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Manydown Land Available

 

Press Release

“Manydown Land is Available for Development.” so says the Manydown Company, freeholder owners of the land

Residents that packed the Council Chamber recently were shocked to hear that despite claims by the Council to the contrary; the owners of the land called Manydown stated explicitly “on the record that there is no obstacle to the development to the Manydown land as far as management or ownership structure is concerned”.

 

This confirms what SOLVE’s more than 1500 supporters and thousands of other residents around Basingstoke believe; that the Council is not being fair or balanced in the way they evaluate the suitability of greenfield sites for development.

 

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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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.

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.
 

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.

SOLVE - Basinga April 2011

SOLVE – The Process Grinds On
I reported the initial results from the Council new housing consultation in the last edition. These were discussed at length at the Council P&IOSCOM meeting on 17th February. With 75% of respondents rejecting large numbers of new housing in the Borough the opinions of the electorate could not be made clearer to Councillors. Members from SOLVE and other groups under the ‘Best for Basingstoke’ umbrella gave good presentations and additional evidence to the committee. A number of actions were taken away by Officers including further analysis, in particular the paper responses and other comments. A webcast of the meeting, over 4 hours, is available on the Council website.