council web site here:

http://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/browse/...ingid=1509

It will be vitally important to have a massive turnout to make sure that the elected Councillors are very clear on their residents' demands.

Please hold these dates in your diaries.

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

A further threat to our Environment – Comment now!

Closing date 17th October


During July the Government published its draft NPPF for public consultation. This could represent the biggest shake-up in planning for over 50 years and many organisations, including the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), National Trust (NT) and Friends of the Earth, believe this is a major threat to the countryside.


Developers have welcomed this document and have lobbied the Government for changes by pointing to their own research which blames planning laws as a barrier to growth in the UK. Like many, SOLVE cannot see why the planning system is held up as an obstacle to growth now when the current planning laws have been protecting the countryside for over 50 years with no discernable effect on growth either way.
Unfortunately, with the document as written, developers only need to show that their proposals will deliver growth. The assumption of a default ‘yes’ to sustainable development will have devastating impact on the environment and greenfield areas.

Newsnight package & Paxman interview of minister re new Planning Consultation

 See two BBC Newsnight videos originally shown on 1st of September 2011 about the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The potential impact on a village community in Gloucster under treat from Barratt homes:

 

A hard hitting interview by Jeremy Paxman highlighting the flaws in the governments proposal - specifically that it is a licence to build on the countryside.

SOLVE Letter to the Gazette - Councillors, Listen to what the people say

Solve Letter to the Gazette published Thursday, 25th August 2011.

Sir.–We are disappointed, although not surprised, that councillors and residents, who challenged the decision to reduce the housing target for Basingstoke, continue to pursue the “we know best” brand of politics by blatantly seeking to undermine the overwhelming majority of the borough’s residents’ wishes to reduce significantly the number of houses being built...

[Follow the link to see the full text]

http://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/l...le_say___/

Report August 2011

SOLVE – Report August 2011

The Council Planning and Infrastructure Overview and Scrutiny Committee (P&IOSCOM) met on 16th June where the main item on the agenda was the future housing requirement for inclusion in the Borough Core Strategy. There were presentations from SOLVE, Countrywatch, Whitewater Valley Preservation Society and Save Manydown. Kate Tuck read out a letter from Maria Miller MP to the chairman of the P&IOSCOM. All urged the committee to reduce the level of housebuilding in line with the wishes of the public.

Basingstoke Observer interview with SOLVE

Article in Basingstoke Observer in which SOLVE and other campaign groups tell the council that current housing numbers will mean building on large areas of greenfield land.

http://www.basingstokeobserver.co.uk/...rning-1616