Barton Farm planning application rejected

Press Release: 15/06/2010

Winchester City Council will contest proposals for development on Barton Farm if the developers continue with their appeal.


At a meeting on Monday 14 June, Councillors identified a number of reasons to object to the principle and detail of CALA Homes application for development at Barton Farm. In particular councillors recognised the requirement to reconsider housing need in Winchester now that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has told local planning authorities he will remove regional housing targets.


If the appeal goes ahead in September, a Planning Inspector will consider the case presented by both sides, but Winchester City Council considers its position to be strong in light of the new guidance from central government.


Councillors made clear however, that there is a need for more housing provision in Winchester, in particular for affordable housing. They welcome the opportunity to consider the matter in discussion with local communities.


Cllr Kelsie Learney, Leader of Winchester City Council said, “It would be a huge mistake to permit development on this site at this time, we have an opportunity to look at housing requirements from a local perspective and we have to make the most of this change in Central Government thinking.”