Twenty-five year planning wrangle in Bishop's Waltham takes fresh turn

Twenty-five year planning wrangle in Bishop's Waltham takes fresh turn

Twenty-five year planning wrangle in Bishop's Waltham takes fresh turn

First published in News

THE development of land in Bishop’s Waltham which has been the subject of a 25-year wrangle rumbles on.

The land adjacent to Pondside Lane will make way for 24 new homes, with space set aside for the parish to install two playgrounds and a recreation area.

But on the advice of Winchester planning officers, the parish council has extended its timetable for completion of the playground from one year to two.

Parish clerk Lindsay Edge told a meeting on Tuesday: “The developer has to have the land fit for us to put the playground in and we have to then install it.

“A year can go by very quickly so the open spaces officer at Winchester suggested we change the timescale. The last I heard they were looking at spring before the land would be ready.”

The council had wanted to secure the whole site for recreational use, but was only able to secure a compulsory purchase order for a small fraction of the land. It then transpired in 2003 that they could not afford the asking price.

It was finally settled and permission to develop the new houses was granted, with the parish satisfied that the developer’s plans met residents’ needs.

The Chronicle reported in September last year that the wrangle was settled in under an hour at a meeting of Winchester city planning chiefs.

In the 1980s the City Council fought development on the site, but the need for affordable homes and support from residents changed over the years.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree