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'Despair' as plans for 550 more homes go on show

Croudace Strategic and David Wilson Homes (Southern) have submitted an outline application to build the homes north of London Road

550 new homes are planned for Hook

Campaigners are due to view full-size plans for up to 550 homes in Hook.

Croudace Strategic and David Wilson Homes (Southern) have submitted an outline application to build the homes north of London Road and the plans will be on show at Basingstoke Country Hotel on the A30 just outside Hook from 10am-5.30pm on Saturday (April 26).

The scheme proposes demolishing numbers 1 and 2 Titchener Farm Cottages, closing the access from London Road, and creating new access from Reading Road, Griffin Way North and London Road.

Sports pitches have been promised, plus land for a community facility, space for a children’s play area and Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG).

Anne Atkins, clerk to Hook Parish Council, said the public exhibition was aimed at providing an opportunity for people to view the full-sized plans and it was not for members of the council to answer questions or comment on the application.

She said the parish council will formally consider the scheme on Wednesday (May 7). The application has already received 25 online complaints from locals.

Among them is William Hunter, of Newnham Road, Hook, who wrote: “I do despair. What is to become of Hook, where I have lived these past 22 years?

“The growth during this time has been significant, but 550 more houses?

“Has someone lost their mind or do those who propose such overwhelming developments not care?

“Have we lost our right to retain our way of life? Is there to be no end to this? Is the A30 to become the M30?

“Should we plan to knock down the church and plan for a cathedral? Please do not allow this planning application. It will ruin Hook.”

A planning statement in support of the outline application, by agent Barton Willmore, said the principle of allocating the site has been accepted by councillors and officials so it will almost certainly be included as an allocation in the future local plan.

It added the proposed development is the result of extensive pre-application discussions with Hart District Council, Hook Parish Council, Hampshire County Council and local people.

There was also a two-day public exhibition last November.

“The scheme has evolved significantly and has benefited considerably from the respective inputs of all those concerned”, adds the statement.

Comments on the application, reference number 14/00733/MAJOR, should be made to Hart District Council by Wednesday.

Hart is aiming to decide on the application by Monday (June 2).

 
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