Chineham Chat September 2016

Firstly, after considerable lobbying, the road leading into Four Lanes Community School has been repaired.

Secondly, and a major win after a lengthy battle including two days at the Appeal Hearing, the decision to refuse planning for gypsy pitches and utility/day rooms on land off Dixon Road.

Briefly, the history of the site. The site was originally a commercial woodland. The new owners illegally felled most of the trees and were subsequently ordered by the Court to replant trees on the site. Then the owners of the site applied for planning permission which was refused by Basingstoke and Deane Council. The land owners then took the matter to Appeal. The plans involved felling a large number of the remaining trees on the site.

That Appeal has now been dismissed by the Planning Inspector, a great success for myself and local residents who spoke at the Appeal Hearing against the plans.

Subsequent to this news, the owners of the land appeared in court recently and fined approx. £14.5k for felling the trees and not replanting . I understand the Forestry Commission have issued another restock on the site within 12 months, otherwise further enforcement action will be taken.

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