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20th and 21st July P&IOSCOM meetings postponed

P&IOSCOM meetings at which Councillors would be selecting land for housing development including our sites (102, 103 & 121).

Please note that these meetings have been postponed while the council and their officers await updated government legislation on housing development.

July Report (Water Stress)

Important meetings take place before the end of July including the Council Planning and Infrastructure Overview and Scrutiny Committee (P&IOSCOM) and Best for Basingstoke (BFB) meetings with Planning Officers and Maria Miller MP.
The P&IOSCOM meeting was on 16th June and the agenda is available on the BDBC website. This includes a report before the committee on the future housing requirement to be included in the Borough Core Strategy. The Planning Officers identified four options; they are 900, 722, 594 or 400 houses per year until 2027. They say they can work with either middle two options. However, SOLVE believes that if the public consultation is to be accepted then 400 per year should be carried forward. It is also our belief that any figure less than 600 would not require housing on Greenfield sites.  This is not the view of the Borough Planning Office.

Article in Basingstoke Gazette about council decision to reduce housing numbers

An article in the Basingstoke Gazette about the recent decision by the borough council's Planning and Infrastructure Overview & Scrutiny Committee:

What are the plans?


9,000 New homes in the Loddon Valley.
Since the formation of SOLVE in 2009 we have been successful in lobbying for lower housing growth in the Borough. Further, we do not support large scale development on any Greenfield sites east or west. However, the Council has reneged on their pre-election promise not to build large scale developments on Greenfield sites. The proposals in the Core Strategy for some 3,000 houses on Greenfield sites around Old Basing & Lychpit, Chineham, Sherfield-on-Loddon, Newnham, Mapledurwell & Up Nately and Bramley ignores the central theme of the public consultation that residents do not want to see these large scale developments.
This is a direct result of the Council’s decision to exclude 2,000 acres of land, Manydown, to the west of the Borough. Land bought specifically for planned development including housing. We believe that Councillors have a duty to consider ALL sites on their merits, not on procedural sleight of hand and backroom deals. Therefore our immediate aim is the get all potential sites considered on their merits. At the same time we are opposing large scale building on the sites to the NE. If we allow the proposed Core Strategy to go ahead then the threat to the rest of the Loddon Valley is very real.  
Major house-building companies are pushing for these developments and ultimately 9,000 houses could invade the Loddon Valley and its hinterland. To put this in perspective, there are around 3,200 dwellings in Old Basing and Lychpit now. The plans could mean 20,000 extra people on your doorstep. These huge developments could swamp our communities. If these massive housing schemes go ahead, we can expect:
  • Destruction of a North Hampshire Conservation Area and important wildlife habitats
  • A significant loss of rural character to the east of Basingstoke
  • A complete loss of Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs)
  • Increased risk of flooding and pollution of the EU protected Loddon River
  • A massive increase in traffic, pollution and noise on already crowded roads. A nightmare A33.
  • Insufficient infrastructure to cope with the increased population
  • Increased school class sizes, hospital waiting lists and strain on policing
  • Many years of continual building work, noise pollution and heavy vehicles
It's time to make a stand
Visit – “What Can You Do?” for further information including how to donate to SOLVE.

Article in Basingstoke Observer re housing number decision

Basingstoke housing chiefs are set to drastically reduce the number of houses built each year across the borough according to an article in the Basingstoke Observer on the 16th June 2011:

Letter from Maria Miller supporting SOLVEs submissions regarding proposed Housing Numbers

Our MP Maria Miller wrote Cllr Reid as chair of the Planning and Infrastructure Overview & Scrutiny Committee asking that the committee members take into account the points that SOLVE and the Best for Basingstoke group had made on housing numbers.
SOLVE’s Kate Tuck read this letter to the committee at the June 16th P&IOSCom meeting.

Continue reading to see the letter:

PRESS RELEASE: SOLVE calls on councillors to reject the recommendations of the officers report on housing numbers.

 Here is a copy of our Press release calling on councillors to reject the recommendations of the officers report on housing numbers.

Landscape Study email exchange

The Landscape Study exchange of emails between the Chairman of the P&IOSCOM and SOLVE.

 Dear Stephen,

Having viewed the webcast of the P&IOSCOM meeting on 24th March 2011, I noted, at the start of the meeting, there was a debate at which an attempt was made by Labour to put the Landscape Study on the agenda for the next OSCOM meeting. This weighty document is available on the Council website and is an important piece of evidence which, just like the Water Cycle Study and the Transport Study, should be subject to scrutiny by the OSCOM.

SOLVE Report June 2011

SOLVE Report June 2011
Hustings - A full report with photographs can be found on the SOLVE website. Congratulations to Steven Marks, Basing, and Martin Biermann, Chineham, on their re-election on 5th May. SOLVE was particularly pleased that Steven Marks who farms on the land owned by Kings Fund confirmed that he "would do anything legally possible to continue with the family farm".
Landscape Capacity Study 2010 – This report is in the public domain and can be found on the Basingstoke Council Website under the Environment and Planning/Evidence Base. This weighty document has 393 pages and –

SOLVE- News May 2011

SOLVE has just had a meeting (mid April) with Basingstoke and Deane Planning Officers to discuss the evidence surrounding housing numbers in the Borough. It seems the Officers are unconvinced that there is more up-to-date information on household size trends and prefer to use extrapolations based on the 2001 Census. From our perspective it appears that the Planning Officers favour higher housebuilding numbers. Their interpretation of the Housing Consultation results confirms our view. If higher numbers, e.g. 750 per year, are accepted then all Greenfield sites, East or West, are at serious risk.