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News Bulletin: October 2005

All homes will shortly receive by post a special edition of Hampshire Now which contains three options for the number of houses that might be built in Hart over the next twenty years. Two of the options would build 3,200 houses, representing about the same annual rate that has been built in recent years, on land already earmarked for housing and on previously used (brownfield) land, whilst the third option would build 5,600 houses 2,400 of which would be built on Greenfield sites. Included in the document is a questionnaire which you are strongly requested to return. The Government allows very little discussion on this topic so it is really important to take this opportunity of expressing a view.

We have recently received a Planning Application to build two houses in the garden of The Holt. This site has quite a history as originally application was made for four houses in the garden and seven in the orchard. Eventually permission was granted for five in the orchard. If this application were to be granted, the total number of houses at seven would be a big improvement on the original application for eleven. We do have a concern about the height and mass of these two proposed houses and the impact they would have on one particular neighbour. Whilst the proposed development and the five already granted are unwelcome we have to recognise that the development at Holt Park has moved the boundary of Hook, so it follows that an application of this sort is far more likely to be granted on appeal, if refused by Hart, than would have been the case ten years ago.

As Focus goes to press a revised application has been received for The Bungalow which will have been discussed by the Parish Council on 21st September. We dropped letters to those who objected to the previous plans and arranged for the plans to be on display at the Parish Council Office on Saturday 17th September. Because this is an amended application the time for comment will have expired by the time Focus is published.

An aerial survey of Hook was undertaken in the summer and we have bought a copy. The information will be particularly useful in assessing Planning Applications as it will allow us to assess the impact of a proposal on neighbours much more easily.

The Christmas Cracker could not take place last year but it will return on Friday 2nd December from 5.30pm until 8.30pm. Sue Gibson and her team are well ahead with plans for the event and the Parish Council is providing new Christmas lights above the chemist and Grand Parade including the winning designs from the schools’ competition held in September. Station Road will be legally closed from the A30 to Bell Meadow Road from 4pm until 9pm but passes will be provided to residents on that section of road to allow them to return home at low speed under supervision of Marshals. Volunteer Marshals prepared to help for an hour or more are essential to the smooth running of the event. Please offer to help by contacting Sue on 07962 118994.

The Police have now moved in to the new beat office at Dickson House. Anyone wishing to talk to an officer is welcome to drop in on Wednesdays from 4.30pm until 7pm or on Saturdays from 10am until 2pm. These times may be reviewed after Hart Voluntary Action move into the ground floor and depending on how popular these “surgeries” become.

Antony Hunter – Parish Councillor