We all know that local councils are under pressure in all parts of the UK to build more homes, with government targets set for the amount of new homes that must be built over the coming decades. As our population grows, we live longer and in more single person households, the requirement to make new properties available continues.
Development can of course be a good thing – bringing with it new investment in areas that have lacked it, new schools, sports facilities and green spaces. But development is also often a contentious issue, with many people wishing to protect our countryside and our existing facilities, which can become stretched by over development.
In our local area of Hart, debates over development continue following the Council’s decision at the end of 2014 to test Winchfield as a suitable site for development of over 2,000 new homes. The results from the testing are expected next month and in March the ‘New Settlement’ option will come up for another vote by Councillors. Reports have suggested that the new development will include funding for much needed major infrastructure such as a new secondary school, however there is also concern that funding will not be enough to cover the investment needed in local road and rail services, as well as the impact on local healthcare facilities and the countryside.
If you feel strongly for or against the proposed plans you are encouraged to write to your local councillor, contact your local Parish Council to input into their neighbourhood plan or vote in campaigns such as ‘We Heart Hart’ at http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/we-hart
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