Vision for M3 junction 7 land approved
Oakley Community Association
A vision that aims to set out a joined-up approach for land north of the M3 at junction 7, to give some certainty about this area for partners, residents and infrastructure providers, has been adopted by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
The council’s decision-making Cabinet approved the final version of the vision at a meeting last night (Tuesday 9 March). This follows consultation on the vision from November 2020 to January 2021, which attracted 285 responses from residents, parish councils, other groups and organisations, developers and landowners.
Starting early on holistic planning for infrastructure and services in the area, the vision provides some direction on how this area could be developed in the future and will be used in discussions around investment. It covers issues associated with the types of services and facilities that are important to residents, alongside job creation, climate change and preserving and enhancing the setting of rural villages.
Work on the vision was prompted by growing development pressures in the area, including housing sites put forward for development in the future and current planning proposals such as a distribution and logistics centre and the work underway by the Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust considering future hospital facilities.
Cabinet Member for Planning, Infrastructure and the Natural Environment Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “Planning well ahead for successful places, served by high quality infrastructure and protecting the natural environment, is of key importance to the borough council, recognising that services, investment and job creation needs to be provided in a co-ordinated manner with our partners.
“Consideration has been given to all of the comments that have been made and I am grateful to all those who have taken the time to read and comment on the document and feel that this has helped to strengthen and improve it. This will stand us in good stead as we start work on the Local Plan Update and will provide clarity to residents, service providers and landowners on our ambitions for this part of the borough, setting the scene for responding to our climate emergency declaration, to ensure that our partners and landowners are clear on our stance.”
For more information on the Vision for Land North of the M3 at Junction 7 see www.basingstoke.gov.uk/visionM3-j7-land
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