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New homes for your area - URGENT Consultation Ends 14th January

Things to bear in mind when answering the Basingstoke & Deane Consultation Document
First of all – The questionnaire is a request from our council for our opinions on new homes in our area.
THIS IS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE OUR OPINIONS RECORDED. If we don’t respond, the council will assume that those that do respond are they only people who have an opinion. We can be sure that the house builder, estate agents and land owners will return their forms!
How do I get the form?
The best place is the Basingstoke and Deane Today magazine as this has space for you to provide reasons for the “too much development” option;
Or from: 
The questionnaire is a mixture of multiple choice and free format boxes – this can lead to some anomalies and unintended consequences when the data is collated and presented to our councillors, who ultimately, make the choices on new housing on our behalf.
Just because it is presented as a questionnaire don’t feel constrained by the format – it is not a tax return or voting form, there are no spoilt papers.
If you don’t like the choices provided, make your own ones. Don’t feel because they are asking for a box to be ticked that you have to provide an answer – you won’t lose any marks.
We at SOLVE thought it would be helpful to give you some things to bear in mind about certain questions as they are presented: 
Q2      -       If you think new homes are needed in the borough for the needs of Basingstoke but not in Basing, Lychpit, Newnham or Chineham this is not the question to answer yes to – that one comes later.
           -       If you answer Yes, but there are things that make it difficult to develop in my area, your answer will potentially be taken as all that is stopping housing going ahead.
Q3      -       This question should be linked to Q2, but it isn’t. When they collate the answers, even if you answered no houses needed in Q2, if you were to tick for instance “Larger family homes” in Q3, they will count that as a vote for Larger family homes to be built in your area.
           -       You may feel that you would like to move within your local area, but no suitable houses have become available – this is more likely to be because of market circumstances, than shortage. Think of the buoyant market we had previously.
           -       This question asks for multiple ticks, each tick is a vote for more houses to be built in our local area. We would suggest using the Other types box, to write no new houses, if that was how you answered Q2, to even the votes.
Q4      -       This question is a good opportunity to recommend brown field sites and un-picturesque scrub land, in your local area, that would be improved by development. It is almost certain that some new houses will be required.
Q5      -       We would ask, when answering this, that you bear in mind that this question, in a questionnaire about new homes, is not about asking how the council should spend all the new money that the government has found in our booming economy to give away! Councils use facilities, as a trade, in negotiating planning permission with house builders. So, the more things we ask for, the more we are giving our councillors permission to make this trade on our behalf.
Q6      -       Basingstoke & Deane has been one of the fastest growth areas in the whole country in terms of housing over the past five years – in fact our council has built more houses than central government asked it to in the South East plan.
Q7      -       This question, would appear to be designed to justify the factors that the government process requires them to take in to account when determining housing numbers. It is much easier to tick one of their boxes, than to think of other things that should be taken into account. We would suggest that the other factors box is used to say “no destruction of countryside”; “capacity of the road infrastructure”; “capacity of the sewage system”
Q8      -       This question does not offer building on brown field sites or rezoning of commercial and industrial land into housing. We feel this is unfortunate, since many people avoid entering text in the boxes and it is therefore likely to skew the result to towards building on green field sites.
Q9      -       In this question you are asked to tick 3 boxes in the most and 3 in the least categories. Be careful this is a statistical trick. If you think, for instance, that saving our countryside is the most important factor it will only count as 1/3 of your vote, if you add two other ticks, since there is no weighting or ranking.

Trustee Briefing on Impact of Proposed Development

Trustee Briefing on Environmental, Economic & Cultural Impact of Proposed Development on Land Offered for Sale by The Kings Fund East of Basingstoke.

Summary & Requested Action.

A previous administration and Board of Trustees approved an option agreement between The Kings Fund and Taylor Wimpey which could result in the development of up to 10,000 homes. Any development of this scope would contravene numerous local, national and EU policies, guidelines directives and obligations as well as have a significant economic and lifestyle/well-being impact on existing communities.

SOLVE (Save Our Loddon Valley Environment) believes Trustees have a fiduciary and moral obligation to instruct Executives to convene a small team, led by a Trustee, to work in a transparent and constructive relationship with SOLVE and the local community to review the option agreement and explore ways to annul the agreement.

Press Release 1st November


SOLVE (Save our Loddon Valley Environment) will hold a meeting at 10am on Saturday November 6thth at Old Basing Village Hall as part of its campaign against the plans by Taylor Wimpey to build up to 9,000 homes on ‘Greenfield’ land immediately adjacent to Old Basing in the Loddon Valley.

The meeting, organised by SOLVE in response to Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council’s ‘Public Consultation on New Homes’, will take the form of a ‘Question Time’ panel with guests including Maria Miller MP, Rob Golding (Cabinet Member for Planning) and local Councillors including Onnalee Cubitt, Sven Godeson, Stephen Marks & Martin Biermann.

Meeting at the Village Hall - Saturday 5th June

From Peter Bloyce (SOLVE)
Old Basing

It was standing room only at the meeting at Old Basing Village Hall on Saturday 5th June with over 150 attending and over 100 more residents signing up to SOLVE.  A fantastic turnout and thanks to everyone who attended.

Clive Pinder gave an excellent presentation and contributions from our local MP, Maria Miller, as well as local councillors indicated their strong support for our cause.  Those present were left in no doubt as to the threat and difficulties ahead.  A number of actions are being taken forward from this meeting.  By the time this article is published in the Basinga the SHLAA public consultation period will have ended (21st June).  However, the work does not end there.  A number of important council committee meetings lay ahead and SOLVE will be present with, we hope, a number of residents also attending, details later.  People power is so important.