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Summary of the discussion regarding the Bewley Homes Public Exhibition on the proposed development on land at Weybrook Golf Course – Parish Council meeting 24 October 2022.
Parish Council meeting – Item 22/208 Consultations – To discuss the recent public exhibition by Bewley Homes on the proposed development on land at Weybrook Park Golf Course and agree Parish Council response.
Cllrs Knights and How confirmed they had attended the public exhibition by Bewley Homes on the proposed development at Weybrook Park Golf Course.
The consultation team had been welcoming. The detail of the proposal including summaries are contained in the documents in Appendix 3.
Site Access Permanent access would be from a roundabout located on the A340 towards Tadley past Gales Garage. Bewley confirmed they were also investigating with BDBC the possibility of providing a ‘right turn’ lane into Elm Lane at the bottom of the hill. No permanent access was planned through Rooksdown lane. One to watch.
Construction access. Construction access via the permanent access was questionable. The consultation team spoke of early access during construction being via a road in the golf course site towards the old ‘green keeper’s’ hut. This could mean construction traffic entering the site via Rooksdown Lane up to the Golf Course entrance. One to watch.
Cycle Path access via Rooksdown Lane / The Spinney The consultation team discussed the idea of providing walking and cycle path access via Rooksdown Lane/The Spinney. They said that as an offset to this, at a previous site with a similar layout, they provided financial support to ensure that the area had improved biodiversity alongside the walking/cycle access. They mentioned that they were in contact with the maintainer of the Spinney (Lands Trust?) about this issue. Further information required
Traffic surveys The consultation team had ongoing traffic surveys especially on the A340 use. They estimated an average of 20 vehicles an hour entering/leaving the site once complete. Questions were raised around peak periods (7 till 9 & 4 till 6) but no estimates were available. The risk of ‘rat running’ through Rooksdown to access the A339 to Newbury was raised. One to watch.
Environment The construction team set a good impression that they would be sympathetic to the local setting, retaining tree lines where possible and taking an understanding of the biodiversity of the area.
Parking The construction team would meet local and national requirements in relation to parking and where possible raise above.
Amenities The construction team were open to ideas about amenities but had no plans currently to add to this via this development. They seemed interested in gaining an insight in the recent community canvassing undertaken in Rooksdown
Freehold of the Golf Course The construction team explained that the freehold of the golf course would be going to the golf course, with a pot of money to ensure that the golf course remains, rather than to the members individually. The proposed Parish Council consultation response to Bewley Homes is available at Appendix 4.
Action – Clerk to send the consultation response to Bewley Homes (copy below)
Action – Cllr Mahoney also took an action to link in the Chair at Sherborne St John to understand how they were responding to the consultation and to invite members of the Parish Council to attend any future meeting with the developers.
PARISH COUNCIL RESPONSE TO BEWLEY HOMES PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT ON LAND AT WEYBROOK PARK GOLF COURSE
Subject: RE: Weybrook Park – Engagement with Council Officers and Councillor – Rooksdown Parish Council
Thank you for the opportunity to attend your public exhibition on the proposed development at Weybrook Park Golf Course. The Rooksdown Parish Council attendees found the exhibition to be welcoming and informative.
Areas of interest for Rooksdown Parish Council fall into the following categories:
Site access (permanent and during construction)
Any usage of Rooksdown Lane / The Spinney
Local infrastructure and amenities
As most of the items listed above are still at an early stage of consideration in your planning, it is difficult to provide more specific feedback, however, the Parish Council is very keen to have an ‘open’ dialogue with you as the developer in relation to these items so that we can achieve positive outcomes for all the residents near the development.
We are of the understanding that you will further engage with the Parish Council and the residents we represent, and we would welcome you attending a formal Parish Council meeting.
Our next meeting is on Monday 28th November 2022 at 7.30pm at Rooksdown Community Centre, Basingstoke RG24 9XA. Can you please confirm you will be able to attend.
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