Basingstoke and Deane’s draft Local Plan sets out how they want to see development proceed up to 2029. It proposes at least 550 houses in the parish over this period, at Swing Swang Lane and east of Pyotts Hill. All large development comes with challenges, like the desire to maintain the special character of the parish, its landscape, its environment, our close-knit community and rich heritage, while avoiding exacerbating problems of traffic, transport and demands on important local facilities.
Old Basing and Lychpit can make its voice heard in the Local Plan by producing a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish.
The Parish Council has started its Neighbourhood Plan by involving residents, businesses and organisations to establish policies to achieve a vision. We cannot override the Local Plan but we can stipulate policies to see the parish develop so that protects what is best about our parish and moves to solve the problems created by development. The Neighbourhood Plan will have statutory powers alongside the Local Plan, to refine development and its impacts.
How will the Neighbourhood Plan be put together?
Firstly, we will ask the people what they value about the parish and what concerns they have. We are starting with exhibitions to make clear what the Local Plan means for us and to seek residents’ views. This will enable us to create a vision of the parish for 2029 when the Local Plan lapses. The pictures shown here are displays from the exhibitions we are holding. A Neighbourhood Plan gives us all – residents, businesses, clubs and organisations – a voice in the how development happens. It also gives us increased facilities through the Community Investment Levy for infrastructure associated with development, things like play areas, cycleways and footpaths and the like.
After that we can focus on details to develop policies for the Neighbourhood Plan. Finally the draft Neighbourhood Plan will go to Basingstoke and Deane Council. They will examine the Neighbourhood Plan with an independent Examiner before it comes back to the parish in a referendum for adoption.
Further reports will follow as we progress. For more information, contact the parish Office