Barton Farm plans on show to public in Winchester

Barton Farm looking north

The proposed green at Barton Farm

Andover Road as envisaged under the plans

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PLANS for Barton Farm that went on public display yesterday (January 31) have been met with emotions ranging from disapproval to caution.

At Winchester’s Guildhall developer Cala Homes put on a public information day with a series pictures showing how they expect the 2,000-home development to look.

A steady stream of concerned residents came to look at the presentation, with the main worries being the re-routing of Andover Road and whether Winchester can accommodate the amount of traffic the estate will bring.

And the artist’s impressions did not impress the public either.

Robert Wellbeloved, of Orchard Close, said: “They should have put a proper three-dimensional model on display - which is actually fairly common now – so we could really see what it will look like.”

Pensioner Tony Westlake, of Courtney Road, said: “These displays seem like a lot of froth and not much substance to me.”

Many visitors were cautious about whether the site will turn out as presented in the developer’s pictures.

Vera Bruty, retired, of Manningford Close, said: “This development will not be the way Cala say it is going to be. The one thing I think is really bad is that Barton Farm is going to be an island. It’s hemmed in and there is only one main road that leads out of it. I just cannot see how the people living on that island will get out.”

But a spokesman for Cala said: “I think the road has come up today, yes. But also it’s difficult because we’re not necessarily at the stage when we have total plans for people to see yet. This is an overview of the outline consent that already exists.”

Work on the designs for the first phase is due to be completed by the end of 2013 and building should begin in early 2014, with the first homes ready by late 2014.

Cala has outline planning permission but a new application will be submitted for the details.

A council report said the scheme is due to take 10-15 years to complete.

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5:14pm Fri 1 Feb 13

ascapola says...

It's not just Barton Farm itself, but its impact on the city's infrastructure and the council must ensure that Cala homes fund improvements off site - for example a proper cycle path right down Andover Road to City Road, and preventing rat-running
It's not just Barton Farm itself, but its impact on the city's infrastructure and the council must ensure that Cala homes fund improvements off site - for example a proper cycle path right down Andover Road to City Road, and preventing rat-running ascapola
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7:55pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Stevie G B says...

OMG! thats a whole new town! Barton Town or Barton City anyone? where will Barton City footie ground go?
OMG! thats a whole new town! Barton Town or Barton City anyone? where will Barton City footie ground go? Stevie G B
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8:14pm Wed 6 Feb 13

cardinalfang says...

Cala will simply build the houses and walk away. It'll be the mugs paying council tax that'll foot the bill for the additional local services required. And I bet a lot of those houses will be snapped up by buy-to-let landlords who'll make a fortune from tenants rehoused there because there is no council housing stock. All crony corporatism.
Cala will simply build the houses and walk away. It'll be the mugs paying council tax that'll foot the bill for the additional local services required. And I bet a lot of those houses will be snapped up by buy-to-let landlords who'll make a fortune from tenants rehoused there because there is no council housing stock. All crony corporatism. cardinalfang
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8:36pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Stevie G B says...

Also why is andover road potrayed as a lane with no car traffic? It shows people pushing their prams and buggies along the road! Thats not the andover road I know so well as a pedestrian! Can't wait to see artist/developer impression of the andover road detour into New Social City (sorry meant barton farm) and it takes into account of the traffic jams at rush hours! As a born and bred Wintonian, I fear our lovely city is going to be totally unrecognisable in 20 years time! some things are best left alone! lets not forget the horrible architects of the 60's/70's that knocked down historical to replace with ugly modern concrete!
Also why is andover road potrayed as a lane with no car traffic? It shows people pushing their prams and buggies along the road! Thats not the andover road I know so well as a pedestrian! Can't wait to see artist/developer impression of the andover road detour into New Social City (sorry meant barton farm) and it takes into account of the traffic jams at rush hours! As a born and bred Wintonian, I fear our lovely city is going to be totally unrecognisable in 20 years time! some things are best left alone! lets not forget the horrible architects of the 60's/70's that knocked down historical to replace with ugly modern concrete! Stevie G B
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