Welcome To Our Online Consultation
Thank you for visiting our consultation website to find out more about our proposals for land at College Copse Fields, Off Ecchinswell Road, Bishops Green. The website contains a range of information including plans and links to useful external websites that we hope you will find informative. The website will be updated on a regular basis as our proposals progress.
Following feedback from the Parish Council and their survey carried out in December 2020 regarding our proposals. We have put together a survey which aims to find out more about residents aspirations and concerns for the local area, alongside what new community benefits residents would like to see provided in Bishops Green.
More details about possible community benefits which can be delivered as part of our proposals can be found within this website.
Please let us have your feedback by no later than Sunday 19th September 2021. Following the closure of the public consultation period, we will analyse feedback received and update our proposals where appropriate. Further updates will posted on this website.
About This Consultation
Catesby Estates is preparing proposals for new homes and public open space at College Copse Fields, East of Ecchinswell Road, Bishops Green.
We need your help to ensure we deliver a sensitively designed scheme that is tailored to fit the character of Bishops Green and the surrounding landscape. We have prepared initial proposals indicatively showing potential layout including vehicle/pedestrian access points and public open space.
Currently, we are preparing an outline planning application, and this public consultation is an important part of developing our proposals and to get your feedback to shape the design and what community facilities this proposal could bring to the community of Bishops Green.
An outline planning application seeks to establish whether the scale and nature of a proposed development would be acceptable to the local planning authority, before a second fully detailed planning application is put forward, which is called a Reserved Matters.
Where outline permission has been granted, and within three years of the outline approval, an application for the outstanding reserved matters can be submitted, i.e., the information excluded from the initial outline planning application. This will typically include information about the layout, scale and appearance of the development. No development can take place on site until the Reserved Matters application has been consented.
Both types of applications are required to undergo public consultation before submission. Statutory consultees for example the Environment Agency and the Highways Authority, and local residents will also have the opportunity to formally comment on the applications once they are submitted and registered with Basingstoke & Dean Borough Council (BDBC).
An outline application is a standard way of dealing with planning, and the granting of an outline planning permission does not preclude local stakeholders from commenting on a Reserved Matters application at a later stage in the planning process.
The Government has placed great importance on boosting the supply of housing nationally and have set out the ambition to deliver 300,000 new homes per annum across England.
Land at Ecchinswell Road, Bishops Green is located within the administrative boundary of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) where the Development Plan comprises the Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan (‘the Local Plan’) adopted in May 2016; the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan adopted in October 2013; and the ‘made’ Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs).
The site is also located within the Parish of Ecchinswell, Sydmonton and Bishops Green. The Parish Council has recently commenced work on preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the area.
The Local Plan is now five years old and the Council has acknowledged that the housing target is out of date. The Government has set the minimum housing target for each Local Authority based on its housing need and affordability. The housing requirement for BDBC is greater than set out in the adopted Local Plan and due to the fact that it is now over 5 years old the Council is required to use this figure when assessing its housing land supply. The Government requires all Local Planning Authorities to demonstrate that they can identify enough land to provide a minimum of 5 years of housing. BDBC acknowledge that they cannot demonstrate a sufficient supply and therefore they are required to consent developments now to which can deliver sustainable housing.
It is for this reason that we are bringing this site forward now. We wish to work with the local community and the Council to deliver a high quality and sustainable housing scheme which can meet the housing shortfall and provide these much needed homes.
Are You A Local Community Group Or Organisation?
We would love to hear from you and how we can work together.
We are always pleased to hear from local nature groups, conservation groups, family support groups or sports clubs as you are a key part of the community, and we want to work with you to help ensure we deliver a well designed development, that provides real community benefits. Contact us using the form above, or via email at email@example.com.