Application for New Houses in Monxton

There has been an application from a developer to build four new houses on the land behind Cambridge Cottage, on Andover Road, Monxton.

The proposed new entrance, opposite Little Thatch, would be just below the pinch point on the Andover Road This entrance has very poor sight lines up towards Andover and could be the cause of traffic incidents. HCC Highways will comment on this point in due course.

The site is also outside the settlement boundary and therefore designated as countryside so TVBC has raised an objection on these grounds (click here).

Monxton Parish Council has objected to this development and a copy of the letter of objection is below, if you would like to use this as a template for your own letter.

If residents are minded to comment on this application, either to object to support, you should either register on the TVBC website or write to the Planning Officer, Emma Jones, at TVBC Planning Department at Beechhurst, with a copy to Monxton Parish Council Chairman, Mike Cleugh at Rectory Cottage, Monxton. Email mikecleugh@hotmail.com

The date to file your comments is before the 23rd November 2018.

Letter of Objection from Monxton Parish Council

Monxton Parish Council objects in the strongest terms to this application, which is totally unwelcome and not in keeping with any aspect of the village design statement in that it completely detracts from the rural nature of the village, which is in a conservation area and which has approximately 50%, grade 2 listed thatched cottages, two of which are adjacent to this executive house suburban development in an ancient village.

 Our objections are based on planning policies and are as follows:  

  1. Contrary to TVBC Local Plan – The development would be situated outside the settlement boundary and as such would be development in the countryside which is outside TVBC planning policy – COM2 (Settlement Hierarchy)
  2. Contrary to Monxton Village Statement –  Unacceptably adverse impact on the character of the surrounding area and on the amenities of the properties adjacent to the site by reason of overlooking, loss of privacy and visually overbearing impact. The houses proposed are typical suburban 4/5 bedroom houses totally out of character with the neighbouring grade 2 Thatched listed properties namely Little Thatch and Little Cottage.
  3. Contrary to Highways policy – totally inadequate sight lines – The site access proposals are not in accordance with acceptable standards and would lead to potential traffic safety problems.  The poor sight lines of less than 10 metres for vehicles coming down from Andover would mean cars leaving the site going to turn right would have no time to avoid accidents as this area is the pinch point on that section of the highway and has created several accidents over the years as two cars can only just pass at that point currently.
  4. Noise and Light pollution – The area is currently an open water meadow and any new buildings would have an adverse impact on surrounding properties caused by increased noise caused by vehicles and light pollution from the new buildings.
  5. Ecology – The new houses would have an adverse impact and harm to the high ecological value of the site as they would take land used by various riverside mammals and birds and create barriers to free access to the river.
  6. The Pillhill Brook – any potential effluent or waste from the properties would risk contamination and harm to the Pillhill Brook, a unique chalk stream, which has a high habitat value and is an important wildlife corridor. The current pumping station at Chalkpit Lane is already at maximum capacity and has had huge problems for the last few years in having huge tankers take the wastewater out of the village in the winter months for many weeks causing disruption and noise to villagers. Southern Water should be contacted for their views on the impact of additional houses as a matter of urgency.  
  7. Flooding risk – currently lower parts of Meadow View, which borders the site, has a pond forming in the winter in the lower southern corner which would mean would mean that plots 3 & 4 may suffer flooding of their gardens at the very least.
  8. Impact to the environment of the piling foundations required: Meadow Lodge which was built in the 1960s is currently built on 30 piles over 11 metres deep. (We note, however, no piling is mentioned for the design of the houses in the application. This could have a major impact on the geology of the meadow and the potential to disrupt underground sub-surface water flows from the higher ground down to the river. In addition, the houses’ foundations could also affect the hydrology of the area causing potential harm to adjacent buildings.)
  9. The current trees lining the edges of the meadow, we believe, would cause severe shading to the houses and would very quickly be felled to improve the light into the gardens. We urge TVBC to put Tree Protection Orders (TPOs) on all trees bordering the property to ensure that they are not cut down in the future.
  10. Site Access: we understand that the owner tried unsuccessfully to obtain access to the field from Andover Road and was refused by TVBC, and also at appeal to the then Department of Environment & Transport by the Inspector in 1987 (copies of these refusals sent to Emma Jones at TVBC on the 8/11/18) and in addition we understand that the land in front of the current entrance is owned by Hampshire Highways, which TVBC will investigate.

Manor Farm, Abbotts Ann Update – 13 September

COME ALONG AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR FINDING A SOLUTION TO STOPPING LORRIES IN OUR VILLAGES

PUBLIC EXHIBITION 13th Sep 2018

7:30pm – 8:30pm

Venue: Abbotts Ann War Memorial Hall

Held by the owners of Manor Farm to give local residents the opportunity to discuss and share views on the potential change of use to residential housing at the Manor Farm site, in view of addressing the transport problems.

Another opportunity to give us feedback following the presentation held in Monxton in April.

We welcome everyone to come along and discuss this with us and give us your feedback and support.

Click here to see the Manor Farm Brochure

We look forward to seeing you!

Community Hub Consultation

The Monxton and Amport Village Hall Committee (MAVH) once again seeks your help to ensure we have the best possible community asset well into the 21st century.  We have been approached by many locals concerned about the lack of an appealing community meeting place now that the Black Swan has been sold to a local property developer.

Three years ago we canvassed villagers as to what you might want from a village hall.   The outcome of this was planning permission to renovate the current hall (16/01869/FULLN).  To finance this, you have supported fundraising events and our project fund stands around £35,000.  Build costs for this renovation are estimated to be in the region of £350,000 with eligible grant funding around £200,000-250,000 and the hall would be closed for 4-6 months during renovations.  Another option might be to build a new, purpose-built hall on the current site.

The sale of the Black Swan pub (which included the car park and village green) has presented us with a unique opportunity.  Following initial discussions with the new owners and TVBC, there exists a potential option to build a purpose-built village hall/community hub at the rear of the existing car park (on the scrub land where the electricity sub-station is currently sited) in conjunction with two small roadside cottages; the initial site suggestion was for a small housing development.  Build costs for a new community hub are estimated to be in the region of £400,000 (including fit-out) with eligible grant funding around £250,000-300,000; new builds such as this attract additional grants as part of TVBC’s drive to create community assets fit for the future. The current hall would remain open until the new build was completed.

Please remember that if we do not take this opportunity the car park will be lost forever as it will become a site for 2-5 houses, according to the current owner. If we do move the building to the new location then the current village hall site will become a small 3-4 bed house of appropriate village design, fitting in with the vernacular.

In order to determine the best course of action, we invite you to have your say by responding to the short survey that was emailed to all residents on 10 July (download a PDF copy here – Survey 2018).   (Survey closes on 16 October 2018)All responses will be treated in confidence and used to inform the decision-making process. Please return hard copies to Penny Kitson at Sherborne Lodge, Furzedown Lane, Amport or email monxtonmatters@gmail.com

Monxton Matters (https://monxton.org.uk/) and The Amport Village and Parish websites (http://amportvillage.co.uk/) will be the primary interfaces to keep you informed of developments and we will be holding open days at the Village Hall:

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/update in order to be compliant with current regulations.
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.

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.