A reminder that the Taylor Wimpey White Dirt Farm Public Consultation is to be held at Clanfield Memorial Hall on Friday 7th March from 2pm to 7:30pm. It is important you go and give your views if you can. This has been prepared by Taylor Wimpey and should contain more detail than the single site plan that was attached to the EIA Screening Application (see earlier post). At this point, neither the Parish or District Councillors have seen any further details, and EHDC are organising a ‘pre-application’ meeting following a request from Taylor Wimpey.
Taylor Wimpey should have a lot of display boards and staff on hand to talk you through their plans. There should also be a log book or forms ready to fill in with your consultation comments. I would be very grateful if in addition to commenting to Taylor Wimpey, you could comment also to either myself, or the ward Councillor, Sara Schillemore as we are keen to hear views on the plans as soon as possible. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
I am fully aware that the proposals are a significant concern to the majority of local residents, but it is important to keep the emotion under control as best possible on the day. Giving clear and carefully thought out views on the consultation is important so that your comments are properly logged with the developer.
Development needs to be sustainable, and this means there needs to be a balance between Environmental, Social and Economy issues. Generally the environmental impact can be very harmful, and this is one of the key areas that provides grounds to object to this application.
Taylor Wimpey hold their public consultation on the 7th March. This then gives them comments which are fed back into their design. I would expect for this application for there to be a follow up consultation to show the changes that had been made to incorporate the communities views.
Taylor Wimpey will then prepare plans, reports and studies to show enough detail to submit an application. We do not know this timescale, but asking on the 7th when they are likely to submit an application is an important question.
When an application is received it takes 8 weeks to decide a minor application, 13 weeks for a major application and 16 weeks if an Environmental Impact Assessment is required. If the documentation provided lacks detail then this can delay the process a bit. It is not unusual for the case officer to ask for further information as the application progresses.
At a guess it will be 2 to 3 months to see an application, and then 3 to 4 months before a planning committee hears the application making a date of 5 to 7 months before we have an outcome, but this may well change when we know Taylor Wimpey’s timescale to application.
There will be long periods of inactivity for the community during this process and my local newsletters and this blog will be kept up to date with the next steps. There will also be a few meetings organised for interested parties, and this will cover why we need housing, what the other options are, and ‘material considerations’. There will also be 2 important new topics on another development in Horndean which I am minded to support, and some community consultation for a local allocations plan.
EIA Screening Application:
The EIA Screening application should be decided very soon. If one is required it adds a bit more work to the application, and the planning process can be 3 weeks longer. This clearly presents a benefit to us while the housing numbers across the district achieve those required in the 5 year plan. East Hants needs to formally respond to Taylor Wimpey as to if a EIA is required, but has strict criteria for doing so. Do not expect this to be a requirement here as this is very much steered to significantly large developments like Power Stations, industry, reclamation, infrastructure etc. If you are interested in reading more about Environmental Impact Assessments then this is the link for when they are required:
It is important to consider the ‘What If’ scenario. If all efforts from a large part of the community are focused on fighting this and we are unsuccessful then we could end up with a field of houses and little more. While giving views at the consultation please also ask about the community contribution Taylor Wimpey propose to make, and what you would like to see designed in. For guidance, the Green Lane site of 275 homes brings in the following to our community:
25 allotments on the green lane site
£75,000 contribution to a community project worker
£564,653 cash as an education contribution
£150,000 towards local environmental improvements
£65,600 to the PCT for health
£1,198.710 to HCC for Highways Improvements
MUGA (Multi Use Games Area for 5 aside etc)
children’s Play Space
2 sports pitches
This is detailed in something called a Section 106 agreement and here is the link to the Green Lane Section 106 agreement if you are interested in seeing the whole document. It is a large file and will take a short while to download.
I hope the notes above are useful and please don’t forget to copy me in on any comments.