Plans to build 550 new homes have been put forward

Basingstoke Gazette: Developers make homes application for Hook Developers make homes application for Hook

A PLAN to build 550 new homes in Hook has been put forward – just as a village leader is raising fresh house-building concerns with the local MP.

Croudace Strategic Ltd and David Wilson Homes Southern have submitted their long-awaited plan for 95 acres of land to the north east of Hook.

The plan involves the demolition of farm cottages and the building of the homes and three access points from London Road, Reading Road and Griffin Way North.

It also includes building sports pitches on the site, a community building with changing facilities and green spaces with play areas for children.

The plan, submitted to Hart District Council, reads: “The development would deliver a wide range of family dwellings (including up to 40 per cent affordable housing) in a high-quality environment which is both distinctive and responsive to the local character of the area.

“The development would contribute towards maintaining the vitality and viability of Hook through the provision of new and improved facilities, benefiting both new residents and the wider community.”

Hart planning chiefs aim to give their verdict on the outline planning application by July 7.

Meanwhile Iain Chalmers, chairman of Hook Parish Council, has written to James Arbuthnot, MP for North East Hampshire, about increased development in the village, which he called “unfair and wrong”.

He said that last year’s rejection of Hart’s Local Plan – its blueprint for future development – has led to an “open season” for developers, attrac-ted to the village by its good road and rail links.

Cllr Chalmers wrote: “We believe the sum total of the applications that have already been received, together with those expected within a few weeks, are simply unsustainable.

“Our community does not have the infrastructure to support what would amount to about a 22 per cent increase in population in the time-scales envisaged.”

He called on Mr Arbuthnot to raise the “weaknesses” of the planning system with the relevant ministers in Government, and to pressure them to ensure that planning officers at Hart can still use the failed Local Plan when considering planning applications.

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9:38am Sun 20 Apr 14

OvercrowdedCountry says...

Unless action is taken to control and reduce the population, there will never be enough housing. Can someone please explain how this country's housing shortage is helped by allowing uncontrolled immigration from other EU countries? We shall end up concreting over our countryside to provide accommodation for citizens from elsewhere. This country is already horribly overcrowded. Presumably politicians will not care until it affects them personally; and I don't suppose there will be any housing estates being built in Mapledurwell in the near future. We do not have endless amounts of water, gas, electricity, or food. What's going to happen when we have shortages of these essential supplies?
Unless action is taken to control and reduce the population, there will never be enough housing. Can someone please explain how this country's housing shortage is helped by allowing uncontrolled immigration from other EU countries? We shall end up concreting over our countryside to provide accommodation for citizens from elsewhere. This country is already horribly overcrowded. Presumably politicians will not care until it affects them personally; and I don't suppose there will be any housing estates being built in Mapledurwell in the near future. We do not have endless amounts of water, gas, electricity, or food. What's going to happen when we have shortages of these essential supplies? OvercrowdedCountry
  • Score: 8

12:00pm Sun 20 Apr 14

jonone says...

OvercrowdedCountry wrote:
Unless action is taken to control and reduce the population, there will never be enough housing. Can someone please explain how this country's housing shortage is helped by allowing uncontrolled immigration from other EU countries? We shall end up concreting over our countryside to provide accommodation for citizens from elsewhere. This country is already horribly overcrowded. Presumably politicians will not care until it affects them personally; and I don't suppose there will be any housing estates being built in Mapledurwell in the near future. We do not have endless amounts of water, gas, electricity, or food. What's going to happen when we have shortages of these essential supplies?
Why is immigration always the first blame? Are British people no longer having kids?
[quote][p][bold]OvercrowdedCountry[/bold] wrote: Unless action is taken to control and reduce the population, there will never be enough housing. Can someone please explain how this country's housing shortage is helped by allowing uncontrolled immigration from other EU countries? We shall end up concreting over our countryside to provide accommodation for citizens from elsewhere. This country is already horribly overcrowded. Presumably politicians will not care until it affects them personally; and I don't suppose there will be any housing estates being built in Mapledurwell in the near future. We do not have endless amounts of water, gas, electricity, or food. What's going to happen when we have shortages of these essential supplies?[/p][/quote]Why is immigration always the first blame? Are British people no longer having kids? jonone
  • Score: -7

1:54pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Sensory says...

