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Contact us to ask about the Bluebell Walk around Ellisfield on 22 April. Contact us to ask about the Bluebell Walk around Ellisfield on 22 April. Hannah Houstin-Lacey

Spring / Summer 2018

Latest update from our district group in North Hampshire. This update was produced for our twice yearly newsletter, Hampshire Views. Please check the rest of the News section of the website for more recent updates.

Our district group covers the expanding town of Basingstoke and all the villages within the Borough of Basingstoke & Deane.

Latterly we have, in conjunction with Winslade Parish Council, been monitoring an application to build a new Motorway Service Station near to Junction 6 on the M3. This would be on an as yet completely undeveloped site and close to the Grade 1 listed Hackwood Park and we have made representations to this effect. The need for this facility is unclear as there are already service areas relatively close by at Fleet and Winchester. It would however include a hotel and could perhaps in the future lead to further motorway related developments such as distribution centres. At the time of writing the Borough Council has deferred its determination to the application until 27 April. We have also responded to a request for CPRE to assess a proposal to develop a glamping site of 56 lodges near Upton Grey. In the event the scheme appeared to be well designed and to pose no permanent threat to the countryside. Since the last issue of Hampshire Views, applications for two major housing developments which were reported there, at Cliddesden and Sherfield-on-Loddon, have both been refused.

This Group continues to be active with fundraising events including an Autumn Supper held in Preston Candover village hall last October at which Ros Wallender spoke about ‘the evolution of our gardens’ with some remarkable insights into her own Gertrude Jekyll garden at Upton Grey. We are also planning garden visits for this summer and are holding a Bluebell Walk around Ellisfield on 22 April (details from Hannah Houstin-Lacey on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

We are responding to the fact that the number of CPRE members in Hampshire is falling and will be making approaches to all friends and contacts within our area who are not as yet members but could well be interested in supporting the Campaign.

Peter Prag, Chairman North Hampshire District Group - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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