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Stand Up for the

North Hampshire Downs

March 2021

Thursday 18 March 2021 

 Full Council Meeting

Basingstoke Councillors debated protection of Basingstoke & Deane's precious landscapes

On Thursday night, Cllr Mark Ruffell brought a Motion to Full Council to gain support for protecting Basingstoke’s important landscapes.

The motion sought to ask Officers and the EPH Committee to examine working with residents, neighbouring designated areas, neighbouring district and county councils and Natural England and other interested bodies to examine what areas of the Borough should seek designation in order to protect our historic villages and landscapes.

In the same manner it asked Officers and the EPH Committee to examine working with residents, neighbouring designated areas, neighbouring district and county councils and other interested bodies to establish nature recovery networks in order to protect our historic villages and landscapes.

 

After some discussion the debate was adjourned and the council has asked that the motion be brought back with wording adjusted to emphasise the importance of all our valued landscapes throughout the borough.

 

To listen to the debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSPeVNfUbM4 –   (skip to 2 hours 28 minutes to hear Cllr Ruffell’s Motion).

 

STaNHD think that the area being proposed for the Upper Swallick development should be part of a green network of high quality landscapes around Basingstoke, protected for the enjoyment of the residents of Basingstoke and neighbouring communities.

 

Please urge your local councillor, wherever you are, to support a strong planning framework within which housing can be built that is truly affordable and in sustainable locations.

It is time that our communities are planned, not by developers but by planning experts with the public interest at heart.

 

Please write to your local council candidates in the run up to the election on 6 May 2021 to ask them

to support this idea.

Find your councillor here: https://democracy.basingstoke.gov.uk/mgFindMember.aspx

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STaNHD, Stand up for the North Hampshire Downs

 is a group set up by local people to protect and promote the North Hampshire Downs for the community and future generations to experience and enjoy.

Portsmouth Estates have submitted a concept document for "Upper Swallick Garden Village" which would ultimately be a new town consisting of at least 2500 houses. The development would be the size of central Basingstoke and would concrete over a large area of pristine chalk downland.

The area under threat from this specific development stretches south and west of Basingstoke from Cliddesden and the M3 to the A339 reaching as far as Winslade and  Ellisfield. 

 

However the greater area of chalk downland that is the North Hampshire Downs needs our protection.

The aim is to preserve this beautiful landscape for future generations

Once this farmland is gone, it is gone.

We need to act.

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