Alresford residents have their say on 'biased' housing plan exhibition

Residents at the meeting in Perins School.

Residents at the meeting in Perins School.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

More than 300 residents turned out to vent their fury over plans to build almost 400 homes in a Hampshire town.

A packed sports hall at Perins School heard from Alresford locals who said they were “appalled” by the way the plan had been handled by the town council.

The meeting was held to discuss the latest exhibition which outlined alternative proposals to build the homes on several different sites around the town, rather than having one large housing development on a site at Sun Lane.

But the angry crowd slammed local officials over the “biased” exhibition which they said represented the alternative plan in a more negative light.

At the meeting, chairman Lisa Griffiths admitted the alternative scheme was “presented unfavourably”, sparking uproar and cries from residents.

Marilyn Weston, of Jacklyns Lane, said: “I’m astounded that you can sit there and say what you say and hold yourself high. You all should be hanging your heads in shame.

“You had one opportunity to get it right and you got it wrong, again. For two years you have got so much wrong.”

Winchester City Council’s Local Plan requires 500 new homes to be built in Alresford between 2011 and 2031, and 386 of those are yet to be allocated.

The alternative scheme could spread the development across sites to the west of New Farm Road and north of The Avenue, but the town council says it may not be able to provide a new site for businesses.

It also reduces the amount of open space, has no provision for a new burial ground, and would still include 150 homes at Sun Lane.

Steve Opacic, head of strategic planning at Winchester City Council, assured residents that at this stage the council is still “planning the plan”, with nothing yet decided.

After the meeting Mrs Griffiths said the town council would have to hold another meeting before the end of the month to decide on what their response was to the plan.

She added that the council could also make no recommendation to Winchester planners, but that would leave them with no right to give input to future plans.

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11:42am Mon 21 Jul 14

Torchie1 says...

How long before a stream of posters scream NIMBY, but remain relaxed and comfortable about the serious objections they have against any development within their own back yard?
How long before a stream of posters scream NIMBY, but remain relaxed and comfortable about the serious objections they have against any development within their own back yard? Torchie1
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3:16pm Mon 21 Jul 14

sarfhamton says...

People will never be happy about developments near their homes, can't blame them really but we either need to build more homes in the South or move jobs northwards.
People will never be happy about developments near their homes, can't blame them really but we either need to build more homes in the South or move jobs northwards. sarfhamton
  • Score: 2

4:21pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Balsamic says...

I cannot help but laugh at such nimbyism and utter ,utter snobbery.

I was born and raised in Alresford and as there wasn't any affordable housing I had to move away to somewhere affordable once I had left home.
I can't remember any objection to the gleesons estate being built or appledown , or even the development off of beech road.
I expect a lot of the objections are from the very people that live in those houses.
The problem with Alresford is that the ones that are shouting the loudest are people that have moved in from else ware .
The parents of the next generation of home buyers should really be thinking about their children and where they are going to live once they leave home.
It's all about being fair and reasonable and I am afraid to say these objectors are being neither.

We all need somewhere to live and that's all there is to it .
Mrs Weston and her band stuck up of nair do wells need to step back and remember they do not own Alresford and they have to accept that development is inevitably going to happen ,as it has elseware .

Including the travellers site ROTFLMAO
I cannot help but laugh at such nimbyism and utter ,utter snobbery. I was born and raised in Alresford and as there wasn't any affordable housing I had to move away to somewhere affordable once I had left home. I can't remember any objection to the gleesons estate being built or appledown , or even the development off of beech road. I expect a lot of the objections are from the very people that live in those houses. The problem with Alresford is that the ones that are shouting the loudest are people that have moved in from else ware . The parents of the next generation of home buyers should really be thinking about their children and where they are going to live once they leave home. It's all about being fair and reasonable and I am afraid to say these objectors are being neither. We all need somewhere to live and that's all there is to it . Mrs Weston and her band stuck up of nair do wells need to step back and remember they do not own Alresford and they have to accept that development is inevitably going to happen ,as it has elseware . Including the travellers site ROTFLMAO Balsamic
  • Score: 6

4:44pm Mon 21 Jul 14

theoriginalwasp says...

