Fears that new homes in Old Basing could be at risk of flooding

Basingstoke Gazette: Cllr Onnalee Cubitt Cllr Onnalee Cubitt

NEW homes proposed for Old Basing could be at risk of flooding – that is the fear of one borough councillor.

Sites in Old Basing that have been earmarked for possible development include Lodge Farm, Poors Farm and Hodds Farm. Both Lodge Farm and Poors Farm have flood zones two and three running through the sites.

Lodge Farm and Poors Farm have both been given the highest flood rating out of all the proposed development areas included in the draft Local Plan, in a flood risk assessment.

Hodds Farm has not been included in the draft Local Plan but is being considered for development by Taylor Wimpey. The site has not been subject to a flood risk assessment.

Onnalee Cubitt, Independent councillor for Old Basing, has expressed concern that these potential housing developments could be flooded, especially if the borough experiences a repeat of weather seen in the past few weeks.

She told The Gazette: “They should never have been selected because the Environment Agency said most of the sites east of Basing were not appropriate for development. These sites have a very, very big problem and it is the most ridiculous place to build houses.”

Discussing the Hodds Farm site, Cllr Cubitt added: “There are already bad run-off problems at Hodds Farm and the flood plain has to be protected. The A30 is flooded every year, and at the moment they are considering putting homes there. It has not been evaluated yet but the council is considering the site so it is very real.”

David Edwards, senior strategic planning manager for Taylor Wimpey, said: “The land we are promoting for development incorporates Poors Farm, Lodge Farm and Hodds Farm.

“We have been promoting land at East Basingstoke for development for a number of years. No development will be proposed within the flood plain, and a flood risk assessment will be carried out to ensure any issues are dealt with to the satisfaction of the local planning authority and the Environment Agency.”

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6:32pm Tue 4 Mar 14

AHSTONE says...

Ukip is committed to local referenda on large scale planning issues. Local people have a much better understanding of the landscape and local needs.
Onnalee should join up.
Ukip is committed to local referenda on large scale planning issues. Local people have a much better understanding of the landscape and local needs. Onnalee should join up. AHSTONE
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9:54am Wed 5 Mar 14

JJ38JJ says...

AHSTONE wrote:
Ukip is committed to local referenda on large scale planning issues. Local people have a much better understanding of the landscape and local needs.
Onnalee should join up.
You are recommending that an elected and independent councillor join a political party? I'm sure the residents in her ward would love that. Is that how UKIP plans to get councillors? Wait until they win a seat and then hope they join or defect?
[quote][p][bold]AHSTONE[/bold] wrote: Ukip is committed to local referenda on large scale planning issues. Local people have a much better understanding of the landscape and local needs. Onnalee should join up.[/p][/quote]You are recommending that an elected and independent councillor join a political party? I'm sure the residents in her ward would love that. Is that how UKIP plans to get councillors? Wait until they win a seat and then hope they join or defect? JJ38JJ
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9:46pm Sun 9 Mar 14

AHSTONE says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
AHSTONE wrote: Ukip is committed to local referenda on large scale planning issues. Local people have a much better understanding of the landscape and local needs. Onnalee should join up.
You are recommending that an elected and independent councillor join a political party? I'm sure the residents in her ward would love that. Is that how UKIP plans to get councillors? Wait until they win a seat and then hope they join or defect?
Cllr Cubitt was elected as a Conservative councillor.She and they parted company over a variety of issues, one of which was planning.
Her term is up this may and she may be standing for re-election as an independant.
As Her views on local planning and Ukip's views are comparable, it would not be unreasonable for Ukip to offer Her the chance to join a party that does not force its local councillors to toe the party line.
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AHSTONE[/bold] wrote: Ukip is committed to local referenda on large scale planning issues. Local people have a much better understanding of the landscape and local needs. Onnalee should join up.[/p][/quote]You are recommending that an elected and independent councillor join a political party? I'm sure the residents in her ward would love that. Is that how UKIP plans to get councillors? Wait until they win a seat and then hope they join or defect?[/p][/quote]Cllr Cubitt was elected as a Conservative councillor.She and they parted company over a variety of issues, one of which was planning. Her term is up this may and she may be standing for re-election as an independant. As Her views on local planning and Ukip's views are comparable, it would not be unreasonable for Ukip to offer Her the chance to join a party that does not force its local councillors to toe the party line. AHSTONE
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7:41am Mon 10 Mar 14

Best_Name_Ever says...

AHSTONE wrote:
JJ38JJ wrote:
AHSTONE wrote: Ukip is committed to local referenda on large scale planning issues. Local people have a much better understanding of the landscape and local needs. Onnalee should join up.
You are recommending that an elected and independent councillor join a political party? I'm sure the residents in her ward would love that. Is that how UKIP plans to get councillors? Wait until they win a seat and then hope they join or defect?
Cllr Cubitt was elected as a Conservative councillor.She and they parted company over a variety of issues, one of which was planning.
Her term is up this may and she may be standing for re-election as an independant.
As Her views on local planning and Ukip's views are comparable, it would not be unreasonable for Ukip to offer Her the chance to join a party that does not force its local councillors to toe the party line.
Just like Cllr West waited for a re election.
[quote][p][bold]AHSTONE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AHSTONE[/bold] wrote: Ukip is committed to local referenda on large scale planning issues. Local people have a much better understanding of the landscape and local needs. Onnalee should join up.[/p][/quote]You are recommending that an elected and independent councillor join a political party? I'm sure the residents in her ward would love that. Is that how UKIP plans to get councillors? Wait until they win a seat and then hope they join or defect?[/p][/quote]Cllr Cubitt was elected as a Conservative councillor.She and they parted company over a variety of issues, one of which was planning. Her term is up this may and she may be standing for re-election as an independant. As Her views on local planning and Ukip's views are comparable, it would not be unreasonable for Ukip to offer Her the chance to join a party that does not force its local councillors to toe the party line.[/p][/quote]Just like Cllr West waited for a re election. Best_Name_Ever
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