Plan to build 70 homes in Worting rejected by Basingstoke and Deane

New homes plan rejected

New homes plan rejected

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A CONTROVERSIAL housing development that would have seen 70 new homes built in a Basingstoke village has been turned down because of concerns about over-development.

Wates Developments Limited applied to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for full planning permission to build the new homes in Worting in December.

If approved, the housing development would have seen the 70 homes, including 28 affordable properties, built on land at Worting Farm and a new access road constructed off Worting Road.

The site has been an area of contention between local residents and the developers since 2010, when the borough council rejected a planning application for permission to build 134 new homes because of concerns over the impact on the character of the Worting Conservation Area.

Councillors on the borough council’s development control committee have now rejected the latest application, voting unanimously to block the latest bid because of concerns about over-development in the village.

Councillor David Potter, Labour borough councillor for Popley East, moved a motion to reject the application at the meeting, saying: “As far as Worting village is concerned, I want to see it supported – I want to see it maintained. I think it (the application) is over-development, and it represents substantial harm to the conservation area.”

Fellow Labour Norden councillor George Hood added: “I think we need to protect this village and if we were to approve this tonight, we would not protect it.”

The meeting also heard from Gary Sumner, chairman of the Worting Area Residents’ Association, who urged councillors to reject the 70-homes bid.

He said: “There is also great concern in our village, in Newfound, Oakley and Overton that the unprecedented development of Worting Farm, and loss of green space will lead to future development in these villages also.

“We have great concern regarding the proposed application that 70 dwellings is extensive and inappropriate for our existing hamlet of 37 homes. If approved, this application will treble the size of Worting Village. We urge you to reject this application, and maintain the character of Worting by maintaining the buffer of open green space at Worting Farm.”

Jeremy Farrelly, from Genesis Town Planning Limited, who is the planning consultant for the developer, told the meeting that the development would suit everybody, saying: “It is a real mix of people living here in terms of families, elderly people and people who are starting out on the property ladder.”

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1:32pm Tue 13 May 14

JJ38JJ says...

If 28 were proposed to be affordable does that make the 42 unaffordable? Worting village - don't think I've ever been there. Where's the centre of the village?
If 28 were proposed to be affordable does that make the 42 unaffordable? Worting village - don't think I've ever been there. Where's the centre of the village? JJ38JJ
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1:51pm Tue 13 May 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
If 28 were proposed to be affordable does that make the 42 unaffordable? Worting village - don't think I've ever been there. Where's the centre of the village?
http://www.worting.c
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[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: If 28 were proposed to be affordable does that make the 42 unaffordable? Worting village - don't think I've ever been there. Where's the centre of the village?[/p][/quote]http://www.worting.c om/ Sam_Walker123456
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6:16pm Tue 13 May 14

Elena Ellie says...

So the plan for Worting has been rejected "because of concerns over the impact on the character of the Worting Conservation Area".

Can we trust that the same consideration will be given to Oakley? I hope so but very much doubt it.
So the plan for Worting has been rejected "because of concerns over the impact on the character of the Worting Conservation Area". Can we trust that the same consideration will be given to Oakley? I hope so but very much doubt it. Elena Ellie
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11:26am Wed 14 May 14

JJ38JJ says...

Elena Ellie wrote:
So the plan for Worting has been rejected "because of concerns over the impact on the character of the Worting Conservation Area".

Can we trust that the same consideration will be given to Oakley? I hope so but very much doubt it.
As far as impact is concerned the numbers are a bit different. In Worting they wanted to build 70 homes in a hamlet that only currently has 37. In Oakley they want to build 107 in a village of hundreds of houses. Worting is still lucky enough to have a conservation area to fall back on. Oakley long outgrew that luxury.
[quote][p][bold]Elena Ellie[/bold] wrote: So the plan for Worting has been rejected "because of concerns over the impact on the character of the Worting Conservation Area". Can we trust that the same consideration will be given to Oakley? I hope so but very much doubt it.[/p][/quote]As far as impact is concerned the numbers are a bit different. In Worting they wanted to build 70 homes in a hamlet that only currently has 37. In Oakley they want to build 107 in a village of hundreds of houses. Worting is still lucky enough to have a conservation area to fall back on. Oakley long outgrew that luxury. JJ38JJ
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