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Planning Application - 520 homes at Picket Twenty Extension Site, London Road, Andover

28 January 2017

Planning application by Persimmon for 520 homes (including 208 affordable homes), public open spaces, allotments and associated infrastructure.

CPRE Hampshire's Test Valley District Group commented on this planning application at Picket Twenty (Ref. 16/03120/FULLN) and registered its objection. The reasons for opposing it are summarised below and set out in more detail in the letter available to download below.

1.   The number of houses planned considerably exceeds the 300 specified in Adopted Local Plan policy COM 6A. The additional houses are not needed to meet Test Valley Borough Council’s housing target for Test Valley (North) or to satisfy the five-year land supply rule.

2.   The latest data from ONS shows that average household size is not decreasing as predicted by DCLG when making their household projections but is, instead, remaining persistently constant at 2.4 persons per dwelling.

3.  The question of increasing the size of the Picket Twenty development was raised during the Local Plan public examination and the inspector was not impressed by the arguments put forward and did not support the move by Persimmon to increase its size.

4.  Contrary to NPPF para 15.

5.  A recent high court judgement (East Staffs BC v. Barwood, Oct. 2016 see separate download) says that proposed developments which are contrary to the adopted local plan can only be approved in exceptional circumstances - we do not consider that there are any exceptional circumstances in this case.

6. Water resource availability.

7. Weak proposals to combat ground and surface water flooding.

8. Landscape impact in an area which should be retained as open space.

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