jonone wrote:
OvercrowdedCountry wrote:
Unless action is taken to control and reduce the population, there will never be enough housing. Can someone please explain how this country's housing shortage is helped by allowing uncontrolled immigration from other EU countries? We shall end up concreting over our countryside to provide accommodation for citizens from elsewhere. This country is already horribly overcrowded. Presumably politicians will not care until it affects them personally; and I don't suppose there will be any housing estates being built in Mapledurwell in the near future. We do not have endless amounts of water, gas, electricity, or food. What's going to happen when we have shortages of these essential supplies?
Why is immigration always the first blame? Are British people no longer having kids?
Unfortunately, for people who already own their own homes, ANYTHING other than more house building will be the main focus for their 'logic'.

We build about half as many houses each year as we need in the country, and with the standard reaction to more homes being this:...

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...I think non-homeowners will continue with their 2nd class servitude. Maybe we should just put the excess people in this country into a furnace and be done with it? It'll protect the precious house prices/green fields/newts/water etc
[quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OvercrowdedCountry[/bold] wrote: Unless action is taken to control and reduce the population, there will never be enough housing. Can someone please explain how this country's housing shortage is helped by allowing uncontrolled immigration from other EU countries? We shall end up concreting over our countryside to provide accommodation for citizens from elsewhere. This country is already horribly overcrowded. Presumably politicians will not care until it affects them personally; and I don't suppose there will be any housing estates being built in Mapledurwell in the near future. We do not have endless amounts of water, gas, electricity, or food. What's going to happen when we have shortages of these essential supplies?[/p][/quote]Why is immigration always the first blame? Are British people no longer having kids?[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, for people who already own their own homes, ANYTHING other than more house building will be the main focus for their 'logic'. We build about half as many houses each year as we need in the country, and with the standard reaction to more homes being this:... http://www.basingsto kegazette.co.uk/news /11161186.Overton_vi llagers_vow_to_fight _plans_to_build_hous es_on_Great_North_Fi eld/ ...I think non-homeowners will continue with their 2nd class servitude. Maybe we should just put the excess people in this country into a furnace and be done with it? It'll protect the precious house prices/green fields/newts/water etc Sensory
  • Score: -7

10:37pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Peter H. says...

Jonone:

Perhaps it’s because immigration is such an easy target and politicians know we prefer scapegoats to reality.

For some reason, we don’t want to recognise that 2m Britons now live in Europe, or that over a quarter of them are retired (I wonder how happy we will be to pay for the health and social care for an extra half million pensioners!)

We also ignore that nearly 8 million people are now living in single person households, that’s about a third of all homes - double the number of a few years ago (The fastest growth is coming from the 45-64 age groups now almost 2.5m).

This change alone is creating huge pressure on our housing stock (+2m extra homes needed), but instead we prefer to blame everything on ‘immigration’. It’s even got to a point where if an immigrant works, they are ‘stealing jobs’; if not, they are ‘benefit tourists.’

The truth is, much of this debate is one-sided and ill-formed. We are spoon-fed Snake Oil stories and ‘facts’ which few of us ever bother to question. I once attended a UKIP meeting (plenty of self-pity and handwringing on display) with lots of banging on about ‘Net Migration’ statistics. When I mentioned I was a returning ex-pat and therefore included in those figures, it caused some commotion.

As one Ukipper said to me ‘better you stayed here than become a foreigner.’ Go figure.
Jonone: Perhaps it’s because immigration is such an easy target and politicians know we prefer scapegoats to reality. For some reason, we don’t want to recognise that 2m Britons now live in Europe, or that over a quarter of them are retired (I wonder how happy we will be to pay for the health and social care for an extra half million pensioners!) We also ignore that nearly 8 million people are now living in single person households, that’s about a third of all homes - double the number of a few years ago (The fastest growth is coming from the 45-64 age groups now almost 2.5m). This change alone is creating huge pressure on our housing stock (+2m extra homes needed), but instead we prefer to blame everything on ‘immigration’. It’s even got to a point where if an immigrant works, they are ‘stealing jobs’; if not, they are ‘benefit tourists.’ The truth is, much of this debate is one-sided and ill-formed. We are spoon-fed Snake Oil stories and ‘facts’ which few of us ever bother to question. I once attended a UKIP meeting (plenty of self-pity and handwringing on display) with lots of banging on about ‘Net Migration’ statistics. When I mentioned I was a returning ex-pat and therefore included in those figures, it caused some commotion. As one Ukipper said to me ‘better you stayed here than become a foreigner.’ Go figure. Peter H.
  • Score: -4

11:49pm Tue 22 Apr 14

John Hampshire says...

