Angry reaction to plans to build up to 300 homes

Overton villagers vow to fight plans to build houses on Great North Field

Overton villagers vow to fight plans to build houses on Great North Field

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

BOOS and laughter from residents greeted plans to possibly build 300 homes on a green field in Overton.

Dandara is currently acting as the promoter for development on Great North Field, west of Kingsclere Road, but is in discussion with the landowners about acting as the actual developer.

Tim Parfitt, development manager at the company, gave a presentation to a packed meeting of Overton Parish Council last Wednesday.

Villagers reacted angrily, with boos and laughter, when he told them that up to 300 homes could be built on the field.

He said: “Theoretically, that field, with 20 per cent open spaces, could accommodate up to 300 homes.”

There was applause when one member of the public responded: “It is a beautiful field. All you can see is an open space which needs houses on it – we do not agree.”

Councillor Jacky Lessware said: “I said that that was the one field where I would lie down in front of the bulldozers. I still feel that way. You will have an enormous fight on your hands.”

As previously reported in The Gazette, Overton Hill has already been earmarked for 120 homes in the draft Local Plan drawn up by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, but a further 150 homes must be built in the village.

The general consensus at the meeting was that if homes must be built, it would be better to spread them around the village rather than have them concentrated in one development.

Mr Parfitt said that if Dandara is limited to building 150 homes, the company would only use half of the site.

There were questions about how the infrastructure of the village would cope with an influx of 300 homes on a single site, and Mr Parfitt said these issues would be addressed through the commissioning of a number of reports.

He added: “We can’t ride roughshod through this.”

The meeting heard that no planning application has yet been submitted, and that the parish council talk was simply a way to listen to residents and to gather their views.

Cllr Lucy Sloane Williams asked Mr Parfitt: “How much money will you spend before you realise you do not have a choice (about building on the field)?

“I think you will find very strong opinion here. Most people are most unhappy about the allocation of housing.”

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2:11pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Sensory says...

I can guess that this meeting involved less than 100 families trying to stop 300 families from the possibility of living in their village?
I can guess that this meeting involved less than 100 families trying to stop 300 families from the possibility of living in their village? Sensory
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8:16am Tue 22 Apr 14

Buster Preciation says...

300 houses is a large number to be built in what is only a 'village'. I find it strange that planning laws exist to stop people painting the outside of their houses bright pink or erecting a garage too close to their fence but when it comes to building 300 homes on a green field the law or authorities switch sides.
The local secondary school is oversubscribed. I wonder if the local NHS GP's surgery and dental practice are geared up for 1000 or so more patients. And as for all those tourists trying to find a shop that Jane Austin might have popped in to once.... where are they all going to park?
300 houses is a large number to be built in what is only a 'village'. I find it strange that planning laws exist to stop people painting the outside of their houses bright pink or erecting a garage too close to their fence but when it comes to building 300 homes on a green field the law or authorities switch sides. The local secondary school is oversubscribed. I wonder if the local NHS GP's surgery and dental practice are geared up for 1000 or so more patients. And as for all those tourists trying to find a shop that Jane Austin might have popped in to once.... where are they all going to park? Buster Preciation
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