Tree Works in the Monxton Conservation Area

Residents are reminded that Test Valley Borough Council must have given their approval, in writing,  before any tree work is carried out within the Monxton Conservation Area.

For more information contact the TVBC Planning Department, at Beech Hurst on 01264-368000 and ask for the Tree Department.  Applications can also be completed and submitted online at planning@testvalley.gov.uk.

Andover Business Park: HCV Cap Removal

Removal of HCV Cap at Andover ‘Business’ Park

APPLICATION NO: 16/01512/OBLN
APPLICANT: Goodman Real Estate (UK) Ltd
PROPOSAL: Modify the planning obligation associated with Planning Permission 09/02392/OUTN by removal of Part II of Schedule 6 regarding HCV Traffic Demand Management systems
SITE: Andover Business Park, Monxton Road, Andover

Pete Parfrey, as a representative of Monxton Parish Council, attended a meeting of the Northern Area Planning Committee at TVBC Beechurst offices on 17th November where the application by Goodmans to remove the limit of 85 HCVs per hour was heard and considered.

It was interesting to hear Goodmans state that the current figure is only 41 HCVs per hour, and that their projections show they will not reach the 85 limit, despite building ever larger distribution, units requiring many heavy vehicle movements, such as the new ‘Angle 340’. The following statement is taken from their website today, “Global integrated property group, Goodman, can confirm work is underway on a state-of- the-art 336,300 sq ft industrial distribution unit at Andover Business Park”

They stated that they needed to remove the cap because of the way they had (over) allocated HCV slots in their leases, for instance, The Chalkhill Blue had been allocated 7 slots when they only needed one.

There were a large number of well-considered written objections from several local Parish Councils, including Monxton, and a representative from Abbots Ann spoke strongly against the motion. Monxton Parish Council also spoke against the motion. However, a representative from Goodmans dismissed the Parish Councils and residents statements as “not understanding” the application.

The objections were well supported by a number of local councillors, and the great majority of those who spoke were strongly against removing the cap. These councillors pointed out that, in order to secure the original planning permission,Goodmans had freely entered into an agreement with TVBC and thus agreed to the original restrictions.

It is worth noting that Highways England and HCC based their lack of objection solely on figures relating to the strategic highways network, and the only reference to local impact was to say that local villages are protected by the ANPR system. Pete Parfrey was one of a number of those present who pointed out that any system which is out of operation for over a year and a half in order to carry out repairs, cannot be regarded as a reliable or effective safeguard. There is also a lack of transparency, in that the system appears to rely on those who stand to be penalised to implement it.

The application was duly defeated, at which point the planning officer stated that this was both a technical and legal issue, and that councillors had to provide robust evidence that the cap was “serving a useful purpose”. She also, rather worryingly, stated that Goodmans had received planning permission for a “warehouse development”.

This is very different to the original application, which was for for a “Mixed Business Park”, with some warehousing, as illustrated in the Goodmans promotional video shown to councillors by planning officers at that original hearing.

Understandably, the councillors pointed out that they were not legal experts, giving TVBC the opportunity, once more, to refer the matter to TVBC’s Planning Control committee.

This is a re-run of the process which allowed the original application, which was also rejected locally , to be passed at a later date by Planning Control.

There is a very strong feeling locally that relaxing this condition would mark the beginning of a ‘slippery slope’, and seriously undermine trust and confidence in the planning system. What is the point of fighting for and agreeing restrictions, only to see them subsequently removed? If we are to have any influence on the outcome of this, and further applications, (which may well already be in the pipeline), we will need a co-ordinated show of force and support from affected local villages.

The next meeting is at 5.30pm on 20 December in Conference Room 1, Council Offices, Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road, Andover. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda for the meeting, which includes the officers’ report for this application, will be available from 1.00pm at Customer Services, Romsey 5 clear working days before the meeting, or Customer Services at the Beech Hurst offices in Andover.  Additionally a copy of the agenda is available for viewing on the Council’s website (www.testvalley.gov.uk/view-applications).  Any update report will be available from 5.00pm on the day of the meeting at the committee.

Please speak up and make your voice heard. Get in touch with Pete Parfrey to do so by email (prparfrey@gmail.comor phone 01264 710516.

