Steve Brine

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

04 MAR 2017

Save Otterbourne protest against developers

The Otterbourne community has come together to protest Gladman Developments decision to appeal the council's decision to refuse permission for nearly 100 new houses in the village.

Local MP Steve Brine, Cllr Jan Warwick and Otterbourne Parish Council have led residents in saying 'enough is enough' with the message being that Winchester has done its fair share in providing new housing.

Steve Brine MP said; "This is no different to the Pitt Vale debacle where a developer seemingly thinks you keep on keeping on until you get your way.  Winchester has an agreed Local Plan and Gladman, like Linden, need to respect that and the wishes of their locally elected representatives.  This development is not wanted in Otterbourne and, above everything else, it's our decision to say no thanks. The sooner that message is understood the better."

Cllr Jan Warwick said: "This proposal does not have the support of local people and is vigorously opposed by Steve Brine MP and the local Conservative team.

"Winchester's Conservative administration has already signed off the Local Plan for housing in Winchester. This allows for the development of new homes but not in areas that are inappropriate, such as Otterbourne and I would like to thank Carol Hawkins and the Save Otterbourne Team for gathering the community voice together to oppose this speculative development."

The appeal will be determined by enquiry and all the original representations made to Winchester City Council by residents will be sent on to the Planning Inspectorate.

Pictured; the large group demonstrate on Saturday 4th March (photo courtesy of Southern Daily Echo)

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