Well done everyone, its a great start.
But there is one matter I must address and this relates to the change of use to industrial. Sadly the horse has bolted and it did so 15 years ago.
I was banging on about the ramifications of changing brown sites to housing back then, when in a short time,
in Bishops Waltham at Abbey Mill, the LPH site, and Titheridges Site,
in Swanmore at the Cortusels Site,
and in Durley at The Sawmills,
were all lost to housing. (Abbey Mill may now become a superstore)
With farmers finding it hard, the shift was bound to happen and it is the appeal inspectors and political parties who encouraged the shift who are mostly to blame, but also to some extent the local Parish Councils.
Quite simply over time they tend to be personality led and the wider focus is lost. I was lucky in that in my time on the District Council, Shedfield Parish Council was receptive to what I had to say. Not all the local District Councillors had such joy.
If Parish councils worked more closely together a strategy could be agreed but as things stand too much is piece meal, made worse by the fact two large political groups make up the political map of the District and seek differences rather than commonalities.
The big threat to our way of life now is not the change of use on Farms (that’s done), but the threat 5000 new homes at Knowle are going to bring, and more locally what is going to happen to Morgans’ site in Waltham Chase, and Hampshire Growers in Shedfield.
Andrew Archard, Waltham Chase