Winchester's Barton Farm developer is unhappy

Barton Farm  appeal over ruling delay

Barton Farm appeal over ruling delay

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

THE developer of the 2,000-home Barton Farm scheme has appealed because council planners are taking too long to reach a decision.

CALA Homes is unhappy about Winchester City Council’s non-determination within the deadline. CALA proposes the homes, some 800 of which will be social housing, as well as shops, a primary school and open spaces on farmland off Andover Road.

Mike Emett, CALA land director, said yesterday: “We were concerned about the length of time it was taking, so we felt we had no choice but to appeal.”

The scheme is hugely controversial with some 800 objections to the biggest expansion of Winchester since Badger Farm was first approved in the 1970s.

A public inquiry is being arranged for September.

In the meantime, if councillors say they would have approved the application then the public inquiry is unlikely to be held.

The final decision will be made by the Secretary of State.

CALA has also resubmitted an identical application to run concurrently with the appeal.

Mr Emett said: “It allows us to continue the dialogue in the hope that a positive decision locally can be achieved before the public inquiry takes place.”

Gavin Blackman, chairman of the Save Barton Farm Group, said: “[This] shows that CALA is determined to destroy this farmland despite the overwhelming opposition of Winchester residents. We trust that the city council will again refuse CALA’s application.”

CALA hopes to secure planning permission this year, start work in 2011-12, with the first homes going up in 2012-13 and completion by 2023.

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10:57am Thu 29 Apr 10

StEmmosfire says...

Dont build it, save our green belt. There is no need for new housing this is a fallacy.
Dont build it, save our green belt. There is no need for new housing this is a fallacy. StEmmosfire
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2:34pm Thu 29 Apr 10

Ted Rogers says...

StEmmosfire wrote:
Dont build it, save our green belt. There is no need for new housing this is a fallacy.
Completely agree re the green belt. There are enough brownfield sites to accomodate new housing requirements.
[quote][p][bold]StEmmosfire[/bold] wrote: Dont build it, save our green belt. There is no need for new housing this is a fallacy.[/p][/quote]Completely agree re the green belt. There are enough brownfield sites to accomodate new housing requirements. Ted Rogers
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6:37pm Thu 29 Apr 10

mjh says...

Ted Rogers wrote:
StEmmosfire wrote: Dont build it, save our green belt. There is no need for new housing this is a fallacy.
Completely agree re the green belt. There are enough brownfield sites to accomodate new housing requirements.
I agree with both correspondents; as the person who told the Hampshire Chronicle about this appeal (it was hidden away on the council website), I think that Cala Homes' tactics are extremely dubious; they are trying to circumvent local opinion by getting the decision made by the Secretary of State. Winchester's transport, eductional and medical infrastructure is struggling now; it certainly can't cope with an increase in population of 6-8000 people (i.e. 15-20%)
[quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StEmmosfire[/bold] wrote: Dont build it, save our green belt. There is no need for new housing this is a fallacy.[/p][/quote]Completely agree re the green belt. There are enough brownfield sites to accomodate new housing requirements.[/p][/quote]I agree with both correspondents; as the person who told the Hampshire Chronicle about this appeal (it was hidden away on the council website), I think that Cala Homes' tactics are extremely dubious; they are trying to circumvent local opinion by getting the decision made by the Secretary of State. Winchester's transport, eductional and medical infrastructure is struggling now; it certainly can't cope with an increase in population of 6-8000 people (i.e. 15-20%) mjh
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7:15pm Thu 29 Apr 10

Irate Wintonian says...

mjh wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
StEmmosfire wrote: Dont build it, save our green belt. There is no need for new housing this is a fallacy.
Completely agree re the green belt. There are enough brownfield sites to accomodate new housing requirements.
I agree with both correspondents; as the person who told the Hampshire Chronicle about this appeal (it was hidden away on the council website), I think that Cala Homes' tactics are extremely dubious; they are trying to circumvent local opinion by getting the decision made by the Secretary of State. Winchester's transport, eductional and medical infrastructure is struggling now; it certainly can't cope with an increase in population of 6-8000 people (i.e. 15-20%)
Build it now!
The article states only 800 objections. By your own figures that is only 2% of the City's population that object!
[quote][p][bold]mjh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StEmmosfire[/bold] wrote: Dont build it, save our green belt. There is no need for new housing this is a fallacy.[/p][/quote]Completely agree re the green belt. There are enough brownfield sites to accomodate new housing requirements.[/p][/quote]I agree with both correspondents; as the person who told the Hampshire Chronicle about this appeal (it was hidden away on the council website), I think that Cala Homes' tactics are extremely dubious; they are trying to circumvent local opinion by getting the decision made by the Secretary of State. Winchester's transport, eductional and medical infrastructure is struggling now; it certainly can't cope with an increase in population of 6-8000 people (i.e. 15-20%)[/p][/quote]Build it now! The article states only 800 objections. By your own figures that is only 2% of the City's population that object! Irate Wintonian
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9:28pm Thu 29 Apr 10

desirodave says...

I think Winchester needs more homes.
A friend of mine can not afford to buy a home and has been told by the City council it is unlikely they will ever get a council flat.

My friend was born raised and educated in Winchester - yet she has to live outside the city
I think Winchester needs more homes. A friend of mine can not afford to buy a home and has been told by the City council it is unlikely they will ever get a council flat. My friend was born raised and educated in Winchester - yet she has to live outside the city desirodave
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9:45pm Thu 29 Apr 10

mjh says...

desirodave wrote:
I think Winchester needs more homes. A friend of mine can not afford to buy a home and has been told by the City council it is unlikely they will ever get a council flat. My friend was born raised and educated in Winchester - yet she has to live outside the city
I'm not denying that Winchester needs affordable housing, but there are plenty of sites (Silver Hill for example) which have far less negative impact on existing residents and don't take land which is needed to grow food!
[quote][p][bold]desirodave[/bold] wrote: I think Winchester needs more homes. A friend of mine can not afford to buy a home and has been told by the City council it is unlikely they will ever get a council flat. My friend was born raised and educated in Winchester - yet she has to live outside the city[/p][/quote]I'm not denying that Winchester needs affordable housing, but there are plenty of sites (Silver Hill for example) which have far less negative impact on existing residents and don't take land which is needed to grow food! mjh
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