Barton Willmore have submitted an application for an Environmental Impact Assessment screening opinion on Winchfield New Town (aka Garden Community). The application can be found here and searching for application number 17/02592/EIA.
As far as we can tell, the proposed site directly abuts the proposed Pale Lane (Elvetham Chase) development. The proposal is for:
- 2,000 new dwellings
- A new secondary school
- Up to 2 new primary schools
- Children’s nursery
- Two local/neighbourhood centres
- 4 Ha of employment land
- Provision of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace
Reasons to oppose Winchfield New Town
As might be expected, we oppose this new development on number of grounds:
- The site is not in the draft Local Plan, and to change the Local Plan so significantly would require another round of consultation and more delay, putting at risk other sensitive sites such as Pale Lane and West Hook.
- Development of this scale is simply not required. The new Government approach to calculating housing needs would result in 6,132 new houses for Hart compared to the unnecessary and ridiculous 10,185 in the draft Local Plan.
- The site is totally unsuitable for such large scale development due to flood risk as we documented here (4 Jan) , here (7 Jan), here (9 March on Station Road) and here (28 March due to #StormKatie). The area of Taplins Farm Lane near the railway bridge flooded three times in 2016 alone.
- Lack of road infrastructure
- Historic Environment
- Water Quality
We suggest that you add your comments by logging on to Hart’s public access system on this link, and searching for 17/02592/EIA.