Public concern over new homes plan for Alresford

Daily Echo: Civic bosses call for public help over 500 new homes plan Civic bosses call for public help over 500 new homes plan

ALRESFORD civic chiefs are caling for the public's help as they struggle with drawing up plans for how the town can evolve over the next 20 years.

A packed meeting last night heard how the town council was calling for the public to help it draw up ideas on how space can be found for 4-500 homes up to 2031.

But many of the 150-strong audience at Alresford Recreation Centre were sceptical about the exercise as they fear the council is still wedded to controversial plans to propose houses on farmland off Sun Lane.

Perins School would relocate there and businesses from The Dean would head to neighbouring Ropley.

Those ideas were  slated at a public meeting last May.

City councillor Ernie Jeffs denied there was a fait accompli and conceded there should have been more consultation before any plans were drawn up.

"We made a mistake in the past. We are starting again," he said.

Steve Opacic, senior city council planner, said Alresford needed to grow by 4-500 homes by 2031 otherwise the number of young people would decline and Alresford would become increasingly lederly and middle class.

"Where will the people live who you need to run your nurseries and play schools?"

Many in the audience would like to see a 'Neighbourhhod Plan' produced because townspeople would have the chance to vote on it in a referendum.

But town councillors said at the moment they preferred to work with the city council. A neighbourhood plan would costs some £50,000.

Draft plans will be produced by September with a formal public consultation in late 2013-early 2014.

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8:12am Thu 24 Jan 13

Sovietobserver says...

5000 new homes =headline
Only space for 400 - 500.
Lederly and middle class ? What the hell is that ? Heavy metal schoolchildren?
If a small town like Alresford suddenly needs 5000 new homes surely it is in dire need of some family planning clinics as a priority. Are the residents on some sort of breeding incentive or something ? this needs further investigation.
5000 new homes =headline Only space for 400 - 500. Lederly and middle class ? What the hell is that ? Heavy metal schoolchildren? If a small town like Alresford suddenly needs 5000 new homes surely it is in dire need of some family planning clinics as a priority. Are the residents on some sort of breeding incentive or something ? this needs further investigation. Sovietobserver
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8:17am Thu 24 Jan 13

Subject48 says...

Its probably so the overflow from other areas can be relocated there.
Its probably so the overflow from other areas can be relocated there. Subject48
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8:28am Thu 24 Jan 13

good-gosh says...

5,000 homes is a massive proposition but top marks for tackling it head on at an early stage. For such a pretty traditional town, I would avoid starting with mass development outside the town and think about a start with a few low rise multi-storey buildings dispersed close around the centre, shaped and textured to blend in with the town, maybe raised above ground to produce plenty of ground space and views. This sort of internal development can be extended away from the centre over the years, allowing the town to grow from within and retain its centralised core.
5,000 homes is a massive proposition but top marks for tackling it head on at an early stage. For such a pretty traditional town, I would avoid starting with mass development outside the town and think about a start with a few low rise multi-storey buildings dispersed close around the centre, shaped and textured to blend in with the town, maybe raised above ground to produce plenty of ground space and views. This sort of internal development can be extended away from the centre over the years, allowing the town to grow from within and retain its centralised core. good-gosh
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8:39am Thu 24 Jan 13

Sovietobserver says...

Subject48 wrote:
Its probably so the overflow from other areas can be relocated there.
More likely Mr. Opacic thinks that Alresford has an attractive class issue and has received some brown envelopes from potential developers, and between them believe that the town will be a prime target for the expected invasion of whiteflight to areas outside the M25 in the near future.
[quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: Its probably so the overflow from other areas can be relocated there.[/p][/quote]More likely Mr. Opacic thinks that Alresford has an attractive class issue and has received some brown envelopes from potential developers, and between them believe that the town will be a prime target for the expected invasion of whiteflight to areas outside the M25 in the near future. Sovietobserver
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