The Land East Of Horndean presents a massive dilemma. It could be the best solution (or Least Worst Solution) to protect large areas of the Parish, but it does have an impact on the residents adjacent to the site too. I firmly believe this is the direction we need to take the housing as our best solution to building a sustainable community while protecting the rest of The Parish from over development.
In the interest of balanced views I am posting an email from Mark Foster who owns land overlooking both White Dirt Farm, and Pyle Farm, who is concerned about the loss of views to both sites. Mark contacted me by email after he found out he could not upload photographs to the blog, and therefore I am posting these here too.
I think the majority of people are not very sensitive to the land between the B2149 and the A3M, but totally agree that the further around the land goes on Pyle Farm and towards Blendworth, the more sensitive the development is. If you agree, then support Mark with feedback at the consultation about which areas are more sensitive than others. (The views expressed by Mark sit well with the consultation feedback on where to build).
Mark’s email and 2 photographs are below:
I was unable to upload these to your blog. The fields are gorgeous, an owl circles each evening. Deer are seen most mornings, foxes teaching their young to hunt (although I keep hens!), pheasants steal my hens’ feed and 2 types of woodpecker do whatever they do.
Having said the above soft bits I need to declare that I’m a (very small scale) property developer and own properties that overlook both Pyle Farm and the WDF sites! Despite not agreeing with you 🙂 may I praise you for your ongoing efforts.
Sadly I find it difficult to believe that either of the WDF and Land East sites will be saved. Major organisations, most proficient at navigating planners (even I find it easy), have invested too many man hours and farmers have millions in their grasp. The only delay being numerous iterations from the developer replacing the low profit facilities with high profit flats.
Ironically you may recall both the Keep and Brewery sales literature used images of the very green open spaces that we have already destroyed!
Guy please consider that the best we can do is cause delay. Rather than to prefer a site consider that once the first is approved the second will be hot on its heels. Delay both! We might manage a few years and in that time the government might have controlled our borders and reduced the need for housing. Sorry drifted off there 🙂 but delay is better than now!
I’m concerned your reasons for preferring Land East of Horndean will come back and bite. You wont be able to use them in defense when the inevitable next phase of expansion comes.
Ideally if your drive and commitment to protecting the Downs was broadened to the wider area we would all benefit from your strength. You get my vote. We need more Councillors like you that actually fight to make a difference.