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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]

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.

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.

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.

Article in Basingstoke Observer on Hustings


The Basingstoke Observer has a good article on the Local Election Hustings being organised by SOLVE Saturday 16th April at Chineham Village Hall and Saturday 23rd April at Old Basing Village Hall.

Read the Article here: