A few days ago protesters lost their fight to prevent the building of new homes on a site just outside of Winchester. The Government has approved the building of over 2,000 homes at Barton Farm on the edge of the city. Campaigners have been fighting for over 15 years to prevent this decision.
This decision echoes that which has allowed the West of Waterlooville development to go ahead despite local opposition.
I note that the Winchester protesters concerns very much mirror mirror my own with regard to the loss of countryside, lack of infrastructure to support the additional housing, traffic and load on utilities. Once again the developers and planners are citing the additional jobs that the development will generate.
For Bartons Farm the developers are claiming generation of 8000 jobs ???
One can only assume that they are talking about temporary jobs for the construction workers. Once the development is completed will these jobs still be available. I don’t think so.
Strangest comment comes from Mike Emett, director of Cala Homes.
On traffic Mr Emett said the 2,000 homes would reduce the congestion because fewer people would need to drive into Winchester from Eastleigh and Southampton.
Does he assume that existing Eastleigh and Southampton based work force will all up sticks and move to Bartons Farm or perhaps that they will give up their jobs, hand them over to local workers who are the new residents of this development.
It really is bizarre to suggest that an additional 2000 houses will reduce traffic congestion. Time will tell.
My condolences to the residents of Winchester and to the protesters.