News: November 2020

When the second Covid-19 lockdown started the East Woodhay and Highclere Neighbourcare Coronavirus Support Newsletter which ran weekly from March until 31st July restarted. Links to the latest issues are below:

Below are extracts from our most recent newsletter (November) which goes out via email to all our members.

The Society Golf Day

Good news - an event for your diary! The next golf day golf is booked for 19th March 2021 at Newbury & Crookham Golf Club. Contact Ian Briggs at ian-briggs*AT* for more information or to book.

Planning Applications

As noted in our last issue, members receive details of recent planning applications made in the parish.

If any Society member also wishes to object or comment on any planning application (as the Society's Planning sub-committee objection only counts as 1 objection) they should write/e-mail to the appropriate officers at Basingstoke & Deane or quoting the appropriate planning application reference number and are requested to also send a copy of their e-mail to the planning sub-committee chair (rgs*AT* so that members' views, are known. Please be aware that any such objection, will be included in the BDBC website and will be public knowledge.

Below is further information on planning and the role of your Society.

Since the formation of the Society, about 25 years ago, Committee members have monitored all planning applications in Highclere Parish and, if felt necessary, we have commented (objecting or supporting) on behalf of members. To do this we formed a Planning subcommittee with some members from the main Committee and other members with a special interest in planning.

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council is the local planning authority. They receive applications and register them online so that anyone can view the details. In addition, the application must be advised by a public roadside notice on or near the property concerned. They also usually notify adjoining property owners by post.

A planning officer will review the application against a framework of national and local rules and guidance and recommend acceptance or refusal. Any resident may write in support or object for any reason. If enough such letters or emails are received it will show popular opinion and cause the officer's decision to be reviewed at a public meeting of the Development Control Committee, a subset of the Borough Council. Otherwise the officer’s decision stands. If the case is in a grey area this committee will often favour the residents, so it is worth getting a large number to comment.

For an objection to succeed however the application must be shown to breach one or more of the rules. The Society Planning committee members study the rules and make considered objections. We have considerable standing at Basingstoke. In 2002 we produced the Highclere Village Design Statement (PDF) which was adopted by the Planners as a material consideration. It is being replaced by the Neighbourhood Plan currently in production. This work is led by a member of both the Society’s Planning and Main committee.

So, your Society will take a considered view of each application against the current planning rules and object on your behalf. If you feel strongly about any application, please comment individually in your own words in an email to the case officer.

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