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DRAFT FRAMEWORK MASTERPLAN (JUNE 2010) CONSULTATION COMMENTS AND RESPONSES PUBLISHED ON 21 JANUARY 2011

Whitehill Bordon Team East Hampshire District Council Penns Place Petersfield GU31 4EX T. 01730 266551 www.whitehillbordon.com


CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION GENERAL COMMENTS PART 1 CHAPTER 1- 4: BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT & PART 2 CHAPTER 5 CHAPTER 6 GREAT PLACES TO LIVE CHAPTER 7 SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY CHAPTER 8 GREEN SPACES CHAPTER 9 A NEW ECONOMIC ROLE CHAPTER 10 TRANSPORT AND MOVEMENT CHAPTER 11 MAKING IT EASY TO GO GREEN CHAPTER 12 IMPLEMENTATION AND DELIVERY

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INTRODUCTION We would like to thank organisations and individuals for taking time to give us detailed comments on the Draft Framework Masterplan (known as the masterplan for this document). We have taken care to ensure that every comment has been considered and has received a response, both publicly (in the enclosed documents) and by individual letter. Individual letters are still being sent out, and this work will continue in February 2011. There were 140 respondents to the consultation. This included 100 residents. Consultation responses were sought without any structured form or questionnaire. We collected qualitative data. All of the individual comments received have been summarised. It was not possible to include the whole text received due to the volume of responses, but all comments based on the consultation documents are included. Comments have been grouped together where similar points have been made and a response provided. Every single comment is not included when a similar point has been noted and responded to. Comments are set out in the same order as the chapters of the Draft Framework Masterplan document. The identity of the individuals who have responded has been kept anonymous. Most of the statutory consultees have raised a number of specific technical queries and provided useful feedback. These include the South Downs National Park, Highways Agency, Natural England, Sports England, SEEDA, Forestry Commission, English Heritage, Thames Water and Royal Mail amongst others. All the consultation comments have been extremely useful. They will assist us in refining the masterplan. We have also received comments on typographical and minor factual errors. These will be rectified with a corrigendum published on the website as an interim measure until a revised Masterplan is published. Some recurring issues include queries and concerns regarding housing numbers, transport impact and the Habitats Regulations. These comments align very closely with the further study work that we are already commissioning. The status of the masterplan and the importance of further study work have to be easy to understand. Future consultation will focus on making these matters easier to understand. In addition, we propose to undertake community engagement about specific areas where respondents wish to see more detail. Future consultation with the community will also focus on those areas. (e.g. Viking Park, Hogmoor Inclosure, the Bordon and Oakhanger Sports Club area. (BOSC) and Standford Grange Farm).

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INTRODUCTION Our initial analysis of overall comments indicates that the key concerns relate to • the impact of proposed housing on the local road network • feasibility of public transport • employment provision • the impact of biodiversity and green infrastructure • number of housing units proposed • deliverability of the new town centre • supporting community facilities It is important to reiterate that the masterplan is a draft version of an overall framework that will develop and change over time. It is impossible for one document to cover every issue in detail. The AECOM masterplan is a high level strategic framework document that must be supported by further masterplanning work and further studies. As the process continues more flesh will be provided to the bones of this strategy. The Council on 7th December 2010 accepted the evolving Whitehill Bordon Draft Framework Masterplan as a high level strategic framework for development within the town. From now on this means that it is a material consideration when planning applications are considered, but the East Hampshire District Local Plan: Second Review will remain the primary policy consideration for land use proposals. This masterplan represents a direction of travel and will not prevent the Council from modifying housing numbers, density or uses in the next update of the masterplan as further evidence comes forward.

