Government over-rules Basingstoke and Deane to give major development the green light

Basingstoke Gazette: Kennel Farm, off the A30 Winchester Road Kennel Farm, off the A30 Winchester Road

MORE than 300 homes will be built on a Basingstoke site after the Government gave the green light to the plans.

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has given Wates go-ahead for 310 homes on Kennel Farm, off the A30 Winchester Road, after over-ruling the wishes of Basingstoke and Deane borough councillors.

Councillors rejected the outline plans last year, after the developer appealed to the planning inspectorate, saying the authority took too long to decide on the application.

In refusing the application, councillors claimed that the development was significant for the area and would lead to over-development. They also pointed to the impact on the environment and local biodiversity and said the development would fail to provide a safe and convenient access for walking and cycling from the site, above.

Mr Pickles’ decision follows a week-long inquiry by planning inspector Jonathan King last November. In a 41-page report, Mr King said: “Outline planning permission is granted for up to 310 residential units comprising one, two, three, four and five-bedroom units, including affordable housing.”

The inspector pointed to the borough’s lack of a five-year land supply and affordable housing, adding: “It is reasonable to conclude that a very substantial amount of new housing will be required to be built in Basingstoke during the Local Plan period, and that a large proportion of it will have to be accommodated on presently undeveloped land.”

Councillor Terri Reid, ward member for Hatch Warren and Beggarwood, said: “I am very disappointed. I spoke at the inquiry and do not think it is a sustainable site.”

Dummer Parish Council chairman Julian Jones added: “Obviously, we are not happy. This decision destroys the rural feel of that area that is enjoyed by dog walkers from Beggarwood and Kempshott, and we think it is unsustainable. It will add to the pressure on local schools which are already fully subscribed.”

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2:18pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Opinions_opinions says...

Are we surprised ? Are the Councillors upset because they didn't get a chance to buy the land before the development ? Is this the best place for it ? What do Wates have planned for the development of the road given that this is going to cause a lot more traffic ? I have been on the Wates site and cannot see any new road developments. See this link http://www.wates.co.
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ke-1012 So, what is everyone's opinion , Good Bad or Ugly ?
Are we surprised ? Are the Councillors upset because they didn't get a chance to buy the land before the development ? Is this the best place for it ? What do Wates have planned for the development of the road given that this is going to cause a lot more traffic ? I have been on the Wates site and cannot see any new road developments. See this link http://www.wates.co. uk/project-stories/k ennel-farm-basingsto ke-1012 So, what is everyone's opinion , Good Bad or Ugly ? Opinions_opinions
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9:28pm Tue 28 Jan 14

jonone says...

Opinions_opinions wrote:
Are we surprised ? Are the Councillors upset because they didn't get a chance to buy the land before the development ? Is this the best place for it ? What do Wates have planned for the development of the road given that this is going to cause a lot more traffic ? I have been on the Wates site and cannot see any new road developments. See this link http://www.wates.co.

uk/project-stories/k

ennel-farm-basingsto

ke-1012 So, what is everyone's opinion , Good Bad or Ugly ?
Bad location, will add another traffic light junction between Kempshott Roundabout and the motorway, not to mention increase in traffic.
[quote][p][bold]Opinions_opinions[/bold] wrote: Are we surprised ? Are the Councillors upset because they didn't get a chance to buy the land before the development ? Is this the best place for it ? What do Wates have planned for the development of the road given that this is going to cause a lot more traffic ? I have been on the Wates site and cannot see any new road developments. See this link http://www.wates.co. uk/project-stories/k ennel-farm-basingsto ke-1012 So, what is everyone's opinion , Good Bad or Ugly ?[/p][/quote]Bad location, will add another traffic light junction between Kempshott Roundabout and the motorway, not to mention increase in traffic. jonone
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8:19am Thu 30 Jan 14

Buster Preciation says...

When Brighton Hill was built they built a secondary school as well. Then they built Kempshott, then Kempshott Rise, then Hatch Warren, then Beggarwood and now Kennel Farm. So how many houses is that since a school was built? And as for the roads, some of the new residents will access their homes via the M3 but most will add to the congestion on the A30 / Winchester Road and the rat running through Kempshott, and Hatch Warren / Brighton Hill.
I'm with the local authority on this one and central government (and the last lot were just as bad) are wrong to impose targets from 50 miles away.
When Brighton Hill was built they built a secondary school as well. Then they built Kempshott, then Kempshott Rise, then Hatch Warren, then Beggarwood and now Kennel Farm. So how many houses is that since a school was built? And as for the roads, some of the new residents will access their homes via the M3 but most will add to the congestion on the A30 / Winchester Road and the rat running through Kempshott, and Hatch Warren / Brighton Hill. I'm with the local authority on this one and central government (and the last lot were just as bad) are wrong to impose targets from 50 miles away. Buster Preciation
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1:10pm Thu 30 Jan 14

jonone says...

Buster Preciation wrote:
When Brighton Hill was built they built a secondary school as well. Then they built Kempshott, then Kempshott Rise, then Hatch Warren, then Beggarwood and now Kennel Farm. So how many houses is that since a school was built? And as for the roads, some of the new residents will access their homes via the M3 but most will add to the congestion on the A30 / Winchester Road and the rat running through Kempshott, and Hatch Warren / Brighton Hill. I'm with the local authority on this one and central government (and the last lot were just as bad) are wrong to impose targets from 50 miles away.
There is talk of a bypass to the west of Basingstoke, possibly linking the M3 J7 with the A339 - not that it would do a huge amount for this development though!

I am afraid I am a guilty party re: rat-running through Kempshott, merely because it cuts out the chaos that is central Basingstoke and drivers who cannot see roadsigns!
[quote][p][bold]Buster Preciation[/bold] wrote: When Brighton Hill was built they built a secondary school as well. Then they built Kempshott, then Kempshott Rise, then Hatch Warren, then Beggarwood and now Kennel Farm. So how many houses is that since a school was built? And as for the roads, some of the new residents will access their homes via the M3 but most will add to the congestion on the A30 / Winchester Road and the rat running through Kempshott, and Hatch Warren / Brighton Hill. I'm with the local authority on this one and central government (and the last lot were just as bad) are wrong to impose targets from 50 miles away.[/p][/quote]There is talk of a bypass to the west of Basingstoke, possibly linking the M3 J7 with the A339 - not that it would do a huge amount for this development though! I am afraid I am a guilty party re: rat-running through Kempshott, merely because it cuts out the chaos that is central Basingstoke and drivers who cannot see roadsigns! jonone
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