The Old Foundry site on the A30 is zoned for residential use and Barratts have now applied for permission for a mix of apartments and town houses on the site making a total of sixty dwellings. Around a hundred residents came to the Community Hall at short notice to look at the plans which were discussed at the Parish Council meeting the following evening. Although Government guidelines require higher density on this sort of site we agree with villagers that the height of the buildings, number of dwellings and likely number of cars are more than should be allowed and we are requesting Hart refuse the application.
Hampshire Highways have almost completed installing the traffic calming experiment in Old Reading Road. In recent years we have had numerous complaints about both the speed of the traffic and the fact that many of the vehicles should not be using the road at all since it is an access only route. Once the trial has been underway for a few months we will be reviewing the results in discussion with Highways and a joint decision for the future will then be made.
A number of residents seriously considered standing for the vacant Parish Council seat but only one finally decided to stand. Nigel Carpenter was elected unopposed and we are delighted to welcome him to the Parish Council. Nigel has lived in Hook for 16 years and his two married children and two grandchildren also live in Hook. He has been an active member of Hook Action Group.
At their meeting on 16th January Hart District Council Development Control Committee unanimously refused planning permission for the demolition of Pinecroft and Hazelcroft in Station Road and the construction of 12 houses. Strong local public opinion was an important factor in helping councillors to decide that the buildings would be too tall with too many houses for the size of the site.
In July 2001, following 197 letters of objection from residents, Hart refused an application from One2One for a mobile phone mast on the junction of the B3349 and the A30. One2One have reapplied for the same site with minor changes to the details. Operators are required to share masts whenever possible but One2One have produced no evidence of any efforts thay have made to share either the Orange mast in Osborne Way or the Cellnet mast at the Coach House garden centre. Residents are objecting again and the Parish Council is requesting Hart to refuse the application and require One2One to remove the equipment that they have left lying at the Railway Station since last winter.
The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Wednesday 6th February at the Community Hall at 8pm.