In addition planning policies will develop and government requirements will change. We also recognise that such an endeavour will require continued monitoring and periodic re-evaluation. The comments, suggestions and ideas received through the consultation process have informed the scope of the further evidence base studies and will help us to revise the masterplan accordingly. These will be taken into consideration and influence the studies and strategies. Published on : 21 January 2011 For further information, please contact :

Whitehill Bordon Team East Hampshire District Council Penns Place Petersfield GU31 4EX T. 01730 266551 www.whitehillbordon.com

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INTRODUCTION Acronyms used in the report. AAP CABE CLG

Area Action Plan Commission for Architecture and Built Environment Department of Communities and Local Government

EHDC

East Hampshire District Council

GOSE

Government Office for the South East

HCA

Homes and Communities Agency.

HCC

Hampshire County Council

HRA

Habitat Regulations Assessment

LDF

Local Development Framework

MoD

Ministry of Defence

PPG

Planning Policy Guidance

REME RSI

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Road Side Interview (transport survey method)

RSS

Regional Spatial Strategy

SANGS SCC SEEDA

Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space Surrey County Council South East of England Development Agency

SEME

School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

SINC

Sites of Importance to Nature Conservation

SPD

Supplementary Planning Document

TA

Transport Assessment

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GENERAL COMMENTS. ID No Name

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1.0 Radian Housing Association

It is important that “our” Eco-Town has a clear USP (unique selling point) that Agreed. This USP has developed out of public RECOMMENDATION That the differentiates it from others and that can help to support future branding and consultation. The Green Town Vision is still USP of the town be defined by marketing. the site’s former military heritage considered important to the project, as is the notion of the Green Town Vision. The a One Town approach. We hope that in further Delivery Board be requested to neighbourhood level consultation a more detailed recommend a series of targets sustainability and sense of place can be developed for each for community against which future neighbourhood. iterations of the masterplan can be tested.

2.0 Lindford Parish Council

Welcomes the schemes suggested in the plan for improving the infrastructure Agreed. in the area, for example a railway would be of great benefit to the wider community.

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RECOMMENDATION: That EHDC supports the railway feasibility work and confirms its intention of pressing for the highest quality of public transport to serve the town and its surroundings. That the impact of different public transport solutions be outlined as a result of the transport studies being undertaken by Hampshire County Council (HCC) at the moment.


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2.6 Lindford Parish Council

Provide a full response to If Lindford is included in all policy decisions for the Whitehill/Bordon Eco-town 1. Yes Lindford is included in the grant policy area. Parish Council's then the Council has the following questions and comments. 2. We will be able to answer this question more fully Lindford comments and continue to 1. Is Lindford included in the grant policy for retro fitting of insulation and other once the results of the transport study are available. 3. Yes all homes should be well served by public involve the Parish in future methods of energy conservation such as solar panels? consultations. 2. Would the revised policy of parking space provision as detailed on page 173 transport. be applicable to new development in Lindford? We think this is unrealistic. It is 4. Yes all strategies for the Eco-town would include noted that the aspiration of one parking space per new dwelling would only be Lindford. The Wi-Fi work would be phased. 5. The new allotments which are funded by Eco-town implemented once the public transport infrastructure is in place. 3. One of the proposals is for all homes to be within 5 minutes walk of a grants are for everyone who lives within the Eco-town Policy Zone and Lindford is currently included. frequent bus service – will this also apply to Lindford? 4. Is the implementation of a high speed broadband system to include Lindford? 5. It is noted there is to be provision of land for allotments – will residents of Lindford be eligible to apply for these?

3.0 Royal Mail

Royal Mail lease with the Council on the premises expires in March 2011. The The lease on the current premises is likely to be premises play an important role in local area. No objection to the masterplan renewed and is a subject of separate discussion proposal 'in principle'. outside the masterplan.

5.0 South Downs The National Park Authority welcomes and supports both the principle of an Noted. National Park eco-town as providing the best way of achieving sustainable development, Authority delivering affordable housing for the area, and taking development pressure away from the National Park, and the production of a masterplan as a comprehensive approach to the development of Whitehill Bordon.

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7.0 Thames We have severe concerns regarding the network and sewage treatment Noted. Water Utilities capacity required to serve the proposed Eco town. We would welcome the Ltd opportunity to work closer with the Local Authority, the Environment Agency and the developer to understand the needs of the development with a view to drawing up a detailed phasing programme to allow for the timely delivery of the infrastructure required to serve the development.

