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Autumn / Winter 2017

Latest update from our district group covering the South Downs and Central area. 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 areas of East Hampshire District and Winchester District, including the Hampshire part of the South Downs National Park.

We have had meetings with all three of our local planning authorities since our last update, with discussions ranging from the Housing White Paper (see PPG update on page 9), our Strategic Vision for Hampshire consultation, and the growing importance of "valued" landscape as a reason for dismissal of appeals. We have also highlighted the importance of the recent East Staffordshire Borough Council High Court case in resisting speculative planning applications, and discussed affordable housing delivery.

We have met with George Hollingbery MP for the Meon Valley and found agreement on the need for some form of strategic planning in the county. We agreed that in the South East of the county, there is much opportunity for regeneration of low quality housing, often built at very low densities, particularly as some districts are now using up all their greenfield land. Meetings with Steve Brine MP for Winchester and Chandlers Ford and Damian Hinds MP for East Hampshire are arranged.

There have been planning successes in Winchester District, with dismissal by the Planning Inspector or withdrawal by the applicant of appeals for land for housing at Colden Common and Otterbourne. Also in Winchester, the appeal for land at Vale Farm, Pitt has been withdrawn. CPRE Hampshire member and Oliver's Battery Parish Councillor, Connie Leach said: "Sincere thanks to all at CPRE for your unstinting support and outstanding professional expertise."

Crucially, Winchester City Council has an adopted Local Plan and a 5-year supply of deliverable housing sites across the district. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Further to our objection to proposals to build housing at Grey Farm House, Kilmeston, we await the outcome to our representation to the appeal Inspector. We maintain our objection as Winchester City Council has an up to date development plan.

Away from planning matters, we are busy organising our annual quiz nights which this year will provide vital funds to support CPRE Hampshire’s campaigning, including for a Green Belt in the South of the county. Please do join us for an enjoyable autumn evening out – all the details are at the back of the newsletter. 

Christopher Napier, Chairman CPRE Hampshire Planning and Policy Group - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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