Since the Society’s inception in 1986 we have taken an active role in local planning issues. More recently, Trustees and members of the Society were actively involved in the Neighbourhood Plan put together by the Parish Council in 2013-2015 and in the subsequent Bishops Waltham Village Design Statement published in 2016.
Over the last couple of years, the Society has responded to the following Planning Applications. To read our correspondence in each instance just 'click' on the blue planning application number:
Abbey Mill, application no. 17/02075/FUL - a further letter of objection dated 2nd July 2018.
Albany Farm, application no. 18/00254/REM - welcome for some changes but continued objections, dated 27th March 2018.
Ashton Close, 20/00434/TPO was an application to remove a large, old oak tree in Ashton Close. The Society objected strongly because it is the only significant tree in Ashton Close and as such softens the landscape and forms a major focal point. Its loss would have had a severe detrimental effect on the local visual aspect. The application was refused in 2020.
Coppice Hill, Phase 2, application no. 17/03237/FUL - welcome to revisions and two suggestions for further improvement, dated 8th February 2018.
Locks Farm Standby Generator, application no. 18/01337/FUL - an objection on the precautionary principle dated 3rd August. Second letter questioning the accuracy of some the information supplied by the developer’s agent, dated 10th August 2018.
Locks Farm Solar Farm, application no. 21/01391/FUL. Theoretically and at face value a "good idea". But the Society has strongly objected to it after much consideration. South Downs National Park, Campaign for Rural England (CPRE), Shedfield and Bishop's Waltham Parish Councils and Bishop's Waltham Museum Trust also oppose it.
Malt Lane development, application no. 18/00170/FUL - a mixture of support for some features with reservations about others dated 5th March. This was followed by an extended, 4-page letter with appendices about the archaeological potential of the site, dated 16th March 2018. Just over a year later, in July 2019, Tracy Matthews, Historic Environment (Archaeology) Officer at Winchester City Council, made a consultee comment about the importance of the site that referred to our year-old submission. This planning application was refused by WCC in July 2019.
A new application for Malt Lane was submitted in February 2021 (21/00359/FUL) and the Society wrote a letter on 18th March in support of this new plan, though we also voiced some remaining reservations. We also wrote separately, on the same date, making the case for a full archaeological excavation of the site.
Postmead, Shore Lane, application no. 17/01723/FUL - continued objection to revised plans for a large block of retirement homes on the edge of the town, dated 16th April. Subsequently representation to the Planning Inspectorate regarding the Appeal by Churchill Retirement Homes against the planning authority’s refusal of this application. The Appeal was refused.
Postmead, Shore Lane, new application no. 18/01654/FUL - continuing objections , as before, dated 10th August. This was also refused at the Planning Appeal.
Postmead, Shore Lane - a completely new application, no. 19/02153/FUL, for 7 houses. The Society wrote in support of the application.
All these, as well as previous pieces of correspondence on these applications, can be found on Winchester City Council’s planning website. A ‘Simple Search’ using the associated application number will take you to a page that enables you to click on ‘Documents’ which are then available, uploaded (usually) in date order.
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