Planning application for 2,000 homes at Barton Farm, Winchester

Press Release: 15/03/2004

Cala Homes has submitted an outline planning application to Winchester City Council for 2,000 homes at Barton Farm, Winchester, the area that has been identified as the Winchester City North Major Development Area reserve housing site.

The City Council has said that they must receive comments for or against the proposal before 13 April 2004.

Because of the huge public interest, the Council is holding an exhibition at Henry Beaufort School, East Woodhay Road, Harestock, on Saturday and Sunday 27 and 28 March 2004 between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Council planners will be on hand to explain the plans and answer questions.

"This is a large planning application and it is important that all those with an interest in the site are given every opportunity to study the plans, to ask questions and to let us have their views," said Cllr Simon Cook, Cabinet portfolio holder for environment, economy and development.

"When the Council debated our revised Local Plan recently, we decided to earmark this site for housing development, but only if a need for this level of housing is demonstrated. Now that an application has been made we are obliged to consider it.

"Once we have all the comments, including those from statutory agencies such as the Environment Agency and English Heritage, as well as those from local residents, we will be in a position to formally consider the application. It is possible that the Secretary of State may want to decide the application himself but, if not, we would hope the planning development control committee would be able to consider a decision by 26 May 2004".

The outline application can be viewed on Winchester City Council's website (More) and at Development Services Reception, Avalon House, Chesil Street, Winchester, which is open Monday – Thursday 8.45am – 5.00pm (opens at 9.45am on first and third Wednesday of each month) and Friday 8.45am – 4.30pm. The developers' own website is at www.winchestercitynorth.com.

Any comments for or against the proposal must be in writing and sent to the Director of Development Services, Winchester City Council, Avalon House, Chesil Street, Winchester SO23 OHU or by email to planning@winchester.gov.uk before 13 April 2004