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More housing could be built at Picket Twenty
3:28pm Friday 29th June 2012 in News
PEOPLE will be asked for their views on the possibility of more homes at Andover’s Picket Twenty.
Persimmon Homes will hold the public exhibition to consult residents on proposals for an extra 300 homes at the site.
The exhibition will be held in the Upper Hall, in Andover Guildhall, High Street, on Tuesday, 3 July from 3pm until 7.30pm and will provide the local community with the chance to view and discuss the possible extension with members of the development team.
It is being held by Persimmon Homes to gauge public opinion on the area being included as a preferred housing site within Test Valley Borough Council’s emerging Local Plan.
Paul Bedford, of Persimmon Homes, said: “This is a different situation to which we usually find ourselves as normally we consult on sites prior to submitting an application.
“This time we want the views of the community on a site we believe would be well suited to accommodate future additional homes required in the Andover area.
“Test Valley Borough Council is currently considering several sites in Andover to include in its emerging Local Plan and we feel that our site is very well suited being sustainable and a natural extension to the 1,200 homes currently being built.
“I should stress that the allocation of housing sites by the council affects the whole of Andover and we are keen to hear the views of the whole community on whether they feel that the site is well suited. We will then report our findings to Test Valley Borough Council.”
He added: “It is important to note that our proposals would include approximately 120 much needed affordable homes, benefit from existing facilities within Picket Twenty, provide additional funding to help provide a two form entry school and would be well contained by the existing landscape.
“Indeed the proposals would not break into open countryside, would be no closer to Harewood Forest than the permitted scheme and would include an extension to the Harewood Forest Buffer Open Space to further protect the forest and increase both biodiversity and recreational opportunities.”
The consultation period will run until Tuesday, 17 July and provision has been made for local residents to give their views either at the exhibition, take away a form to complete and return by the freepost service provided or call freephone 0800 112 3540 to leave verbal feedback.