Update: North Hampshire District Group

26th March 2020

News from the North Hampshire District


The North Hampshire District Group continues to monitor development issues and to respond to concerns raised by members and the public within the area.

We currently await decisions on several applications to which we have objected. Chief among these is an application for a new Motorway Services Area at Junction 6 of the M3 which impacts on the local countryside, including the Grade 1 Listed Hackwood Park.

We made a representation to the Planning Inspectorate and await its decision on an appeal against the refusal of an application to build 17 houses in Dummer. We objected to the proposal because it is on the edge of the village settlement, outside the settlement policy boundary and immediately adjacent to both open countryside and the Dummer Conservation Area. We are concerned that the proposal would have a detrimental effect on the setting, character and appearance of the conservation area, the local countryside landscape and the rural nature of the village.

Our objection to a proposed development of 27 houses in Ashford Hill has had a successful outcome, with a refusal by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. Our objection was principally that the proposal was outside the settlement policy boundary, on an undeveloped agricultural field, would have a detrimental effect on the character of the local countryside landscape and further erode the rural nature of the village.

The group is also particularly active in arranging fundraising events and has lined up a visit to the Vitacress installation at Abbots Ann on 2 June and to the gardens at Dummer House on 26 June, with the annual Autumn Supper scheduled for 30 September. It remains to be seen of course whether it will still be possible to hold such public gatherings during the summer.

We intend also to continue to foster relations with local politicians, namely the three MPs within our area and Borough Councillors, although this has now been curtailed by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Please get in touch if you’d like to get involved with the group.

Peter Prag
North Hampshire District Group

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