Robert Worsley has made the news recently by famously turning down an offer of £275m for his land in Sussex, saying:
‘What would I be doing to my neighbours and the other farmers round here? I could not be held responsible for putting the area under concrete.’
His principled stand to protect the legacy he leaves behind for future generations has won admiration across the country.
Andrew Renshaw, one of the landowners in Winchfield took a stand against development even before Robert Worsley, by expressing his strong opposition to a new town and he put up signs saying his part of Winchfield is not for sale.
Might it be possible to persuade the other landowners in Winchfield to think about the legacy they might be leaving for future generations and turn down the offers from the voracious developers? That might force a much stronger focus on brownfield development and a more common sense approach to Hart Council’s Local Plan.