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SOLVE – 75% say “NO”

SOLVE – 75% say “NO”

The results from the Community Engagement on Housing numbers across the Borough is now available.

• 75% said NO to new homes in their local area.
• 65% said the level of housing growth in the Borough over the past 10 years, is ‘Too Much' for the future.
• The report conclusions interpret data in a way that supports more housing when in fact the overwhelming point of view from residents is that we have enough.
• SOLVE will be responding in full.

SOLVE – Report February 2011

SOLVE – Report February 2011
The Council’s housing numbers survey has now closed. SOLVE has continued the push to get as many supporters as possible to respond. We understand that the response so far from Old Basing and surrounding areas has been excellent and on behalf of SOLVE a big thank you to all that responded.
On December 5th our stand outside SPAR in Old Basing attracted a lot of interest, just about all of whom supported controlling housing numbers to protect Greenfield sites. Thanks to SPAR for the use of their shelter on such a cold day. We handed out nearly 300 questionnaires and SOLVE guidance notes. A stand outside Tesco in Chineham on 8th January was successful at raising the SOLVE profile and cause. Thanks to all our helpers and visitors to the stands.

Parish Newsletters - January 2011 -Tell the Council where to put their houses

Following the SHLAA debate the BDBC Planning Department has approved land to the East of Old Basing and Chineham as 'suitable' for development of up to 9000 homes. The Loddon Valley environment, biodiversity, our communities, not to mention the whole characteristic of the Borough, would be destroyed.

The Council is currently seeking residents’ opinions on how many homes Basingstoke needs and where they should be built. The consultation period ends on 14th January. Don’t let Christmas distract you. Have you responded to the Council ‘Community Engagement’ questionnaire on housing numbers? It is vital that residents in Old Basing, Newnham, Chineham and surrounding villages have a say. The Developers, Planners and Landowners have had their say, now it’s your turn.

SOLVE News November 2010

Taylor Wimpey has a long term option agreement on the purchase of the Kings Fund land east of Basingstoke and on 16th September SOLVE met with Kings Fund representatives including the CEO. Our case, based on environmental concerns, was put by Kate Tuck and Clive Pinder for SOLVE. This agreement, signed in 2006, was made before the current Executive & Trustee were in post and the CEO accepted that the Trustees have a moral responsibility to review this. SOLVE has been invited to write a letter to Fund Trustees in time for next Board meeting at the end of October. If they accept the development would be inappropriate, they may try and modify the option agreement; a legal issue.

SOLVE is spearheading a Borough wide campaign against large scale development anywhere in BDBC and we have canvassed local Parish Councils & Residents Groups with a view to collaborating. Many have now confirmed they want to be involved including the Manydown Action Group. Our MP, Maria Miller, is a strong supporter of this approach and her office is now involved in organising a meeting of these groups. For information the number of houses built in the Borough over the last 10 years averaged 900 a year; well above targets.

SOLVE – The Council carries on regardless

SOLVE – The Council carries on regardless

August is usually a quiet month but not so for SOLVE. In our letter writing campaign so far we have written to MP’s, Councillors and the Council Chief Executive. All these can be seen, with replies, on the SOLVE website under “News & Media”. On 14th September SOLVE members Kate Tuck and Clive Pinder have a meeting with the Kings Fund, owners of much of the land planned for development. We hope to produce a report for our website.

On 13th August Basingstoke & Deane Council Corporate Director published her report on the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) sites referred to her from the Borough Council Planning and Infrastructure Oversee and Scrutiny Committee (P&IOSCOM). There were no changes to the site categorisations. In other words they stay in the SHLAA as “sites assessed for potential housing”. There were some amendments to the detail and constraints such as the removal of the reference in BAS121 on the need to work with developers in BAS102 and 103. This report along with other P&IOSCOM documents can be found on the Council website.

SOLVE was able to assist the Corporate Director when she had difficulty locating the Environment Agency (EA) comments referred to in the SHLAA. This SOLVE letter, with EA comments, is also on our website under “News & Media”.

Press Release July 2010

Up to 100 SOLVE members will present a petition with over 2,100 signatures calling on the council to withdraw land that has been endorsed by the council as suitable for development, and holding the council responsible if planning applications are made as a result of the SHLAA. SOLVE will present a petition to their Councillors at 6:30pm on Monday July 26th at the Civic Offices as part of their submission to the 'Planning & Infrastructure Oversight & Scrutiny Committee' which will review what plots should be withdrawn from the latest version of the SHLAA.

Press Release June 2010

SOLVE calls for basingstoke council to Honour the manifesto and legislative agenda of the coalition government by cancelling the SHLAA, reducing annual housing targets & preventing large scale development on greenfield sites.

SOLVE (Save our Loddon Valley Environment) will hold a meeting at 10am on Saturday June 5th at Old Basing Village Hall as part of its campaign to challenge the Basingstoke & Deane SHLAA process which recommends a significant area of ‘Greenfield’ land immediately adjacent to Old Basing be “allocated” for developers to build up to 9,000 homes.