Back in September Taylor Wimpey came forward as the developer looking to build on the land North of Chalk Hill Road and next to Jack Tricketts Field. Following a consultation, Taylor Wimpey have now put in their planning application. Their timing is, to be fair, very poor as they have seen the ‘Where to build’ consultation give a clear community view as well as the publication of the draft allocations plan which excludes this land. Taylor Wimpey are also the developer who have just seen their White Dirt Farm application rejected by East Hants. On this application they came under significant criticism for the quality and integrity of their community consultation and Taylor Wimpey again are clearly not concerned about working with the community view and looking to help us ensure new homes are built in sustainable locations.
The proposed Chalk Hill Road development is on gap land and is visible for miles in all directions, including from the South Downs National Park. It is also accessed via Highcroft Lane and then Chalk Hill Road, both of which are narrow and difficult to access with cars parked along the road. The 67 homes they are proposing will be an unwelcome addition to the open space, gap land and sky line.
Cllr Sara Schillemore, whose ward has taken the brunt of the unwanted planning applications, said “It is disappointing that Taylor Wimpey are looking at this land. The planning officers at East Hants have given Taylor Wimpey clear advice that we do not require this development to achieve our housing numbers, and with the Five Year Land Supply in place, there are better places to build where more sustainable developments can be created”.
Cllr Lynn Evans whose residents front the land said “It is very disappointing that this development is being pursued when the draft allocations plan is out for consultation and clearly identifies the Hazleton/Pyle Farm SHLAA as the allocation for 660 houses in Horndean. This is unnecessary and unwanted development.”
Nicola Stone, a local resident said that: “It is very disappointing and frustrating that the opinions of the majority of the people of Horndean are being ignored by large developers. It is an unnecessary race against the clock to approve more suitable and desirable sites. Unfortunately, if they win this and other unsuitable sites, then the beauty and desirability of this area will be destroyed forever. It is vital now that the whole community pull together to voice their concerns and show EHDC planners there are much better options and reject the outline plan.”
Vincent Gregory who is co-organising the ‘No To Chalk Hill Road’ campaign said that “Five Heads Road is very narrow and in places just single lane. The roads accessing Chalk Hill are fully parked with few passing spaces and incomplete footpaths. We know that Horndean infants and Junior school is already over subscribed and can not be extended, and this land which is important gap land provides a diverse habitat for local wildlife. We very much need EHDC to reject this application and welcome the draft local plan which specifically excludes this site”
The land is one of the SHLAA sites that was ruled OUT by EHDC when the draft allocations plan was prepared. This is now out at public consultation.
The key dates are as follows:
Consultation Start: 7th January 2015
Consultation End: 5th February 2015
Anticipated Decision Date: Early April 2015
If you would like to submit comments then there are several ways to do so. It is also worth reading more about ‘Material Planning Considerations’ before doing so to make sure the views you give are most useful to the planning officers.
Click on this link here to see the plans in full and make your comments online.
Please also let your ward Councillors know of any thoughts you might have so they can ensure they are raised with the case officers.
If you live in Murray Ward then contact Cllr Lynn Evans on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in Catherington Lovedean then contact Cllr Sara Schillemore on email@example.com
Case officer is John Holmes and you can write to East Hants to make comments by sending them to: John Holmes, Senior Planning Officer, East Hampshire District Council, Penns Place, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4EX. Please quote case reference 55505 or Chalk Hill Road