The Land East of Horndean plans were debated at Barton Hall, Horndean Technology College tonight and approved by the Planning Committee. At this stage it is what is called ‘Outline permission’ which approves the principal of the number of dwellings, the community facilities and the highways improvements and access onto the land.
The development will deliver 693 new dwellings (of which 278 will be affordable), 1.7Ha of employment land and a care village with a care home, 45 assisted living units and 60 independent units.
The community facilities include:
Community Building of 1,300 to 1,500 SqM including a large multi use hall suitable for 3 indoor court games with pull out seating, staging, smaller meeting rooms, changing rooms, bar facilities
Junior and Full Size football pitches
1.2 to 2.0 Hectares of land for a Primary School with cash contribution to Hampshire County Council to fund the new school
Local retail centre with convenience shops
60 full size allotments
Land for a Skate Park
Pavillion of 180 to 200 SqM with changing facilities and bar
MUGA ( Multi Use Games Area)
4 children’s play areas
20 pieces of outdoor gym equipment
21.45 Hectares (53 Acres) of outdoor public open space and woodland walks
There is also funding for local highways improvements, cycle paths and other facilities in Horndean
This effectively makes further large applications for housing in Horndean very unlikely to succeed unless they are already in the Local Plan and will be a major consideration in the current appeals for Lovedean and Blendworth Lane.
The application is not approved until the Section 106 agreement is finalised. This is where the final details of the community contributions are negotiated to add detail to the list above. One of these is the final decision from Hampshire County Council as to whether they will be funding a ‘one form’ primary school or a ‘two form’ primary school on the development. One argument for is that two form entry schools are more cost effective. One argument against is to spread the schools around the community and Hampshire County Council have land they own elsewhere in Horndean that is a possible option. The final outcome of this will be reported here.
The Secretary of State has also issued an Article 25 notice on the development and this is a formal notice not to complete the planning application process (finalise the Section 106) until he has decided if he wishes to call it in to be reviewed or not. This happened at Lovedean Lane, Fourmarks and is also currently in force at a development in Alton and is usually decided in a 4 week period. This development is the ‘least worst’ option for Horndean, it packs in the community facilities and Portsmouth Water have agreed the safeguards they wish to see for the plans to be approved. I can not see this being called in for a review and will post the outcome here when we hear.
The next steps in this are to ensure we get the best we can out of the community facilities as they are built. I have already publicly stated my commitment to ensuring this happens with the caveat that if the Community Facilities are not delivered, I will not stand again. I look forward to letting you know how these progress and in a little while posting the final Section 106 agreement so the list is clear.