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Go-ahead for controversial scheme
1:10pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
CIVIC chiefs have approved controversial alterations to plans for a 2,000 home development in Hampshire.
A Winchester City Council planning committee agreed to a larger site for a pub at the Barton Farm scheme but only on the chairman’s casting vote after a tie. The original permission allowed 1,000 sq metres for mixed retail and pub use on condition no individual unit exceeded 200 sq metres.
CALA Homes applied for the pub to be up to 500sq metres.
Some councillors raised concerns because it would mean less space for other units and could dominate the area, but others argued research suggested there was a demand for a large pub.
The committee also gave CALA more flexibility over provision of a medical building after local health bosses said there was no need for a doctors’ surgery, as was originally intended. A drop-in clinic was mooted as a possible replacement.
CALA Homes is to submit more detailed plans shortly.
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