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South Downs & Central

Proposed site for Linden Homes development at Pitt Vale Proposed site for Linden Homes development at Pitt Vale

Spring / Summer 2018

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.

Our District Group covers the areas of East Hampshire District and Winchester District, including the Hampshire part of the South Downs National Park. An appeal by Linden Homes against refusal by Winchester City Council of a speculative application for 350 homes at Pitt Vale on the south-western edge of the City of Winchester was withdrawn. This followed dismissal of an appeal for 90 dwellings at Otterbourne, also a refused speculative application, in which the Inspector found that Winchester District has a 5 year supply of allocated housing land and so more housing is not needed. We made representations to the Inspectorate in both appeals; and also in an appeal against refusal by the South Downs National Park Authority of 6 detached houses at New Cheriton, which was dismissed on the basis that the site is outside the settlement policy boundary of the village and would not conserve the landscape and scenic beauty of the national park.

However, the Winchester District Local Plan is under 5 year review, and if this results in an increase in housing numbers we can expect the sites at Pitt Vale and Otterbourne to be pushed forward once more.

We responded to a final consultation on the South Downs National Park Local Plan before it goes to Examination. This has a landscape led approach, with strong policies on landscape character, safeguarding views, protecting relative tranquility and dark night skies, and maintaining ecosystems and natural capital. Accordingly, we have always given it our strong support, and we made this clear in our response which will go to the Examining Inspector. We criticised some other policies, and will pursue these at the Examination as necessary. We give support to development where we can, including a substantial new dwelling of classic design at Upper Wield which would fit in well in the landscape, replacing an existing building of indifferent design. Game processing buildings which are an eyesore would be removed. The result would be a significant improvement in character and appearance of the East Hampshire countryside.

We have completed a useful meetings round of meetings with our MPs, George Hollingbery, Steve Brine and Damian Hinds, to discuss CPRE issues with national planning policy and to introduce our Strategic Vision for Hampshire. The principle of more strategic planning found considerable support. 

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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