Blow to plans to build 12,500 new homes north of Winchester

Blow to plans to build 12,500 new homes

Blow to plans to build 12,500 new homes

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

PLANS for a massive new town in central Hampshire have suffered a huge blow.

Zurich Assurance has been defeated in its latest bid to promote a 12,500-home development at Micheldever Station, north of Winchester.

The company, and its forerunner Eagle Star, has been lobbying for the scheme for nearly 25 years.

But it has abandoned its legal challenge to Winchester City Council's adoption of Local Plan Part One, following the rejection of its case by the courts.

Zurich had gone to the Court of Appeal following the rejection of all of its grounds for challenge by the High Court in March.

Refusing leave to appeal, Lord Justice Sullivan said that the original judgement 'is both comprehensive and thoroughly convincing' and that there was no compelling reason to grant permission to appeal.

This means that any uncertainty over the Local Plan has now been removed and that it is not possible for Zurich to ask the courts to quash any part of it.

Cllr Vicki Weston, council portfolio holder for built environment, said: “We were always convinced that the challenge by Zurich was unjustified and its submission has caused a good deal of unnecessary work and expense. The council will be compiling a claim for its legal costs to be reimbursed.

“The High Court judgement dismissing Zurich's claim was clear that the Plan was properly examined and adopted. This will be helpful in progressing Local Plan Part 2 and dealing with any relevant applications or appeals.”

This outcome helps to ensure that Winchester City Council will have strong planning policies for the future which are essential to deal with speculative development challenges that conflict with planning policies such as the new one for 500 homes at Pitt Vale, off Romsey Road, proposed by Linden Homes.

Douglas Paterson, chairman of the Dever Society, set up to fight the plans, said he was delighted: “This really good news. It has been such a long struggle. It looks as if Zurich will give up trying to get their way.

“They have been looking for a chink in the armour of the plan, but the city council planners have done such a professional job that Zurich were not able to dislodge it.

“They have now been told by top lawyers and an appeal judge that they are wasting their time. You can never assume they have gone away for good.

“But this is really good news. Finally we can sit back and relax for a time anyway. We will be opening the champagne,” said Mr Paterson, a farmer in the middle of harvesting.

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5:03pm Thu 7 Aug 14

saintsfan76 says...

I thought before I opened up the story that this related to Wellborne but alas no...Woodwards dream lives on unfortunately!
I thought before I opened up the story that this related to Wellborne but alas no...Woodwards dream lives on unfortunately! saintsfan76
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7:46pm Thu 7 Aug 14

lastminmoran says...

MAYBE the reason is the national shortage of bricks!!!!!!come on lets be honest its just a matter of time. people love living in Hampshire, perhaps they could annex Dorset and Sussex....move into wilts,berks,and surrey.....oh they already have........maybe like graveyards we could build on top of existing homes...still on the bright -side and for the time being..one must be grateful for small mercy's.
MAYBE the reason is the national shortage of bricks!!!!!!come on lets be honest its just a matter of time. people love living in Hampshire, perhaps they could annex Dorset and Sussex....move into wilts,berks,and surrey.....oh they already have........maybe like graveyards we could build on top of existing homes...still on the bright -side and for the time being..one must be grateful for small mercy's. lastminmoran
  • Score: 2

8:28am Fri 8 Aug 14

joiner123 says...

Meanwhile acres of derelict land in the cities go unused. New builds won't easy the housing crisis as most people trying to get on the ladder can't afford then
Meanwhile acres of derelict land in the cities go unused. New builds won't easy the housing crisis as most people trying to get on the ladder can't afford then joiner123
  • Score: 1

8:28am Fri 8 Aug 14

joiner123 says...

Meanwhile acres of derelict land in the cities go unused. New builds won't easy the housing crisis as most people trying to get on the ladder can't afford them
Meanwhile acres of derelict land in the cities go unused. New builds won't easy the housing crisis as most people trying to get on the ladder can't afford them joiner123
  • Score: 18

8:28am Fri 8 Aug 14

joiner123 says...

Meanwhile acres of derelict land in the cities go unused. New builds won't easy the housing crisis as most people trying to get on the ladder can't afford them
Meanwhile acres of derelict land in the cities go unused. New builds won't easy the housing crisis as most people trying to get on the ladder can't afford them joiner123
  • Score: 1

6:23pm Fri 8 Aug 14

forest hump says...

joiner123 wrote:
Meanwhile acres of derelict land in the cities go unused. New builds won't easy the housing crisis as most people trying to get on the ladder can't afford them
I'm not saying this three times but:- the reason "most people" cannot access "the ladder" is because dumb councils keep refusing new builds and consequently drives up prices. Maintain this approach and the whole market will eventually stall. Sad, sad policies set by those who could not give a rats whether houses are built or not. I'm alright Jack, screw you lot.
[quote][p][bold]joiner123[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile acres of derelict land in the cities go unused. New builds won't easy the housing crisis as most people trying to get on the ladder can't afford them[/p][/quote]I'm not saying this three times but:- the reason "most people" cannot access "the ladder" is because dumb councils keep refusing new builds and consequently drives up prices. Maintain this approach and the whole market will eventually stall. Sad, sad policies set by those who could not give a rats whether houses are built or not. I'm alright Jack, screw you lot. forest hump
  • Score: 1

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