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Plan will decide where 150 homes should go in Overton
A PLAN which will set out where 150 homes should go in Overton is to be prepared by the parish council.
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 Overton and the borough council is allowing local people to have a say about which fields should disappear under development.
Overton council had previously voted in favour of drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan, but chairman Tom Ridler wanted to find out which individual councillors were in support of it, after few had turned up to meetings to discuss the document.
He said: “I want to be certain that if I push this forward I have got strong support.”
He added: “The question is do we do a Neigh-bourhood Plan and decide where we want to distribute 150 houses or do we let Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council decide where to put them?”
Ten councillors said they supported creating a neighbourhood plan. Only Cllr Peter Baker said he was against.
He said: “I’m pessimistic that whatever we decide, the current administration can overrule us and all our efforts would be for nothing.”
Borough Cllr Ian Tilbury said: “If we do nothing they will put the houses on Two Gate Lane. If we do the plan we might come up with better sites.”
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