More than 1,000 object to mass housing scheme

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ROMSEY remains firmly opposed to controversial plans to build more than 1,000 homes at Whitenap.

Latest figures released by Test Valley Borough Council show that views on the proposals remain unchanged following another public consultation on the Revised Local Plan, which earmarks farmland just south of the town for 1,300 homes.

TVBC received 2,100 responses to its planning blueprint and of those there were 1,103 objections to the controversial proposed Whitenap development, which has been attacked by Romsey Town Council, campaign group, Romsave and many individuals within the community.

Borough Tadburn ward member, Mark Cooper, who is opposed to the development, has warned that the Borough Local Plan still doesn’t meet government requirements and is likely to be thrown out when it goes before a planning inspector because it ignored local opinion.

“The revised Local Plan does not conform to government policy, as expressed in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF),” said Mr Cooper, who pointed out the borough hadn’t encouraged parish and town councils to draw up Neighbourhood Plans which would be taken into account when drawing up the area’s development blueprint.

Romsey Extra Parish Council and Romsey Town Council are currently working on their own joint Neighbourhhood Plan, which is likely to call for housing to be spread over a number of sites rather than concentrated on two – Whitenap and Hoe Lane, at North Baddesley, where 350 homes are proposed.

Borough council staff are currently going through the comments and will be making recommendations on any changes, if any, to the plan, to the borough cabinet sometime this summer.

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6:59am Mon 12 May 14

skeptik says...

How many local traders are objecting? We have to build in areas where government policy leads to where the work is. Maybe an estate on the middle for Dartmoor for Southampton overspill? Many NIMBYs are living in property that a few decades ago was being - protested. 'I'm all right Jack .......
How many local traders are objecting? We have to build in areas where government policy leads to where the work is. Maybe an estate on the middle for Dartmoor for Southampton overspill? Many NIMBYs are living in property that a few decades ago was being - protested. 'I'm all right Jack ....... skeptik
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