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Design revealed for 2,000 homes
THIS is the latest look for a controversial 2,000-home estate in the heart of the Hampshire countryside.
The true scale of the development in Winchester became clearer yesterday as artists’ impressions, diagrams and 3D models went on display at the city’s Guildhall.
Planners meet today and look likely to rubberstamp the final stages of the planning application.
Developers CALA are asking for flexibility in the size of the medical facility they are obliged to build.
They say the need for facilities has yet to be decided by local doctors.
The company is also asking permission for a larger pub — from 200 to 500 square metres.
The scheme was given the go-ahead last November by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles after years of protests and objections.
The campaign against Barton Farm saw two huge protest marches through Winchester and countless planning meetings, public inquiries and threats of legal action dating back to the mid-1990s.
Despite the mass interest in the plans, few people turned up to see the new look for the development.
Cllr Vicki Weston said: “I wonder if the fact that there aren’t that many people here means people are already feeling much more informed because they have had so much information from CALA.”
CALA’s newly-appointed project director for the Barton Farm development, Rob Westwood, said: “There are similar challenges to those you would face developing anywhere on green field sites.
“Subject to planning, we’re currently looking at starting the physical infrastructure work in June 2014.”
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