Loperwood Decision in Lymington
The fate of this field in Loperwood, Calmore, will be decided next Tuesday, 26th September, at a Public Inquiry.
Developers want to build a housing estate on the land.
The scheme prompted about 100 formal objections, (mostly from local residents).
The planning application was turned down by New Forest District Council, but the developers are (not surprisingly) exercising their right to an appeal.
I supported “refusal”, not because I don’t want housing to be built or that I think that this area of land is unsuitable.
My reason is simply that NFDC has not been given the chance to complete its Local Area Plan.
I think most people would agree we need more housing, but that it needs to be done in a planned way, with thought given to infrastructure, community facilities that go alongside housing and how it all fits properly together.
Unfortunately, the Tory government does not accept this argument and has given instructions to Planning Inspectors to allow developments, even in advance of local area plans having been agreed.
It’s all part of the promised “housing boom” proposals that national politicians have been promising us.
So, given the fact that the Tories, nationally, have established what is to happen, your local Tory Councillors have decided that it is not worth engaging lawyers and having planning officers appearing in front of the Inspector and defending their decision to refuse.
They have already decided to offer no evidence at the Inquiry.
I do not know whether the decision to hold the Inquiry so far away from Totton is linked to this.
I cannot think of any reason why the Inquiry could not have been undertaken at Totton Civic Centre, or a similar, local building.
It makes it even less likely that local objectors will decide to turn up and make representations.
I think we all know what the outcome of the Inspectors Inquiry will be.
Once again, it is one of those issues in which I hope I am proved wrong.
It would be so much better if housing was developed in an orderly, planned, way… in the same manner as West Totton was done, with a green route, green spaces, play park and schools/ facilities.
I will let anyone who “likes” my Facebook Page know the outcome in due course.
I cannot be confident that the local Tory representatives are keeping people in touch with what’s happening.
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