Judging by the looks on everyone in Alresford it's not a great place to live anyhow... Miserable old gits.
Judging by the looks on everyone in Alresford it's not a great place to live anyhow... Miserable old gits. theoriginalwasp
  • Score: 2

5:39pm Mon 21 Jul 14

mickey01 says...

Is the echo not showing a photo of people watching englands world cup games
Is the echo not showing a photo of people watching englands world cup games mickey01
  • Score: 3

6:25pm Mon 21 Jul 14

bullsbags says...

BUILD BUILD BUILD
BUILD BUILD BUILD bullsbags
  • Score: 3

7:54pm Mon 21 Jul 14

sass says...

Balsamic wrote:
I cannot help but laugh at such nimbyism and utter ,utter snobbery.

I was born and raised in Alresford and as there wasn't any affordable housing I had to move away to somewhere affordable once I had left home.
I can't remember any objection to the gleesons estate being built or appledown , or even the development off of beech road.
I expect a lot of the objections are from the very people that live in those houses.
The problem with Alresford is that the ones that are shouting the loudest are people that have moved in from else ware .
The parents of the next generation of home buyers should really be thinking about their children and where they are going to live once they leave home.
It's all about being fair and reasonable and I am afraid to say these objectors are being neither.

We all need somewhere to live and that's all there is to it .
Mrs Weston and her band stuck up of nair do wells need to step back and remember they do not own Alresford and they have to accept that development is inevitably going to happen ,as it has elseware .

Including the travellers site ROTFLMAO
...elsewhere...n'ere do well...If you had a proper education you might afford to live there!
[quote][p][bold]Balsamic[/bold] wrote: I cannot help but laugh at such nimbyism and utter ,utter snobbery. I was born and raised in Alresford and as there wasn't any affordable housing I had to move away to somewhere affordable once I had left home. I can't remember any objection to the gleesons estate being built or appledown , or even the development off of beech road. I expect a lot of the objections are from the very people that live in those houses. The problem with Alresford is that the ones that are shouting the loudest are people that have moved in from else ware . The parents of the next generation of home buyers should really be thinking about their children and where they are going to live once they leave home. It's all about being fair and reasonable and I am afraid to say these objectors are being neither. We all need somewhere to live and that's all there is to it . Mrs Weston and her band stuck up of nair do wells need to step back and remember they do not own Alresford and they have to accept that development is inevitably going to happen ,as it has elseware . Including the travellers site ROTFLMAO[/p][/quote]...elsewhere...n'ere do well...If you had a proper education you might afford to live there! sass
  • Score: -5

8:17pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Balsamic says...

sass wrote:
Balsamic wrote:
I cannot help but laugh at such nimbyism and utter ,utter snobbery.

I was born and raised in Alresford and as there wasn't any affordable housing I had to move away to somewhere affordable once I had left home.
I can't remember any objection to the gleesons estate being built or appledown , or even the development off of beech road.
I expect a lot of the objections are from the very people that live in those houses.
The problem with Alresford is that the ones that are shouting the loudest are people that have moved in from else ware .
The parents of the next generation of home buyers should really be thinking about their children and where they are going to live once they leave home.
It's all about being fair and reasonable and I am afraid to say these objectors are being neither.

We all need somewhere to live and that's all there is to it .
Mrs Weston and her band stuck up of nair do wells need to step back and remember they do not own Alresford and they have to accept that development is inevitably going to happen ,as it has elseware .