 

 

Village Hall – a proposed new era?

village hallMonxton & Amport Village Hall has served Monxton well over the past half century, and Amport since it joined in 1998, but the Hall is now in much need of an urgent makeover in order to be compliant with current regulations. So far the Hall Management Committee have managed to set aside £10,000 as a contingency for repairs to the main hall roof and a replacement boiler, as both of these are well over their life span, but further funds will be required in the very near future to keep abreast with changing times.
MAVH is also now up against serious competition, as over the past few years other Community Halls in the area have been built and refurbished and this has resulted in a number of our regular hall users moving to newer and better-equipped halls. Those groups that have recently left MAVH include baby sensory classes, yoga and band practice. Unfortunately this means that the Hall is not earning sufficient income to maintain overall operating costs. So consequently any future improvements to the Hall will not only have to reduce such costs but must also comply with the Village Design Statement as the Hall footprint is within the conservation area.

Over the last few months the Committee has been working very hard to identify funding sources and, with the help of Community Action Hampshire and Test Valley Borough Council, will be applying for suitable grants, as well as carrying out local fundraising. The work (dependent on the option chosen) could be considerable; somewhere in the region of £120,000 – £150,000! (To demolish the current hall and build a new hall will require around £250,000 – and is an option if we are able to raise the funds.) However, the grant-funding bodies need to be certain their money is well spent, not only for the benefit of the local community but also the wider area, and therefore want to know that our community actively supports and endorses this work.

Parking: Whilst everyone would love to have more parking at the Village Hall, we are unable to provide it, which is why we’re trying to focus more on the hall being used by local residents. We have improved the verge outside Monxton Manor considerably and there is now parking for 6 cars there, along with the 4 spaces immediately outside the hall. There is room for cars to park alongside the fence of the field adjacent to the hall, and there is always parking in the Black Swan car park (for which they have given permission). If you have any feasible solutions for this eternal sticking point then we’d be delighted to hear it.

Click here to see the full design suggestions

If you would like to discuss anything to do with this project please contact:
Penny Kitson (Chair) – 771227, Mel Bacon – 710300, Sarah Dowding – 710375 (click names to email)

 

 

Planning Application for Abbotts Mead, Chalkpit Lane

15/00180/FULLN |Abbotts Mead, Chalkpit Lane, Monxton, Hampshire, SP11 8AS

Removal of existing boot room and erection of ground and first floor extensions and porch to existing dwelling; internal and external alterations; replacement 3 bay cartshed with external stairs; new access and parking area.

Click here for the full application and type in the reference number above.

The proposal includes a new access onto Abbotts Ann Road. The final date for Neighbour Consultation is Friday 20 February 2015. If you wish to make comment, please do so on the Test Valley website link above.

Langley Appeal – dimissed

The Planning Inspector came to visit Langley, Green Lane, Monxton on 3 February 2015 in response to the appeal for a new dwelling on the site.  The TVBC Planning Portal now shows that the appeal was dismissed. There have been five planning applications and the appeal over nearly four years.

See the Langley Decision Letter from The Planning Inspectorate.

 

 

Monxton Planning Applications

There are four new applications for Monxton. To see each in more detail please click here and type in the reference number below. You can also comment online should you wish.

  • 14/02180/TREEN: Barn Cottage, High Street, Monxton – Cut down 2 willows and 4 beech trees
  • 14/02234/LBWN: Monxton Manor – Application to regularise alterations and refurbishment to stable building, including installing door and window, re-instate chimney, internal alterations and construct sunken patio with retaining walls to the north to provide workshop and storage.
  • 14/02300/FULLN: Monxton Manor – Retention of alterations and refurbishment to stable building including installing door and window, re-instate chimney, internal alterations and construct sunken patio with retaining walls to the north to provide workshop and storage.
  • 14/02358/FULLN: Willow Glen, Monxton – First floor extension at ground floor level; new single car garage with storage area and alterations to fenestration and timber cladding

Alpine & Manor Farm Update

An update on the progress to secure sites for the relocation of Alpine and Penchard from their agent:

Despite a very thorough search, it was not possible to find existing buildings suitable for Alpine’s and Penchard’s businesses and it took an appreciable amount of time to find sites in an acceptable location which could be developed to provide the accommodation needed by both companies, particularly as the provider of those sites also has to be the purchaser of the Manor Farm site, once the companies have been relocated.

The companies are in the final stages of agreeing designs and specifications for the new buildings for Alpine and Penchard and they will then enter into negotiations to agree terms for the acquisition of the buildings and the sale of Manor Farm. Those negotiations should be concluded before Christmas and then the purchaser of Manor Farm will submit a planning application for the redevelopment of Manor Farm. That application should be determined by the middle of 2015 and, providing it is approved, the construction of the buildings for Alpine and Penchard should commence late summer and be completed by May/June 2016.