News - May/June 2009

People who join the Society receive regular email letters ahead of publication on this page.

Below are extracts from May and June newsletters, and links to a selection of articles from our newsletter archive.

Overhead Noise

Members have commented on recent frequent low flying helicopters especially the one that targeted our chimney pots 11pm Tuesday night!

The space above us is allocated to the RAF for pilot training on both helicopters and planes. I guess we have a helicopter training course on at the moment. We do not get a vote.

The other users of our airspace at different levels and times that I know of are as I understand it:

Sunday 28th June - Highclere Society Hog Roast - 1pm arrival

This event is now fully booked, and a waiting list is in place.

By popular demand we are having a Hog Roast this year in Erica Harman's beautiful garden. The format will be similar to last year with Fizz and canapés to start. Our gazebo village layout will protect you from the sun or rain (hopefully not the latter).

Reserve your place now, to avoid disappointment, by reply email or phoning me on 255 377. Tickets £12.50 adult members, £15.00 non member adults and £5.00 all children.

If you prefer the vegetarian option please state at the time of booking.

Feedback on Highclere Estate Enabling Development (ED) Policy

The Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) Environmental Overview Committee voted on Wednesday 29th April that the questions raised by local speakers should be fully answered and the Policy revised before the Committee decides if they should recommend the strengthened Policy to Cabinet.

I spoke as best I could in 5 minutes to reflect the diverse views of Society members. My requests included an over arching stronger policy to preview sites together, further scrutiny of alternative ways of funding, justifying and minimising the repairs qualifying for ED funding and the provision of increased access, particularly local. There were many other well presented speeches.

The outcome was the best possible result we could have at this stage. It will be some time now before a revised Policy is presented again. Final Council approval is thus exceedingly unlikely now before the end of the year. Then due to its high profile the Policy will most likely be called in by the Secretary of State.

As I have said before, rightly or wrongly, we think it better to have a Policy than not. We would rather there was no ED. Highclere will have ED Planning Applications from the Estate with or without a Policy. The Society will comment upon these at the time with even more care than usual.

A video of the meeting and a copy of all the documents etc are available on the BDBC website www.basingstoke.gov.uk

Patrick Hedgeland
Chairman

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