9.7 Headley Parish Council

Action Liaise with Thames Water to inform future technical studies and include them in the task group for the relevant studies.

As per our December 2009 objection, we are concerned about, and object to, There seems to have been some misunderstandings Make Eco-town boundary and the “Yellow Circle” on the Planning Policy sections of the Masterplan. This regarding the status of the Eco-town policy zone. This settlement boundary and their clearer in future vague and totally unscientific zoning should be replaced by an accurate map is proposed to be quite separate and distinct from the status defining the settlement policy boundary of Whitehill Bordon – both the existing settlement boundary, which is the one that defines iterations of the masterplan and Make the settlement AND the proposed Eco-Town.We are surprised that there is hardly development potential. The Eco-town boundary is a Core Strategy. any mention of the effect on the villages and settlements of Headley, Lindford, notional zone of influence and is primarily the zone rational for these boundaries Standford, Hollywater and Kingsley in the 229 page Masterplan – even though within which Eco-town policies would apply as well as clearer. varying percentages of these settlements are enclosed in the Eco-Town Yellow the zone within which funding and grants can be Circle. This should be addressed in the next edition of the Masterplan.Concern offered. There are currently no plans or proposals to remains within Headley Parish, and particularly amongst residents of Standford change ward boundaries, which would be outside the and Hollywater within the Yellow Circle, that this area of Headley Parish is scope of the masterplan. likely to be transferred to Whitehill Parish as part of the Eco-Town proposals. We would seek your assurances that this transfer is not proposed or envisaged.

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11.1 The Hollywater Society

We think that formal acceptance of the draft Masterplan as a Planning We do not propose the adoption of the masterplan as a It will be an option for the Document is extremely premature at this stage. We would suggest it is time planning document fixed in stone. We accept that the Council to adopt the revised EHDC stopped and took stock of their ideas. None of this document is results of further studies need to be received and that masterplan as a Supplementary Document, once evidence based. The whole scheme could only damage the sensitive the masterplan should be reviewed once these studies Planning biodiversity of the area, increase the traffic and pollution problems, all in an are complete. However we reject the view that the studies are complete, key area which complies with none of the Government's statement that new very detailed work that has been done which includes evidence is available and the developments must be in sustainable areas. the masterplan itself and a raft of subsidiary documents Core Strategy has been does not constitute an important part of a very detailed adopted. evidence base, which has been built up over the past five years and which will continue to be added to. We accept that more work will continue to be required up to and including the submission of further evidence in association with specific planning applications. In particular please refer to more detailed answers regarding transport, biodiversity and habitats regulations work.

13.0 Sports England

Sport England would be pleased to work with your authority and its partners to Agreed. • A community sports facility needs study for help overcome these concerns. We would suggest that the masterplan is Whitehill Bordon is currently being prepared. It will amended to indicate that all existing sporting provision will be protected or update the Built Facilities Study (2008), the PPG17 where any loss is proposed that this will be fully justified in line with the Playing Pitch Strategy (2008) and set out a vision for requirements of PPG17 and based on a robust and up to date sport strategy the development of Community Facilities, with for Whitehill Bordon. Sport England welcomes many elements of the identified priorities. It will produce a strategy drawn masterplan including: The recognition and highlighting of the current from those sources of information that details the The commitment to seek to address the existing identified current sports facility provision, in terms of quantity, deficiency deficiencies alongside meeting the demand for sporting provision from the new quality and accessibility, within the town and area of development; The commitment to the development of sporting provision Whitehill Bordon and the North East Area. primarily focused on a new sports hub and new secondary school; The commitment to the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles

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13.0 Sports England

Objects to : Development of existing playing fields and concerned that the A community sports facility needs study for Whitehill masterplan is potentially proposing the loss of existing sports facilities without Bordon is currently being prepared. Its findings will providing clear reference to the requirements of PPG17 and details on the inform the next revision of the masterplan. extent, nature and timing of any replacement provision. Sport England would like to register its objection to the masterplan.

