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LMTH Reserved Matters application – Ref 30021/066
We were disappointed, though not surprised, that permission was granted for this huge development (280 houses) at the EHDC Planning Committee on 26th June, with no changes of any significance to the developer’s plans. Alton’s two committee members were the only councillors to oppose the plans, with the remaining twelve voting in favour. Ginny Boxall represented her concerns as local member (though not on the committee), and huge thanks to our secretary David Simpkins for representing the Society, as ‘objectors’.
Treloars Planning Application number 22387/067
We are objecting to this application and our reasons are set out below. If you wish to object as well we are happy for you to use our reasons as a template.
Objection: The Alton Society strongly objects to this application for the following main reasons. The Visual Impact Assessment ( Appendix 4 ) clearly shows that Phase 1 will not comply with Alton Neighbourhood Development Plan(NDP) Policy DE1 (Town Setting and Natural Assets )nor with Policy CP19. The photos of the existing car park, repeatedly emphasised as being outside the Settlement Policy Boundary (SPB), give a good indication of the harm that would be done to the landscape. It is extraordinary that there is no adequate screening for Phase 1 or the car park. The proposed Phase 1 is outside the SPB.
The staff accommodation could easily be provided, mainly by two-storey units , within the existing site ( see spaces in the Site Plan ). So there is no need to breach the SPB at this time and thus pre-empt an as yet un-approved proposal in the draft Local Plan to move it.
There is also no need to meet the accommodation needs with such ugly buildings, which surely do not comply with Alton NDP Policy DE2 ( Building Design and Town Character ). Re-directing the route of St Swithun’s Way footpath ( No 29b) to give a lengthy detour around the perimeter of the car park and Phase 1 is unlikely to be acceptable to residents and visitors of Alton, and if progressed would surely further undermine trust in Treloar’s intentions.
If Phase 1 is approved in its present form, it will be difficult for EHDC to constrain following phases in the Aspiration Masterplan, which would produce a very large, high density development with serious implications for:- water-run-off and flooding; access safety; traffic and pollution; and parking capacity and discipline. We believe that a scheme of this magnitude should be subject to a formal Design Review before EHDC gives any approval to Phase 1.
Our Grant to Walk Alton
We were delighted to announce that the Society presented a cheque to the Walk Alton group who were involved in promoting Alton’s Walking Festival as well as other walking activities. The Festival was in May and was as popular as ever. They have been successful in getting Alton listed again as a Town that Welcomes Walkers. Well done! Bob Booker is handing the cheque over to the Chairman of Walk Alton Ms Fiona Lapraik.
Our Grant to Alton Eastbrooke and Wooteys Residents Association (AEWRA) to help fund the Community Bus Project.
The grant goes towards funding the new Community Bus Project serving Manor Estate and other outlying areas.
Annual Victorian Cricket Match at the Butts held on the 23rd June 2019 & Development of Coors Brewery site
The Society stall was very popular and our ideas on the proposed development of the Coors Brewery site again generated a lot of interest. Cala who are the developers are holding a public exhibition on the 3rd and 4th July at the Alton Community Centre between 3pm and 8pm. Please ensure you go along and express your views. A number of new members were signed up on the day helping to grow our membership. Oh and the cricket was fun as well and we had good weather. Thanks to all of you who helped on the day. Alton College won the competition with Bushey Leaze coming second.
Friends of Alton Station
Friends of Alton Station are working hard to raise funds to save our Heritage Footbridge. The interim target is £20,000.00. The plan is to rescue the bridge, refurbish it and restore it to its former glory. The group are have had a meeting with Network Rail to discuss their proposals to save the footbridge. We shall keep you informed. If you want to help then visit their website and make a donation, or visit their Facebook Page.
Wey Valley Radio 101.1FM and online
We have a regular slot on Tuesday morning at 10a.m. Tune in and have a listen! We give an update on local issues and often have a “favourite building” slot with a little local history.
Friends of Flood Meadows – Community Action
Come and join the Friends of Flood Meadows to help with tidying, clearing litter and maintenance. We meet at the Tanhouse Lane end of the meadows at 10am on the third (3rd) Sunday of the month (next date is 21st July). It is a family friendly group. Children are welcome and it helps them to learn about our local environment. Bring gardening gloves and wellingtons (though we do have some spares)! We always finish with a coffee or tea and if you are lucky a chocolate biscuit. Yummy chocolate Tunnocks have returned!!
We are intending to do some work over the summer on weekdays. If you can help then please get in touch. This is to enhance the river banks in conjunction with the plans for the Wey River Walk project. Do go and have a look at the new signs for the Walk.
Did you know that we have a member who is an expert on Trees? If you join the Society then he will be happy to give you advice free – your £12.50 subscription is worth it just for that! Send us an email at email@example.com if you are interested.
Check our Sustainability Group report with essential advice on Water Use under the Sustainability page.
EHDC Local Plan Consultation
We have submitted our response to the EHDC. Clear here for the full text. To go to a particular section go to page 1 (Contents) and click on the relevant chapter. For example, PLANNING FOR PLACES contains our appraisals of the proposed allocations for Alton, eg land west of Brick Kiln Lane (housing), and Molson Coors Brewery (mixed use).