UPPER SWALLICK DEVELOPMENT – OBJECT NOW!

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT

Stand Up for The North Hampshire Downs – (STaNHD) Opposition to the proposed Cliddesden Area Mega Property Development

The coordinators of opposition (STaNHD) to the proposed  Cliddesden – (Upper Swallick )area property development scheme  are very appreciative of support to date. They now seek further help by responding to the Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan Consultation.

There are two parts of the consultation –  the “Promoted Sites” and the “Local Plan Update, Issues & Options”  This request concerns  the first part – Promoted Sites Consultation – which  is where the proposers of the Upper Swallick proposal are hoping for it to be accepted into the Local Plan.

STaNHD would like to encourage the strongest possible objection to this Consultation  and not lose this opportunity to shape the future of the North Hampshire Downs, ensuring that it does not become consumed by large housing developments.

Objections to The Promoted Sites must be lodged by 1600hrs on 9 Nov. To make things easy STaNHD have produced a pro forma ( see below) that just requires completion with contact details as shown and then emailed to Basingstoke council.  In addition or indeed instead, personal responses would be welcomed.

Email objections to local.plan@basingstoke.gov.uk
or write to:

Planning Policy Team
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Civic Offices, London Road
Basingstoke
RG21 4AH

In all correspondence it is very important to

Quote: Promoted Site Reference: CLID011 Upper Swallick

Include: Full Name, Address, and Email address.

All members of the household should respond individually – each response counts.

STaNHD’s list of Suggested Objections is as follows

  • It is in the countryside and does not meet the requirements of SS6.
    • It would appear from the concept document that all the houses cannot be delivered within the period of the Local Plan.
    • It is doubtful whether these houses are needed to meet the housing requirements of the Local Plan.
    • It would mean the loss of over 750 acres of valuable farmland.
    • Huge loss of biodiversity and wildlife.
    • It would remove access to the countryside from the South of Basingstoke.
    • It would produce 16,000 extra car journeys per day going through Brighton Hill, Hatch Warren, Cliddesden, along B3046 down through the Candovers and Dummer to M3, along A339 through Herriard, Upton Grey to North Warnborough and all the surrounding villages.
    • It covers areas of ancient woodland.
    • There are ancient burial sites on the land.
    • It is adjacent to the Conservation Area of Cliddesden and numerous listed buildings.
    • It covers areas of Ground Water Protection Zones.
    • It would increase the surface water flooding problems in Cliddesden, Winslade and along the A339.
    • It would swamp the Conservation Area, the village of Cliddesden, Ellisfield, Winslade and the surrounding villages.

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Promoted Sites Consultation: Response

Email copy of this form to Local.plan@basingstoke.gov.uk

Or Post to: Planning Policy Team, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4AH

**To be Lodged with the Council by 4pm Monday 9 November 2020**

Site Ref: CLID011 Upper Swallick

FULL NAME:………………………………………………………………

ADDRESS: ……………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………….

POST CODE: …………………………………………………………….. EMAIL:………………………………………………………………………

My Objections are as follows:

  • It is in the countryside and does not meet the requirements of SS6.
  • It would appear from the concept document that all the houses cannot be delivered within the period of the Local Plan.
  • It is doubtful whether these houses are needed to meet the housing requirements of the Local Plan.
  • It would mean the loss of over 750 acres of valuable farmland.
  • Huge loss of biodiversity and wildlife.
  • It would remove access to the countryside from the South of
  • Basingstoke.
  • It would produce 16,000 extra car journeys per day going through Brighton Hill, Hatch Warren, Cliddesden, along B3046 down throuthe Candovers & Dummer to M3, along A339 through Herriard, Upton Grey to North Warnborough and all the surrounding villages.
  • It covers areas of ancient woodland.
  • There are ancient burial sites on the land.
  • It is adjacent to the Conservation Area of Cliddesden and numerous listed buildings.
  • It covers areas of Ground Water Protection Zones.
  • It would increase the surface water flooding problems in Cliddesden, Winslade and along the A339.
  • It would swamp the Conservation Area, the village of Cliddesden, Ellisfield, Winslade and the surrounding villages.

 

COVID 19 2nd Wave Preparations

COVID -19   Here we go again!

In light of the rapidly increasing likelihood of further Govt imposed restrictions as a second wave of the Corona virus gathers momentum, it is prudent to take stock of where we as a village stand.  As a community we coped well the first time round and lessons learned should reduce the impact of uncertainty and apprehension this time. But we can still be better prepared. What is required NOW is:

  • WHO?
    • The identification of any vulnerable individuals or families who might newly need ( or continue to need ) assistance, noting that some might be reluctant to seek help.
    • Names of new volunteer helpers ( no need to re-offer) and any withdrawals.
  • WHAT?
    • Any specific requests for help and any related offers of response.
    • Any COVID related areas of concern or gaps.

 This all leads to “HOW?” – (targeted  assistance).

Localism. Experience tells us that local self help and neighbourly assistance is generally the best way ahead, making good use of social media in the form of the village WhatsApp ( Wield Together) – see more below.

Role of the Parish Council (PC) The best contribution to be made by the PC is in a coordinating role, stepping in directly only when local help cannot be  provided.

So What? How can you help?  Apart from being prepared to assist others, the PC would be grateful for any  “Who? & What?” responses.  This will permit:

  • Visibility of the bigger picture and identification of gaps
  • Matching need with availability
  • Minimising duplication of effort

which in turn will enable coordination of effort.

Village WhatsApp Group (Wield Together).  As the group has become a general chat line, please highlight any Covid related issue with the heading  “COVID”.  Any new applicant wishing to join the  group ( and the more the better) should first email Alwin Hutchinson ( wieldpc@gmail.com) with name and mobile phone number to be used.  (It is possible to leave the group at any time, and the number of alerts can also be reduced if they become intrusive.)

Contacts. The Parish Council stands by to assist.

Wield whatsapp ( Wield Together) co-ordinator Roland Richardson

WPC Clerk ( Mrs Jean Frost) 01420 561136 email jeanterry@uwclub.net

WPC.Chairman ( Alwin Hutchinson) 01420564391 email

wieldpc@gmail.com

Wield Village Hall Rules

New QR Scan item, see below….

The Village Hall is once again open for business ( to include meetings, dog training etc) as per Govt guidance  below:

“From 14 Sep, whether indoors or outdoors people from different households must not meet in groups of more than 6. This limit does not apply to meetings of a single household group or support bubble which is more than 6 people. Community facilities following COVID-19 secure guidelines can host more than 6 people in total, but no one should visit or socialise in a group of greater than 6. These rules will not apply to workplaces or education settings, alongside other exemptions.”

In addition, please also note that STRICT ATTENTION  MUST BE PAID TO SOCIAL DISTANCING, HAND WASHING/ SANITISING  (ENTRY & EXIT) AND WEARING OF FACE MASK. Note also that a QR facility to book in is now available by both doorways into the Hall.

If in any doubt, contact either Phil Pullinger (   07789 422721)  or Alwin Hutchinson ( 07766 600 149