15.0 Worldham Parish Council

As a general comment Worldham Parish Council support the view that improvements in the layout, infrastructure and facilities of Whitehill/Bordon are highly desirable. Recognising that if/when the MOD land in Whitehill/Bordon becomes vacant significant development is inevitable, it is appropriate that this should be done in a co-ordinated and holistic way within an overall vision and plan. The Draft Masterplan undoubtedly represents a desirable vision for the town but raises some serious concerns over the scale of development (4000 – 5500 new homes) and the impact this will have on the surrounding areas. The Parish Council believes that the scale of development needs to be reduced to a level which minimises these impacts. The key to the success of the Masterplan is the construction of the rail link from Bordon to Bentley. Without this the “Eco vision” of the plan is unsustainable and will inevitably lead to a significant increase in traffic to the detriment of the neighbouring rural communities.

19.0 Kingsley Parish Council

The focus on ‘ECO-Town’ as a way of promoting early discussion and Agreed consultation on the future of the Bordon and Whitehill area is very welcome. We should all support these efforts to develop a coherent strategy for development once the Army has left. With sensitive implementation the ECOTown could prove to be a positive benefit for Kingsley by providing close-by extra leisure, entertainment and shopping facilities. Kingsley Parish Council feel, however, that the masterplan should not be adopted until the Transport Study, the Water Study, the Habitat Regulation Assessment and the Green Infrastructure Strategy are completed

Action

Agreed. Concerns over the quantity of housing will be Worldham Parish Council to fully investigated via further work on the Habitats continue to be included in all Regulations Assessment, the Green Infrastructure the future consultations. There Strategy, the Water Strategy and transport and should be continued community engagement to ensure the infrastructure studies. project continues to be locally led and consultation with partners and stakeholders to resolve issues of detail such as the level of traffic impact and further work on the green infrastructure and energy strategies;

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The masterplan will not be modified until the Evidence Base studies are completed and necessary amendments incorporated in the masterplan to reflect their findings.


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GENERAL COMMENTS. ID No Name 22.0 Selborne Parish Council

Summary Comments

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studies on the a) The Economic Development & Employment Strategy Further The Parish Council has three main areas of doubt, namely: a. Employment. Unless jobs can be generated in sufficient numbers we risk will address this concern. b) The Transport Studies will employment, transport and having either a town of commuters, overloading a transport system that was address this concern. c) The masterplan is not and number of housing will address has not been subject to any externally imposed the concerns. designed on the assumption that most residents would work in the town. b. Transport. If the transport infrastructure is inadequate in either capacity, "targets". The current level of development has been type or routing then the town will fail. advised because of viability, and because the c. Justification for the scale of development. As the Masterplan’s entire masterplanners consider the scale of development justification for the scale of proposed development in Bordon Whitehill is would be unlikely to have adverse impacts. These predicted on the housing requirements of the South East Plan, now revoked, it impacts in particular traffic, pollution and biodiversity are being further investigated at the moment and any is fundamentally and fatally flawed. change to any of these would trigger modification to the masterplan. Local need is quantified for the District in the Draft Local Development Framework and the EHDC Housing Needs Study. This masterplan works from those figures, these studies are listed in the masterplan bibliography.SE Plan - all references to out of date legislation will be removed from the next iteration of the report.

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GENERAL COMMENTS. ID No Name 23.0 CPRE Hampshire

