3 comments on “LEOH Updated Plans – Your Views

  1. Thanks once again Guy,,,,
    But now see increase is up to an extra 150 homes on top of the 700, couple of weeks ago it was 100 so i wonder when it will stop increasing?

    You say this increase will stop further development in area but already Blendworth is under threat with possibility of land currently home to Public Toilets and a Much needed Car Park and a Fire station being sold off for Development by the same people who agreed planning LEOH.
    Lots of us use these facilities either when out walking or when using shops restaurants in Horndean. What will happen in the future? Where will all the extra vehicles that will be coming to Horndean park? Where will people using the Doctors surgery , Post Office park?
    How will the few roads cope with the extra traffic, could be an extra 5000 vehicles? Are they going to put NEW Roads onto the Motorway? By installing Traffic Lights will only add to the pollution issues and tail backs, that’s a no brainer.
    The area is at grid lock now getting off/on the motorway?
    Guy its a no brainer, it wont work, the extra housing is not needed because as you know once out of the EU immigration will greatly reduce. These houses will not be for local people because they will be cheaper than say Surrey or Sussex houses.
    What about the antisocial behaviour? Police can’t cope now how will they manage will all the social housing that will go into these sites.
    You know that Gales Park had its fair share of antisocial behaviour and it was down to the owner occupiers forcing EHDC and the Social Housing company together with the local police that we all managed to rid this site of Drug users and antisocial tenants.

    Thank you for the up date though Guy, much appreciated but as always Trust Not Tricks. We voted to go into the Common Market But Not The EU, we voted to come out of the EU and even now that is under threat, trickery with the councils and government would you agree Guy?

  2. Guy.
    So, Bloor has proposed an additional 100-150 houses East of Horndean. Unless the roads, parking and local facilities are seriously upgraded, the extra 3000+ people will swamp the existing infrastructure.
    Arranging an appointment at Blendworth Surgery already means that one has to forecast 3 weeks in advance the onset of an ailment. The date of the move to the “new sugery” is still clouded in mystery, offering no relief.
    When an appointment at the surgery is secured, the next problem is to plan how to get there and where to park. Apparently, the existing car park and toilets have become grist to the developers mill, the Church Hall car park is out of bounds and the new parking in the Gales development is not large enough to take up the slack.
    There has to be some serious consideration by all parties, including the developers,as to the adequacy of the planned facilities and about the quality of life of the residents of Horndean and Blendworth who will not benefit one jot from Bloors profits!

  3. Government responded
    Trees can slow the flow of water down and reduce the impacts of floods; we are currently exploring the increased role that this could play in flood risk management.

    Read the response in full
    Every part of our natural environment from our coasts, to our great landscapes, and clean air to productive soils, is a vital part of the success of our country; nature doesn’t exist in silos. By managing the environment in an integrated way we will gain key environmental, economic and social benefits. We are working on a 25 Year Environment Plan which will set out how we will deliver the best natural environment anywhere by making more integrated decisions, using catchments and landscapes as the building blocks rather than single species or features. This makes sense because we will deliver the most effective and efficient environmental improvements if we work with the natural systems that underpin the health of our environment.

    We will structure our work around river catchments and landscapes that make up the environment. For the first time, we will have a plan and budget for each area rather than several organisations operating with different plans. We are going to be integrating these plans with the 25-year Plan. As part of this we will be starting four catchment pathfinder projects later this year— in a catchment, marine, and urban setting as well as one in a large rural landscape.

    We also need to value our environmental assets for the full range of benefits they provide and incorporate this into the decisions we make. Using natural capital principles can help all of us to do this better, equipping us with a robust and consistent evidence base that can inform practical action on the ground. Data and technology are powerful tools to drive environmental understanding and improvement and Defra has committed to releasing 8,000 data sets by June 2016 to help spur this innovation and development. The tools being designed will give a consistent framework to empower local people to take decisions nationally and locally. For example, natural capital accounting will help calculate where woodland planting would provide the greatest benefits for plants and animals, recreation and reduced flood risk alongside the economic gains for forestry and farming.

    Defra continues to support a number of leading research and demonstration projects to better understand the role that land management changes in our landscapes and catchments, such as tree planting, peatland restoration and habitat creation, could have in reducing flood risk. These include the Forest Research led ‘Slowing the Flow Partnership’ in Pickering, North Yorkshire, the National Trust led project at Holnicote Estate in North Somerset and the Making Space for Water’s project on the Upper Derwent catchment in Derbyshire.

    These projects indicate that woodlands can slow the flow of water through smaller catchments and reduce the impacts of some floods. We will continue to support such investigations, gathering further evidence into the potential benefits that land management changes, such as tree planting in catchments, could have on reducing flood risk, in addition to the wider environmental and economic benefits that they could provide.

    We are also supporting ongoing Forestry Commission research into the role that woodlands could play in reducing flood risk. The England Woodland Grant Scheme has already targeted 1,857 hectares of planting to help reduce flood risk and diffuse pollution in England. We have also designed the Countryside Stewardship Scheme in the new Rural Development Programme to help achieve multi-objectives including flooding and water management.

    After the recent storms, it is also important to look at what happened and to learn lessons. That is why we have commissioned an in-depth review. This will give us a chance to look at our defences and ways of modelling to explore new ways of tackling floods in the future. This includes upstream land management options for slowing the flow to reduce the intensity of flood peak and build stronger links between local residents, community groups and flood defence planning.

    The framework setting out the key themes for the 25-year environment plan will be published in spring 2016 and we’ll be working with a range of interested parties over 2016 to develop the full plan.

    Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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