As we posted earlier, we have submitted the We ♥ Hart petition with 2,130 responses to Hart District Council and the council have set out the process by which they will consider the petition.
We have drafted some suggestions as to how the council should respond and sent them to Council leader, Stephen Parker. We have a chance to put these ideas to Cabinet on 1 October at 7pm. Please tell us if you are coming along to give us your support and please e-mail your councillors to ask them to support these proposals and incorporate them into the forthcoming consultation about the Local Plan.
The full set of suggestions can be found here.
If the council implements all of the ideas we have put forward, there will simply be no need for a new town, in Winchfield or anywhere else. Especially if you consider the following:
- We would become a sink for the potential unmet need of Surrey Heath and Rushmoor
- Recent report from the RTPI suggesting new town developments near to railway stations are not sustainable and add to traffic congestion because only a small proportion of the population use the station to get to work
- Government has called on planners to recognise the intrinsic value of the countryside.
- Eye-watering costs of infrastructure for a new town, especially considering the current £78m funding deficit in Hart and £1.9bn funding deficit across Hampshire.