Peter H. wrote:
Jonone:

Perhaps it’s because immigration is such an easy target and politicians know we prefer scapegoats to reality.

For some reason, we don’t want to recognise that 2m Britons now live in Europe, or that over a quarter of them are retired (I wonder how happy we will be to pay for the health and social care for an extra half million pensioners!)

We also ignore that nearly 8 million people are now living in single person households, that’s about a third of all homes - double the number of a few years ago (The fastest growth is coming from the 45-64 age groups now almost 2.5m).

This change alone is creating huge pressure on our housing stock (+2m extra homes needed), but instead we prefer to blame everything on ‘immigration’. It’s even got to a point where if an immigrant works, they are ‘stealing jobs’; if not, they are ‘benefit tourists.’

The truth is, much of this debate is one-sided and ill-formed. We are spoon-fed Snake Oil stories and ‘facts’ which few of us ever bother to question. I once attended a UKIP meeting (plenty of self-pity and handwringing on display) with lots of banging on about ‘Net Migration’ statistics. When I mentioned I was a returning ex-pat and therefore included in those figures, it caused some commotion.

As one Ukipper said to me ‘better you stayed here than become a foreigner.’ Go figure.
Peter,
Thank you for pointing out the scale of the home-grown pressures on housing. You have convinced me that we can't possibly cater for these and also continue to accommodate the sort of numbers that have been arriving from overseas in recent years.

The 'Net Migration' figures, as provided by the ONS, allow for the people who have left to live abroad. Although you might now show up as an immigrant, you would have reduced the immigrant total for the year in which you left to live abroad.
[quote][p][bold]Peter H.[/bold] wrote: Jonone: Perhaps it’s because immigration is such an easy target and politicians know we prefer scapegoats to reality. For some reason, we don’t want to recognise that 2m Britons now live in Europe, or that over a quarter of them are retired (I wonder how happy we will be to pay for the health and social care for an extra half million pensioners!) We also ignore that nearly 8 million people are now living in single person households, that’s about a third of all homes - double the number of a few years ago (The fastest growth is coming from the 45-64 age groups now almost 2.5m). This change alone is creating huge pressure on our housing stock (+2m extra homes needed), but instead we prefer to blame everything on ‘immigration’. It’s even got to a point where if an immigrant works, they are ‘stealing jobs’; if not, they are ‘benefit tourists.’ The truth is, much of this debate is one-sided and ill-formed. We are spoon-fed Snake Oil stories and ‘facts’ which few of us ever bother to question. I once attended a UKIP meeting (plenty of self-pity and handwringing on display) with lots of banging on about ‘Net Migration’ statistics. When I mentioned I was a returning ex-pat and therefore included in those figures, it caused some commotion. As one Ukipper said to me ‘better you stayed here than become a foreigner.’ Go figure.[/p][/quote]Peter, Thank you for pointing out the scale of the home-grown pressures on housing. You have convinced me that we can't possibly cater for these and also continue to accommodate the sort of numbers that have been arriving from overseas in recent years. The 'Net Migration' figures, as provided by the ONS, allow for the people who have left to live abroad. Although you might now show up as an immigrant, you would have reduced the immigrant total for the year in which you left to live abroad. John Hampshire
  • Score: 3

9:32am Wed 23 Apr 14

Hooked on you says...

Why do we, in Hook, have to have another Supermarket to accomadate, Oildham, Hartney Wintney and Rotherwick. How about considering putting a supermarket in either of these areas. No we can't possiblely do that can we. I don't want another Supermarket OR housing estate in Hook. I tried calling the doctor's surgery yesterday for 56 mins and couldn't get through so in the end I walked there to make an appointment. The infratstrucure can't cope now so what's it going to be like in future?
Why do we, in Hook, have to have another Supermarket to accomadate, Oildham, Hartney Wintney and Rotherwick. How about considering putting a supermarket in either of these areas. No we can't possiblely do that can we. I don't want another Supermarket OR housing estate in Hook. I tried calling the doctor's surgery yesterday for 56 mins and couldn't get through so in the end I walked there to make an appointment. The infratstrucure can't cope now so what's it going to be like in future? Hooked on you
  • Score: 10

8:07pm Wed 23 Apr 14

jonone says...

