Council fights large Waltham Chase housing development

Plans for a large new housing development in Waltham Chase are being opposed by a parish council.

Shedfield Parish Council says the plans for Morgan’s Yard in Solomons Lane, which include 80 houses and commercial space, are a risk to children walking to school, lack open spaces and affordable houses.

A planning application for the development was first submitted in 2021 but has been recently altered by the building company.

This plan is due to be heard at Winchester City Council Planning Committee on December 12th and the council says it is believed that the Planning Officer is recommending approval, despite more than 100 objections from local people.

The Parish Council said in a statement that while fully recognises that the area needs development, the plans “are not fit for purpose. Shedfield Parish Council is completely against these plans – as they stand today.

“Many residents, organisations and agencies have highlighted the plans’ deficiencies for several years. The developers have revised the plans many times and there is now confusion of what exactly is proposed.

“For 25 years the community has known that the development is being considered and is included in the Local Plan, which incorporates employment, playing areas and open spaces. The development that will be presented to the Planning Committee is outside the agreed Planning Policy.

“This application has little or no open spaces; play areas; employment; affordable housing; drainage; improved infrastructure and many other issues. It also creates danger to users of the Highway, especially children walking to school.”

The council also said “The application, and the hundreds of accompanying documents, are chaotic, unclear, and mis-managed.

“What can Residents do? Please look at the proposed plans, and if you agree with the comments made by Shedfield Parish Council, consider adding your own via the WCC Planning Portal, reference 21/02439/FUL.”

In its planning application the develop says: “Since the original application, variations required by various consultees have reduced the number of dwellings proposed from 98 to 80.

“Since the costs for remediation remain the same regardless of the number of dwellings this reduction in dwelling numbers has created a proportionally higher constraint on viability. Moreover, significant construction inflation has occurred since the original application and interest rates have recently increased.

“While these increased costs have been partially offset by house price inflation forecast mortgage rate increases may reduce future house prices which will create further viability pressures. We have not allowed for these future fluctuations in this assessment.

“The combined impact of construction inflation and the reduced dwelling numbers across which to spread the abnormal costs has resulted in a further deterioration of the viability of affordable homes on the site.”