Strategic Issues and Priorities Consultation for the new WCC Local Plan – update

Text of an email sent to the contacts list:

As promised, please see attached the full response from Oliver’s Battery Parish Council (PC) on completing the Strategic Issues and Priorities consultation for the Winchester District’s new Local Plan, promoted on Winchester City Council’s website as Your Place Your Plan.  NB the closing date is 12 April 2021.

The first page is the “About you” page from the consultation website, relevant for a submission from an organisation. The link to this page in the consultation is https://winchester.citizenspace.com/policy-and-planning/wcc-local-plan-sip/consultation/subpage.2021-02-02.3630792804/.  This is marked in the consultation as a required section and within it answers are required to questions 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 14.  Although the answers do not need to be provided in this format it is important that they are clearly included in your response.

You have received the shorter versions of the PC’s response covering the key issues and may have already responded to WCC.

If you want to provide a more complete response, the PC hopes you will find the attached helpful but, of course, you can choose whether or not to follow the PC’s responses.

If you are following the PC’s responses, where possible please use your own words.

Not everyone in Oliver’s Battery is on this Contacts List, so please feel free to share this with any local residents who you think might find it useful.

Strategic Issues and Priorities consultation – OBPC response – Full Final – 6 April

Golf Course and possible development

South Winchester Golf Course – Bloor Homes Southern site investigation map

The photo  in the above link was taken by a local resident of a map on the Golf Course.

Another local resident was told by the contractors it was for the Environment Agency (EA), but when checked, the EA denied any knowledge of any work there.

An email sent to golf club members confirms that the survey being undertaken at the club is by a property specialist, to establish the site’s suitability for future development.

Attention is drawn not only to the locations of works across the golf course but that the client is noted as Bloor Homes Southern.

Golf Course and further developments

This update is based on the letter from the Golf Club manager to members, which confirms that the survey being undertaken at the club by a property specialist this week is in connection with a future development.

As noted in the earlier post, the South Winchester Golf Course is included in the SHELAA (Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment), which are sites that landowners tell WCC are available for development.  WCC has concluded that the site can be developed with enough space for 1,072 houses between 10 and 15 years in the future.

If you want to let WCC know what you think about development at the Golf Course and about Royaldown, please see other posts in News about how to respond to the WCC consultation “Your Place Your Plan”.

Golf Course and possible development

A local resident has reported, via Jan Warwick our County Councillor, that a firm is doing a survey and/or soil tests across the whole area of South Winchester Golf Course, which appears to be something to do with a housing development.

The South Winchester golf course is included in the SHELAA (Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment), which are sites that landowners tell WCC are available for development.

Finding out about this makes it even more important that as many people as possible respond to the local plan consultation.  See post dated 20th March below for how to respond.  Post is named – Royaldown / Save South Winchester /Local Plan Consultation

This site would fit into WCC’s Homes for All Option 2, which is why we have issued guidance to local residents about the importance of responding to the consultation and why we think Option 2 (an extension of Winchester) is the third worst option (Option 3 new settlement, eg Royaldown, being worst).

The consultation is not just about the risk of a development like Royaldown but also other large developments in and around Oliver’s Battery. 

If you haven’t already responded to the consultation, please do so before 12 April.

The Council are trying to establish what is happening at the golf course and why and will update you when we receive any further information.

Royaldown / Save South Winchester /Local Plan Consultation

In relation to the guidance for Residents on Completing the Winchester City Council Strategic Options and Priorities Consultation issued by the PC recently, I’ve received a request to simplify the guidance to only the Green Belt and Homes for All Options, for those who would like to support the PC and SSW and just want to respond to these key issues.

Completing the whole consultation is challenging even with guidance, so as requested, I’ve attached guidance only focussed to the Green Belt and Homes for All Options.

I’ve also included some guidance  on how to find your way into the consultation, which I hope you’ll find helpful. Please click on the link  below to download the document.

OBPC Guidance for Local Residents – Green Belt and Homes for All Options

I’ve changed the colour of some of the text to red if you want to go completely minimalist and not include any of the associated info. Please don’t forget to rank the 4 Options in Q1 of Homes for All (although none are the preferred option, by ranking these options you are confirming to WCC which are the worst), as well as including Option 5 as the preferred option.

Please remember, if you want to answer more questions, you can do so and further guidance will be issued in early April.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

David Kirkby

Vice Chair Oliver’s Battery Parish Council

cllr.kirkby@oliversbattery.info

National Census Day Action Fraud Advice

From Neighbourhood Alert:

As most people may be aware, National Census Day is on 21 March.

As part of this, households across the UK are currently receiving letters which include an unique 16-digit code to access the census online.

Criminals may try to use this as an opportunity to send out phishing emails or texts. Below is advice from our Action Fraud partners:

* You will only be contacted about the census via letter – never email, text or phone.
* When filling out the census you will be asked for personal details such as your date of birth, your occupation and where you live. You will never be asked to provided your national insurance numbers or financial details.

For information about the census, please visit: https://census.gov.uk/

Advice on keeping yourself safe from scams can be found here: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/personal-fraud/prevent-personal-fraud/

https://www.hampshirealert.co.uk/

Royaldown / Save South Winchester / Local Plan consultation

As promised, please click here: Strategic Options and Priorities consultation – OBPC Guidance for Local Residents to see the initial guidance from Oliver’s Battery Parish Council (PC) on completing the Strategic Issues and Priorities consultation for the Winchester District’s new Local Plan, promoted on Winchester City Council’s website as Your Place Your Plan.

If you are a registered supporter of Save South Winchester, you may also receive some guidance from the Save South Winchester Campaign Group (SSWCG).  Some of the detail is different but what both the PC and SSWCG agree is that the two most important items in responding to the consultation are promoting a 5th Option in Issue 4: Homes for All and the importance of a Green Belt in South Winchester in Issue2: Biodiversity and the Natural Environment.  Both are explained in detail in the guidance.

The PC hopes you will find the attached guidance helpful but, of course, you can choose whether or not to follow the guidance.

Not everyone in Oliver’s Battery is on this Contacts List, so please feel free to share this guidance with any local residents who you think might find it useful.

David Kirkby

Vice Chair Oliver’s Battery Parish Council

cllr.kirkby@oliversbattery.info

Oliver’s Battery Community Film Nights

Watch a film from the comfort of your armchair with Oliver’s  Battery Community Film nights, showing on alternate Wednesday evenings.
Please see the banner displayed by the bike shop, with QR code.
All details of film, newsletters, how to join in at www.obcfilm.co.uk
Look out for updated information about when we are able to return to a community venue, which we will publish as soon as we are able to.
Jan and the team

Promotion of Countryside Code due to popular demand – Central Hants

The Access Teams at Hampshire County Council wish to promote their latest edition of the Rights of Way Access Teams newsletter and an educational video promoting the Countryside Code.

Due to a high demand from users of the Rights of Way network, landowners and Parish Councils, HCC has produced a ‘Countryside Code Special’ for their Newsletter this month, and alongside this an educational video regarding dogs in the countryside.

The message is to ‘Respect, Protect and Enjoy’ our countryside and the Rights of Way network, especially during this time when we are seeing a huge increase in the network being enjoyed by people.

Here is a link to the Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/e634c313c262/accessteamsmarch-2021-newsletter

Link to the dog video: https://youtu.be/nixVnq6DejY