Summary Comments

Response

Action

Our object was to find out about changes to the Masterplan since the Your previous comments have been noted and CPRE Hampshire to continue consultation and exhibition late last year. In fact, as far as we could ascertain, responded to separately. The masterplan along with to be one of our stakeholder there has been little if any change to the areas of particular interest to CPRE the supporting studies was first published in its entirety consultees. Hampshire as set out in our letter of 23 December 2009 (attached) and so our in June 2010. Previous consultation was only on the comments made then still stand, subject to the points made in this letter. A parts of the document or on the studies which informed major concern continues to be the lack of the output of the Hampshire County the masterplan. Your support in principle for a Council studies on transport, and projected impacts of traffic on the development of 4000 dwellings is noted. The Evidence surrounding countryside. We have always said that Whitehill-Bordon needs to Base studies on the Transport Modelling, HRA and Green Infrastructure are currently underway and will be be an exemplar eco-town in reducing car usage. Another major concern is the protection of the European designated nature tested against various development scenarios. The conservation sites. We continue to support, in principle, a development of 4000 work is due for completion towards the mid of 2011 and dwellings, but still need to be satisfied that even this number can be the Masterplan will be fed by its results. The Project accommodated without any significant adverse impact on the nature Team will be publishing the studies and consulting at conservation sites from visitor activity or pollution, and with a sufficient safety appropriate stages. margin

26.0 Annington Already supportive of the principles of the Green Vision proposals for the Viability: The viability of the project has been The quantity of development be Property regeneration of Whitehill Bordon and similarly the proposals emanating from established in outline, but we are currently engaged in re-assessed as soon as the Limited (APL) the designation of the project as an ‘Eco-town’ by the last Government. Two further work which will be made public as soon as this outcome of existing viability comments (A) The commerciality and realism of the proposals in light of the work is complete. Viability is inextricably linked to the work is complete. funding that they will require. (B) The specific position of the APL interests market at any one time. Existing and future work has within (A) above. It would be helpful to have some form of statement/policy and will include sensitivity testing to ensure framework that gives indications as to how the regeneration of Whitehill sustainability for a variety of market conditions. Bordon would be achieved without the land release that would accompany the Recent indications from the MoD have told us that they anticipated withdrawal. One of the consultees’ main concerns is whether the remain committed to a withdrawal from Whitehill whole project is based on an unreliable and significantly fragile foundation. Bordon within close timescales.

4.0 Churt Parish Pleased with being included in the consultation on cross boundary issue. Council

Noted.

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That all adjacent authorities continue to be included and welcomed at future consultation.


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22.4 Selborne Parish Council

Comparators. Many of the comparators come from Germany, a populous COMPARATORS: No town will be identical to Whitehill There should be continued country with an infrastructure rebuilt from scratch in 1946 to 1950 [and not at Bordon, but we have much to learn from other towns community engagement to German expense] or Scandinavia – a sparsely populated rural idyll with few of that have similar aspirations. We need to learn from ensure the project continues to the challenges facing Bordon-WhitehillMOD Relocation. As there is not yet other towns' mistakes as well as their successes. be locally led and there is confirmation that the MOD is actually going to move the entire document is REPORT STYLE: The report style is fairly standard for consultation with partners and hypothetical Report Style. The Parish Council is astonished that the language a British masterplan. The scale of text and level of stakeholders to resolve issues is so simplistic and the structure so rambling. Much of the data is irrelevant white space is chosen to make the document easier to of detail such as the level of and the large amounts of white space, infantile drawings and huge type font read. The supporting documents contain the "meat" of traffic impact and further work are simply wasteful and extravagant. the data. on the green infrastructure and energy strategies;

22.4 Selborne Parish Council

Consultation. It seems that the local input has generated around 1,000 CONSULTATION: We are advised by GOSE, CABE responses – albeit some of these are to detailed questions on where, say, a and HCA that the level and quality of engagement we school should be. The Parish Council does not think that this is sufficient have achieved is very good for a scheme of this type. engagement – the most important being to find who is actually going to move However we shall continue to be innovative in our methods with a view to widening the range of their business here. community that we engage with. Until the MoD is able to announce exactly which parcels of land they propose to vacate, we consider engagement with potential inward investors to be premature.

