Christchurch residents' anger over proposals mapping town's future

Bournemouth Echo: PROTEST: Residents are up in arms about proposals to build on Burton Farm PROTEST: Residents are up in arms about proposals to build on Burton Farm

MAJOR plans mapping out the future of Christchurch are set to be submitted to the Secretary of State.

Councillors will be asked to approve the submission of Christchurch Borough Council’s core strategy to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government following two major consultation events last year.

The document has provoked a number of campaigns from residents, many unhappy with some of the proposals on new housing developments, allotment relocation and community facilities.

The core strategy lays out the council’s planning strategy and policies until 2028.

The full council meeting tonight will be webcast live on the internet for members of the public, as the council is expecting a large number of people at the meeting, which will also set the council tax for the next year.

Proposals in the core strategy include a new housing development with up to 950 homes at Roeshot Hill, the relocation of allotments at Roeshot to an unknown site and 45 new homes on greenbelt land at Burton.

Chairman of Roeshot Allotments, John Campbell wrote to the council in the latest round of consultation blasting them for not identifying a new site.

He said: “These changes bring into focus the council's consistent failure to consult with this association. There appears to be a blind determination to pursue a pre-set policy option and in the process destroy a Green Flag award-winning site, purely to maximise commercial gain.

“As a result we have little confidence in the council being able to produce a sound principled policy.”

Other schemes include transport improvements to Hurn roundabout and the A338 from its junction with the A31 in the short term, as well as in the medium term – up to 2022 – on the A35 Fountain roundabout, Stony Lane roundabout and Staple Cross and potentially Somerford roundabout.

In the latest round of responses, where 500 individual comments were received, people objected to an additional 100 houses on the urban extension at Roeshot as well as the removal of the reference to the relocation site for the allotments.

There were also objections to the removal of text regarding a new community facility in Christchurch town centre.

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2:26pm Tue 26 Feb 13

coster says...

'Blind determination' - 'Little confidence'
Just a clear description of our council officers effect upon the community.
'Blind determination' - 'Little confidence' Just a clear description of our council officers effect upon the community. coster

2:29pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Burtongreenandpleasantland says...

Why should we let on our green and pleasant lands be built on just because people in Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia don't like building houses on their own green fields ? Last census showed 50% of the increase in population due to immigration.

I'm sure our fellow Europeans are lovely people, but if we are to ignore the green field status, no field or open space is safe !

There is a time to say NO, and that time is NOW.
Why should we let on our green and pleasant lands be built on just because people in Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia don't like building houses on their own green fields ? Last census showed 50% of the increase in population due to immigration. I'm sure our fellow Europeans are lovely people, but if we are to ignore the green field status, no field or open space is safe ! There is a time to say NO, and that time is NOW. Burtongreenandpleasantland

2:56pm Tue 26 Feb 13

skydriver says...

It's a forgone conclusion that if the leader of Christchurch council is involved it will get passed.Cllr Nottage has no thought whatsoever on what the local voters want or need.
When are the next elections for Christchurch?What a legacy these councillors have left for the next generation.........I guess there may just be a ...............no silly me.
It's a forgone conclusion that if the leader of Christchurch council is involved it will get passed.Cllr Nottage has no thought whatsoever on what the local voters want or need. When are the next elections for Christchurch?What a legacy these councillors have left for the next generation.........I guess there may just be a ...............no silly me. skydriver

5:45pm Tue 26 Feb 13

allmy life says...

It may be a good idea to have a look who owns all this land and who his friends are.After all farm land is £2 grand an acre,building land £2 million + an acre.
It may be a good idea to have a look who owns all this land and who his friends are.After all farm land is £2 grand an acre,building land £2 million + an acre. allmy life

6:38am Wed 27 Feb 13

Phixer says...

skydriver wrote:
It's a forgone conclusion that if the leader of Christchurch council is involved it will get passed.Cllr Nottage has no thought whatsoever on what the local voters want or need.
When are the next elections for Christchurch?What a legacy these councillors have left for the next generation.........I guess there may just be a ...............no silly me.
So, you will be standing for election next polling day - yes?
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: It's a forgone conclusion that if the leader of Christchurch council is involved it will get passed.Cllr Nottage has no thought whatsoever on what the local voters want or need. When are the next elections for Christchurch?What a legacy these councillors have left for the next generation.........I guess there may just be a ...............no silly me.[/p][/quote]So, you will be standing for election next polling day - yes? Phixer

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