Update: North Hampshire District Group
News from the North Hampshire District
The North Hampshire District Group continues to monitor planning applications within the area and to respond to concerns raised by members and the local community. These currently include proposals for new housing developments and the ongoing case of constructing a Motorway Service Area close to Hackwood Park near Basingstoke.
We have also been working with the county CPRE in preparing a reaction to the recently proposed Planning White Paper and have been in contact with our local MPs about this too.
It has not been possible during the prevailing coronavirus constraints to pursue our normal programme of fundraising events involving primarily garden visits during the summer. We recognise too that it is now not going to be possible to hold our popular Autumn Supper this year which was to have been on 31 October but we hope to substitute for this some other ‘remote’ event by which to keep in touch with members – and raise much needed funds!
Meanwhile, we are much engaged in a new proposal that could have a devastating effect on our area and notably on a beautiful part of the North Hampshire Downs. Portsmouth Estates, whose land lies along the south eastern side of the M3, have prepared a concept to build what is being described as a Garden Village near Swallick. It would comprise 2,500 new houses and cover 730 acres on a greenfield site that broaches the divide between the town of Basingstoke and open countryside. This area would be equivalent to that of the centre of Basingstoke, as highlighted in the illustration. It would also have a major impact on the adjacent villages of Cliddesden, Ellisfield and Winslade, who have now formed an action group known as STaNHD (Stand up for the North Hampshire Downs). This whole proposal is still at an early stage and there has not yet been any formal response from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, but we are of course following the situation closely.
North Hampshire District Group Chairman