South East Housing ConsultationWinchester City Council has organised a series of five public meetings as part of the consultation on the South-East Plan and housing provision in the Winchester district.
The consultation started this week and runs until 21 October. The District-level housing provision will establish how many dwellings each Hampshire planning authority will have to provide in the period 2006 - 2026.
The meetings are open to everyone interested in this important and controversial issue, including Parish Councils, amenity groups and members of the public. The planned meetings are as follows,
21 September Bishops Waltham, Jubilee Hall (small room)
22 September Winchester, Guildhall (King Alfred Hall)
28 September Whiteley, Meadowside Centre (Room 1)
29 September Denmead, Memorial Hall
4 October Knowle, Knowle Village Hall
All the meetings start at 7.30pm.
Further details of the consultation can be found on Winchester City Council's web site, www.winchester.gov.uk including links to relevant documents produced by Hampshire County Council www.hants.gov.uk/environment/southeastplan/consultation.html
and the South East England Regional assembly (SEERA).
The City Council's Cabinet meeting on 12 October will consider how the City Council should comment on the proposed housing levels and distribution and Members will take account of the views raised at the public meetings.
The consultation exercise is being led by Hampshire County Council and the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH). Because of the limited time available to assess the responses and formulate a submission to the South East England Regional Assembly (SEERA), there will be a strict cut-off for replies of 21 October.
Following the consultation and analysis of the representations, the County Council and PUSH will submit their proposed District-level housing distribution for Hampshire to SEERA. This must be done by 9 December 2005.