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Press Release: 6th January 2009

CPRE Hampshire comment on Barton Farm developments

Chris Slattery, for CPRE Hampshire, said:

"We are hoping that Winchester City Council will not include Barton Farm as a site for a minimum of 2,300 dwellings and associated buildings such as retail outlets, for the 20 year period of the South East Plan. We know that in 2007-08, 75 pre cent of new dwellings in the City were actually built on 'windfall sites', which are brownfield sites previously unallocated that had become available during the year."

The proposed reserve site for housing development at Barton Farm is strongly opposed by CPRE in principle, as it is a greenfield site. CPRE advocates an approach to planning that says greenfield development should be considered as a last resort, focusing instead on proper Urban Capacity Studies to ensure that brownfield land is used first.

CPRE's Mid-Hampshire District Group, which represents the countryside in the areas of Winchester and Eastleigh and their environs, supports the Save Barton Farm Group in its campaign to save the site from development. CPRE Hampshire recently commented on the Proposed Changes to the draft South East Plan, objecting to a proposed rise in the number of houses to 2,300 allocated in Winchester District (outside of the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire area).

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Notes to editors

CPRE Hampshire strives to promote the beauty, tranquility and diversity of the countryside of Hampshire by the sustainable use of land and other resources in town and country, and encouraging the biodiversity and well-being of rural communities.

For all media enquiries, please contact:
Keren Burney, media & communications officer, CPRE Hampshire
Tel: 01730 894123   Mobile: 07876 780065

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Anthony McEwen, Director, CPRE Hampshire
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