LATEST: Linden Homes Appeal to the Planning Inspectorate will be heard later this year. All representations must be received by 29th March 2017. You can visit the PI site (using Ref: APP/L1765/W/17/3167402) here.
Housebuilder Linden Homes originally submitted proposals for 500 houses on land to the north of Romsey Road in Winchester known locally as Pitt Vale.
The site is bordered to the south east by the A3090 and Romsey Road and the south west by Enmill Lane. It is adjacent to the entirely seperate Pitt Manor development which was granted planning permission in 2012.
The site measures 14.1 hectares and the original concept masterplan shows how the site could accommodate approximately 500 new homes, a proportion of which would be classed as affordable housing. Linden Homes say the development would incorporate 'new public open space' and 'improvements to nearby highways and drainage systems'.
Linden held a public exhibition to display initial proposals for the site on the 15th July 2014 at the Tower at Kings School with members of the project team on hand to answer questions and provide an overview of what a future planning application for the site could contain. You can download a copy of the display from that exhibition here.
The site sits within the parish of Hursley and development on it is not supported by Hursley Parish Council; the clerk to the council called the proposals 'preposterous' in a recent Hampshire Chronicle story. It lies within the Compton & Otterbourne Ward of Winchester City Council, represented by Cllr Jan Warwick and (until May 2016) Cllr Mike Southgate.
The proposals have been heavily criticised by the Pitt Village Residents' Association, led by Nick Molden, who called the plans 'speculative and vexatious' in a letter to Linden Homes dated 22 July 2014.
Talking to BBC South Today in July 2014, Winchester MP Steve Brine spoke out strongly against the proposed development saying 'enough is enough'. He said; "We are not anti-development in Winchester, infact we are more than doing our bit to address the housing shortage in this country but this is just too much for Winchester. The City Council should have no truck with it whatsoever, my constituents - already faced with Barton Farm and Pitt Manor as they are - definitely have no truck with it and their MP is furious. Enough is enough!"
The developer held a second open event for residents on Monday 8th December 2014; you can download the display boards from this event here.
After consultation, the developer told the Hampshire Chronicle (in December 2014) it had reduced the number of houses to 350 and Linden Homes submitted an outline application in June 2015 but it wasn't until April 2016 that local people were able to comment on revised plans as put to Winchester City Council.
In July 2016 the Planning Committee of Winchester City Council voted 7-1 against the application and local MP Steve Brine said "I couldn't be more pleased ... moving forward, speculative developers should be very aware that we already have a signed-off Local Plan, and we should all support our signed-off, plan led approach to the provision of new housing."
Cllr Jan Warwick of WCC added; "This is the right decision seeing that we already have a robust Local Plan, which has been formally signed off. We should expect a possible Appeal from the developer and will be ready for that if it comes."
Pictured; the original Linden Homes masterplan, Steve Brine talking to BBC South and with Cllr Jan Warwick at the site.
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Linden Homes Pitt Vale site (page no longer live)
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