Odiham Parish Council seeking meeting with developer

NEGOTIATIONS are going ahead about plans to develop a former car showroom in Odiham.

Odiham Parish Council has decided to break with its convention and speak to Linden Homes, the company seeking to develop the High Street site.

The site was used by BMW car dealer Wood until two months ago, when the company moved to its new premises in Griffin Way South in Hook.

Like other parish councils, Odiham has no planning powers, but it can object to Hart District Council , the local planning authority.

At a meeting last month, Councillor James Robinson-Giannasi, chairman of Odiham Parish Council, said the long-standing policy of the council was not to talk with developers before a planning application had been submitted.

But he added that an exception was made recently to talk to Bell Cornwell about their plan to build 89 homes at Hatchwood Farm.

He said: “It’s a very similar situation in that sense so we need to decide how we can approach them or meet with them while not exposing ourselves to compromise.”

Cllr Helen Fleming said discussions should be allowed to take place.

She said: “My view is that if it’s a particularly sensitive application then we should.”

The only person who disagreed with the proposal was Cllr Jeremy Fellows.

The parish council agreed to meet with Linden Homes, with at least two councillors present at any meeting and the parish clerk.

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2:56pm Fri 24 Aug 12

stevemac1970 says...

Such a shame that this garage is going. I had my first ever job there when I left school and so have many fond memories of the site. It was the head office of clover leaf cars then and the showroom and workshops were Mercedes Benz. Life goes on as they say.
Such a shame that this garage is going. I had my first ever job there when I left school and so have many fond memories of the site. It was the head office of clover leaf cars then and the showroom and workshops were Mercedes Benz. Life goes on as they say. stevemac1970

3:16pm Fri 24 Aug 12

sherfieldboy says...

Hows that a shame?

Its moving to bigger more modern premises, thats only a good thing for a business.
Hows that a shame? Its moving to bigger more modern premises, thats only a good thing for a business. sherfieldboy

3:27pm Fri 24 Aug 12

stevemac1970 says...

It's gone from the village, a part of odihams history and from a personal point of view, part of mine and many others I know. Yes it's gone to bigger premises but it's no longer in the village. When I was a teenager leaving school and starting out in the big wide world, there were 2 garage dealerships in Odiham, now there are none. If you believe that's good for the village then that's ok to have that view but I feel it's a shame that it's gone.
It's gone from the village, a part of odihams history and from a personal point of view, part of mine and many others I know. Yes it's gone to bigger premises but it's no longer in the village. When I was a teenager leaving school and starting out in the big wide world, there were 2 garage dealerships in Odiham, now there are none. If you believe that's good for the village then that's ok to have that view but I feel it's a shame that it's gone. stevemac1970

4:53pm Fri 24 Aug 12

jackwmd says...

I agree with stevemac1970 that it is such a shame about what is happening.
I agree with stevemac1970 that it is such a shame about what is happening. jackwmd

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