Barton Farm will create 8,000 jobs

Barton Farm

Barton Farm

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

THE CONTROVERSIAL Barton Farm housing scheme is set to give Winchester a huge jobs boost and a cash windfall for the city council, according to the development boss.

Mike Emett, director of Cala Homes, says the plan, given outline permission by the Government on Tuesday, will create some 8,000 jobs.

And the 2,000 homes will net Winchester City Council some £20 million in a ‘new homes bonus.’ Mr Emett was speaking to the Daily Echo the day after Secretary of State Eric Pickles gave thel go-ahead for the scheme which first surfaced in the mid-1990s.

He said the House Builders’ Federation estimate that four jobs are created for every house built, from the initial groundwork to jobs provided when the scheme is completed.

Cala plans to build a primary school, food store, community building, health centre, 60-bedroom nursing home, a district energy centre, park and ride for up to 200 cars and allotments.

Mr Emett said the infrastructure such as schools and health centre would be among the first things to be built.

First Cala must get detailed planning permission but that is now likely to be a formality.

Mr Emett said the detailed application was unlikely this year but he hoped for full planning permission by mid-2013, builders on site later next year and the first homes completed in 2014.

“There will be plenty of jobs for local people. We have already had enquiries from them. This will create a huge number of jobs, directly on the actual building and in the supply chain and then when it is completed in the services such as the school and health centre.

“We seek local sub-contractors and all our construction staff are sub-contractors. This will not be a 12-month build; we expect it will last 12 years,” he said.

Mr Emett disputed that Barton Farm would put a burden on local infrastructure. “We are largely self-supporting; the infrastructure will be provided on site and paid for by us, so we do not put a burden on local facilities.

“The city council will receive a ‘new homes bonus’ from the Government which it will be able to invest in community facilities across the city, actually improving the infrastructure.”

On traffic Mr Emett said the 2,000 homes would reduce the congestion because fewer people would need to drive into Winchester from Eastleigh and Southampton. Although the Pickles decision is a blow, the anti-development Save Barton Farm Group has not given up their fight and are considering legal action.

Mr Emett, whose first involvement with Barton Farm was when he worked on the purchase of the freehold from Winchester College in 1998, declined to be drawn on commenting on the campaigners’ determination.

Meanwhile on the ‘new homes bonus’ a city council spokesman said the amount would be “significant”

but could not say at this stage if the £20m figure was correct.

The money for each house is paid as an annual grant over six years. On other schemes the council has been receiving the bonus and using it to reduce the council tax bill.

 

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3:41pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Shoong says...

I'm not particularly against the development, just remember what Mr Emett has said, and if it proves to be BS, lynch him
I'm not particularly against the development, just remember what Mr Emett has said, and if it proves to be BS, lynch him Shoong
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3:56pm Thu 4 Oct 12

one in a million says...

8000 jobs, 24,000 cars......
8000 jobs, 24,000 cars...... one in a million
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4:48pm Thu 4 Oct 12

sotonboy84 says...

Best of luck to the campaigners - hang in there!
Best of luck to the campaigners - hang in there! sotonboy84
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7:00pm Thu 4 Oct 12

George4th says...

Homes and Jobs are what we need and Winchester can handle it, even if it does disturb their peace for a little while!
Homes and Jobs are what we need and Winchester can handle it, even if it does disturb their peace for a little while! George4th
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7:10pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Mr E says...

Just where are these 8000 jobs going to be Exactly ?
Just where are these 8000 jobs going to be Exactly ? Mr E
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11:45pm Thu 4 Oct 12

yellowcard says...

they will be temporary jobs whilst the construction is going on .
they will be temporary jobs whilst the construction is going on . yellowcard
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12:32am Fri 5 Oct 12

andysaints007 says...

one in a million wrote:
8000 jobs, 24,000 cars......
Huh !!!
[quote][p][bold]one in a million[/bold] wrote: 8000 jobs, 24,000 cars......[/p][/quote]Huh !!! andysaints007
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3:02pm Thu 11 Oct 12

RufflesTruffles says...

Where will 2,000 jobs come from?
It's already busy enough in town.
Where will all the children get their education? They are already having to knock down a brilliant nursery, so they can build a new primary school.
What about all the extra traffic?
The strain on public transport, and other public services?

We are already getting enough problems from all the people in Chilbolton Avenue's new flats. We don't need 8,000 more people!
Where will 2,000 jobs come from? It's already busy enough in town. Where will all the children get their education? They are already having to knock down a brilliant nursery, so they can build a new primary school. What about all the extra traffic? The strain on public transport, and other public services? We are already getting enough problems from all the people in Chilbolton Avenue's new flats. We don't need 8,000 more people! RufflesTruffles
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4:01pm Sat 13 Oct 12

Smitey86 says...

Although the increase in housing and jobs is great for Winchester, I cannot help but feel a little sorry for the loss of valuable and depleting green land.

Especially when you consider that there exists a more than adequate site with better access and infrastructure on the outskirts of Winchester, I am of course referring to Bushfield Camp near Badger Farm.

I know that there is some local opposition to the development of Bushfield but what would honestly make more sense? Building on a brown field site like Bushfield which is littered with abandoned buildings, burnt out cars and riddled with crime.
Or developing a greenfield site like Barton Farm with its green fields, trees and rich wildlife.

For me this would have been a no brainer, surely it is more important to retain our greenbelt land than some forgotten brownfield site.
Although the increase in housing and jobs is great for Winchester, I cannot help but feel a little sorry for the loss of valuable and depleting green land. Especially when you consider that there exists a more than adequate site with better access and infrastructure on the outskirts of Winchester, I am of course referring to Bushfield Camp near Badger Farm. I know that there is some local opposition to the development of Bushfield but what would honestly make more sense? Building on a brown field site like Bushfield which is littered with abandoned buildings, burnt out cars and riddled with crime. Or developing a greenfield site like Barton Farm with its green fields, trees and rich wildlife. For me this would have been a no brainer, surely it is more important to retain our greenbelt land than some forgotten brownfield site. Smitey86
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3:08pm Wed 17 Oct 12

jen1977 says...

" Mr Emett said the 2,000 homes would reduce the congestion because fewer people would need to drive into Winchester from Eastleigh and Southampton."

People currently living in Eastleigh and Southampton working in Winchester are not going to suddenly relocate to the Barton farm site. For one the housing wont be affordable, - (especially for first time buyers), and secondly houses that have been recently build in Winchester over the past couple of years are having trouble selling, so why build more houses that wont get sold!!
" Mr Emett said the 2,000 homes would reduce the congestion because fewer people would need to drive into Winchester from Eastleigh and Southampton." People currently living in Eastleigh and Southampton working in Winchester are not going to suddenly relocate to the Barton farm site. For one the housing wont be affordable, - (especially for first time buyers), and secondly houses that have been recently build in Winchester over the past couple of years are having trouble selling, so why build more houses that wont get sold!! jen1977
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