Outline planning application ref: 49776/001.
This site, on a high contour adjacent to the Holybourne Roundabout, is allocated for employment use in the Neighbourhood Plan. The Alton Society has major concerns over the visual impact on Alton’s skyline and the potential issues arising from a proposed access from Montecchio Way, especially given that access from Waterbrook Road had always been the preferred route.
On the 12th February, by the narrowest of majorities, the Planning Committee voted to refuse permission. Councillors expressed alarm at the damage the new junction would cause to this important entrance to the town, the urbanisation, congestion, landscape impact, and road safety issues – all points raised by The Alton Society, Ashdell Residents Association and others, and powerfully argued by local members last night. This despite the lack of support from Highways, who to everyone’s astonishment lodged no objection.
Footnote: The applicants withdrew the application just before the decision notice (to refuse) was issued.