Including the travellers site ROTFLMAO
...elsewhere...n'ere do well...If you had a proper education you might afford to live there!
Sorry didn't realise this was a spelling and punctuation test .
You over bearing stuck up know it all pr1ck
[quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Balsamic[/bold] wrote: I cannot help but laugh at such nimbyism and utter ,utter snobbery. I was born and raised in Alresford and as there wasn't any affordable housing I had to move away to somewhere affordable once I had left home. I can't remember any objection to the gleesons estate being built or appledown , or even the development off of beech road. I expect a lot of the objections are from the very people that live in those houses. The problem with Alresford is that the ones that are shouting the loudest are people that have moved in from else ware . The parents of the next generation of home buyers should really be thinking about their children and where they are going to live once they leave home. It's all about being fair and reasonable and I am afraid to say these objectors are being neither. We all need somewhere to live and that's all there is to it . Mrs Weston and her band stuck up of nair do wells need to step back and remember they do not own Alresford and they have to accept that development is inevitably going to happen ,as it has elseware . Including the travellers site ROTFLMAO[/p][/quote]...elsewhere...n'ere do well...If you had a proper education you might afford to live there![/p][/quote]Sorry didn't realise this was a spelling and punctuation test . You over bearing stuck up know it all pr1ck Balsamic
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12:10am Tue 22 Jul 14

Shoong says...

The picture says it all...
The picture says it all... Shoong
  • Score: 3

12:47am Wed 23 Jul 14

Balsamic says...

sass wrote:
Balsamic wrote:
I cannot help but laugh at such nimbyism and utter ,utter snobbery.

I was born and raised in Alresford and as there wasn't any affordable housing I had to move away to somewhere affordable once I had left home.
I can't remember any objection to the gleesons estate being built or appledown , or even the development off of beech road.
I expect a lot of the objections are from the very people that live in those houses.
The problem with Alresford is that the ones that are shouting the loudest are people that have moved in from else ware .
The parents of the next generation of home buyers should really be thinking about their children and where they are going to live once they leave home.
It's all about being fair and reasonable and I am afraid to say these objectors are being neither.

We all need somewhere to live and that's all there is to it .
Mrs Weston and her band stuck up of nair do wells need to step back and remember they do not own Alresford and they have to accept that development is inevitably going to happen ,as it has elseware .

Including the travellers site ROTFLMAO
...elsewhere...n'ere do well...If you had a proper education you might afford to live there!
Oh and another thing .
I was educated at Perins comprehensive .
Then onto peter synods for my A and O levels.
Oh and then did my engineering degree at Bristol University .

Have been working as a structural engineer for 30 years in laces as far flung as Malasia , Dubai , Saudi Arabia , and Libya as well as many large projects in the Uk.
So yes I could afford to live in Alresford now but choose not to because of stuck up bigots like your good self.

I prefer the New Forest where I am now ,not overlooked and spectacular views and walks , totally unspoilt.

I suppose I could offer my services FOC to who ever builds in Alresford just to help it along.
[quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Balsamic[/bold] wrote: I cannot help but laugh at such nimbyism and utter ,utter snobbery. I was born and raised in Alresford and as there wasn't any affordable housing I had to move away to somewhere affordable once I had left home. I can't remember any objection to the gleesons estate being built or appledown , or even the development off of beech road. I expect a lot of the objections are from the very people that live in those houses. The problem with Alresford is that the ones that are shouting the loudest are people that have moved in from else ware . The parents of the next generation of home buyers should really be thinking about their children and where they are going to live once they leave home. It's all about being fair and reasonable and I am afraid to say these objectors are being neither. We all need somewhere to live and that's all there is to it . Mrs Weston and her band stuck up of nair do wells need to step back and remember they do not own Alresford and they have to accept that development is inevitably going to happen ,as it has elseware . Including the travellers site ROTFLMAO[/p][/quote]...elsewhere...n'ere do well...If you had a proper education you might afford to live there![/p][/quote]Oh and another thing . I was educated at Perins comprehensive . Then onto peter synods for my A and O levels. Oh and then did my engineering degree at Bristol University . Have been working as a structural engineer for 30 years in laces as far flung as Malasia , Dubai , Saudi Arabia , and Libya as well as many large projects in the Uk. So yes I could afford to live in Alresford now but choose not to because of stuck up bigots like your good self. I prefer the New Forest where I am now ,not overlooked and spectacular views and walks , totally unspoilt. I suppose I could offer my services FOC to who ever builds in Alresford just to help it along. Balsamic
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