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.