Peter H. wrote:
Jonone:

Perhaps it’s because immigration is such an easy target and politicians know we prefer scapegoats to reality.

For some reason, we don’t want to recognise that 2m Britons now live in Europe, or that over a quarter of them are retired (I wonder how happy we will be to pay for the health and social care for an extra half million pensioners!)

We also ignore that nearly 8 million people are now living in single person households, that’s about a third of all homes - double the number of a few years ago (The fastest growth is coming from the 45-64 age groups now almost 2.5m).

This change alone is creating huge pressure on our housing stock (+2m extra homes needed), but instead we prefer to blame everything on ‘immigration’. It’s even got to a point where if an immigrant works, they are ‘stealing jobs’; if not, they are ‘benefit tourists.’

The truth is, much of this debate is one-sided and ill-formed. We are spoon-fed Snake Oil stories and ‘facts’ which few of us ever bother to question. I once attended a UKIP meeting (plenty of self-pity and handwringing on display) with lots of banging on about ‘Net Migration’ statistics. When I mentioned I was a returning ex-pat and therefore included in those figures, it caused some commotion.

As one Ukipper said to me ‘better you stayed here than become a foreigner.’ Go figure.
Well said. Speaks volumes about this part of the country that your comment is voted down.
[quote][p][bold]Peter H.[/bold] wrote: Jonone: Perhaps it’s because immigration is such an easy target and politicians know we prefer scapegoats to reality. For some reason, we don’t want to recognise that 2m Britons now live in Europe, or that over a quarter of them are retired (I wonder how happy we will be to pay for the health and social care for an extra half million pensioners!) We also ignore that nearly 8 million people are now living in single person households, that’s about a third of all homes - double the number of a few years ago (The fastest growth is coming from the 45-64 age groups now almost 2.5m). This change alone is creating huge pressure on our housing stock (+2m extra homes needed), but instead we prefer to blame everything on ‘immigration’. It’s even got to a point where if an immigrant works, they are ‘stealing jobs’; if not, they are ‘benefit tourists.’ The truth is, much of this debate is one-sided and ill-formed. We are spoon-fed Snake Oil stories and ‘facts’ which few of us ever bother to question. I once attended a UKIP meeting (plenty of self-pity and handwringing on display) with lots of banging on about ‘Net Migration’ statistics. When I mentioned I was a returning ex-pat and therefore included in those figures, it caused some commotion. As one Ukipper said to me ‘better you stayed here than become a foreigner.’ Go figure.[/p][/quote]Well said. Speaks volumes about this part of the country that your comment is voted down. jonone
  • Score: -3

7:34pm Fri 25 Apr 14

OvercrowdedCountry says...

"Unless action is taken to control and reduce the population, there will never be enough housing."

I started my comment with the above statement. "Population" means everyone in the country. But it is easier to control immigration than to persuade people to have smaller families. The point is that this country is horribly overcrowded, and we need to reduce the population. It doesn't matter whether immigrants are hard-working or scroungers: just like UK citizens, immigrants need to live somewhere, they need to eat, they use gas and electricity, and they create an extra demand on our very unpredictable water supplies. We already have to import food, gas, and electricity; how long before we need to import water? Can no-one see how vulnerable this makes us? I do not want us to leave the EU; but the current policy on immigration is out of touch with reality, and it needs to be changed.
"Unless action is taken to control and reduce the population, there will never be enough housing." I started my comment with the above statement. "Population" means everyone in the country. But it is easier to control immigration than to persuade people to have smaller families. The point is that this country is horribly overcrowded, and we need to reduce the population. It doesn't matter whether immigrants are hard-working or scroungers: just like UK citizens, immigrants need to live somewhere, they need to eat, they use gas and electricity, and they create an extra demand on our very unpredictable water supplies. We already have to import food, gas, and electricity; how long before we need to import water? Can no-one see how vulnerable this makes us? I do not want us to leave the EU; but the current policy on immigration is out of touch with reality, and it needs to be changed. OvercrowdedCountry
  • Score: 2

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