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 Overton’s rural landscape continues to be at threat Overton’s rural landscape continues to be at threat

Autumn / Winter 2017

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.

It is becoming a disturbing feature in this part of the county that planning applications which have been turned down are resurfacing as appeals against the original judgement, albeit in slightly modified form.

We have had three in the past few weeks, at Overton, Sherfield and Upton Grey. We are opposing all of them and it will be interesting to see whether Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council has been persuaded to reverse its earlier decision on the basis of fresh evidence.

There has also been a repackaged application for a development in Little London which was refused last year and has just been refused again.

A decision is still awaited on a larger development in Cliddesden which has been strongly opposed by the local community and by us.

We are anticipating an application from Moto for a new service station at Hackwood which is equidistant between the Fleet and Winchester service stations. This, if permission were granted, would be on greenfield agricultural land and we would welcome support from anyone who shares our view that not only is the service station unnecessary given the proximity of the adjacent service stations but would also take away a precious piece of rural Hampshire.

On the social side, we have recently made a very popular visit to a garden in Old Alresford. We have our annual Autumn Supper on Friday October 20th at Preston Candover Village Hall. Our guest speaker will be Ros Wallinger, an expert on Gertrude Jekyll gardens. Please see page 11 for booking details.

Peter Prag will be taking over as District Chairman at the end of the year. We will be in very good hands.

Finally, and on a sad note we have to report the death of Sally Pilcher, wife of Julian, a former District Chairman. Sally had been the most loyal and willing of supporters and we shall miss her greatly.

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

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