Hampshire authority green lights plan for 1,000 homes on golf course site

A Hampshire council has granted outline permission for a 1,000-home development on the site of an 18-hole golf course.

Basingstoke Golf Club ( © Shazz - geograph.org.uk/p/3930666)
Basingstoke Golf Club ( © Shazz - geograph.org.uk/p/3930666)

Housebuilder Bloor Homes was granted consent for the 48-hectare scheme, which also includes plans for a community facility, nursery, shops, open space, sports provision, a Gypsy and Traveller pitch, pedestrian and cycle links, noise barriers, and access roads.

Basingstoke Golf Course is the second largest allocated site in the Basingstoke Local Plan.

An applicaton for 1,100 homes was initially lodged in May 2019 but the number of homes proposed has since been reduced.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council officers advised councillors that the local authority is currently unable to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.

The plans were described as a “sustainable form of development” that would contribute to housing need in the short to medium term.

The proposed development includes a policy-compliant 40 per cent affordable housing contribution, comprising 70 per cent affordable rent properties and 30 per cent intermediate properties, planners advised.

Officers noted the “significant social benefit” of this housing provision and said the scheme would also deliver “direct economic benefits”.

The proposed development includes one permanent Gypsy and Traveller pitch in line with local plan policy. However, comments submitted by councillors questioned the provision of a Gypsy and Traveller pitch on the site. 

Councillor Dan Putty raised “very strong objections” to the pitch unless a commitment to “permanent policing of such a site” was secured.

However, officers said the proposed pitch was “a social benefit to the scheme” and said the applicant’s rationale for the location was “considered appropriate”.

The plans were approved.

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