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23.1 CPRE Hampshire

This must now be developed with regard to the principles of local democracy in The exact boundary of the National Park was published Further Evidence Base Studies planning being developed by the current government. To be found sound at on the day that the consultants completed their work to address the specific Examination in Public, it will be necessary to show good public consultation and the Masterplan was published. So it is fair to concerns on the proposed infrastructure and and support for the scheme. Our feeling is that there is some way to go yet in comment that any impact negative or positive could not green gaining that support, and that in all likelihood it would not extend to more than have been assessed. We are now in touch with the mitigation of any potential 4000 dwellings. For our full support, we would need also to be satisfied that new South Downs National Park Authority and they impacts. Future plans to show there will be sufficient green space within and adjoining the urban area to have given us their initial comments. They have also location of new South Downs prevent damage to the adjoining South Downs National Park from overuse for made public their intention to become more engaged National Park boundary. recreation. We have not seen any analysis of this aspect, so far. with us so that the benefits of an Eco-town to an adjacent national park can be fully realised.

17.0 English Heritage

We welcome identification of a number of key landmarks and buildings for We agree with the principle of retention of landmark Comments to be incorporated retention at Figure 2.6 and the reference under Key Design Features, para. buildings as stated in the paragraph 5.10 of the in 'Design Code' or site specific 5.10, to retention of landmark buildings to add maturity and character to the masterplan. The masterplan is at an early stage and studies, development briefs. development; with the heritage of Whitehill Bordon helping to create a strong such decisions will require a comprehensive survey sense of place (further references at 7.23). English Heritage considers that audit of the existing buildings. This will be improving the quality of place is at the heart of sustainable development and commissioned at an appropriate stage. that the historic environment is a key to our sense of place.

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Guildford and We want to commence these comments by saying that we recognise the huge All the detailed comments are noted and we will Include Guildford and Waverley Friends of the Earth on the Waverley amount of work and thought which has gone into these proposals in what is for address them in the further studies. consultation list and involve in Friends of the East Hampshire District Council a very difficult and complex set of the evolving further studies. Earth circumstances presented to them by the proposed departure of the MoD in an area which has recognised difficulties and challenges.We do not propose to comment in any detail on the Masterplan as it is an outline document. We would be grateful if you would add Guildford and Waverley Friends of the Earth to your circulation list for any further updates or consultations on the Bordon Whitehill proposals. The financial viability of the proposal The low levels of environmental sustainability proposed as the minimum targets for new housing The adequacy and timing of the proposal for transport infrastructure and services The prospects of creating sufficient new employment to create a genuinely sustainable mixed use settlement in this particular location The potential impact of the proposal on very sensitive environmental habitats

Natural England

Natural England believes the draft Masterplan sets out a very helpful strategic Comments noted and we appreciate Natural England's Continue to work closely with overview of how the area could change in the next 25 years. There is much to involvement in the masterplan process to date. Natural England on further welcome and we are pleased to see continued recognition that the natural HRA, Green Infrastructure environment in the area is of the very highest quality, along with numerous Strategy work to ensure that all commitments to environmental protection and enhancement. the concerns are appropriately However, while we continue to support the general strategic approach, the addressed. Ecotown principle and the ‘One Green Town’ Vision, there continue to be some areas of detail in the Plan that cause us concern. We have already highlighted many of these in our letter commenting on the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) of the Masterplan of 30th October 2009. Our main concern remains ensuring that any development in the area does not lead to adverse impacts on the nearby sites of European importance.

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GENERAL COMMENTS. ID No Name Waverley Borough Council

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Waverley Borough Council remains of the view that there is still not sufficient All the detail comments on the chapter are noted. Set up a further meeting with evidence to show how the development can be accommodated without having Further to the comments received, the project team Waverley Borough Council an adverse impact on Waverley’s communities, infrastructure, facilities and held a meeting with Waverley Borough Council and once the studies' findings are Surrey County Council to go through the concerns and available and prior to any future services. As the Masterplan is aspirational and requires other studies to be undertaken it comments in detail. The concerns will be addressed amendments to the masterplan. is therefore subject to change. The lack of detail and the uncertainty over what through the further studies and Waverley Borough will be delivered makes it very difficult for Waverley to fully assess the impact Council will be updated. of the proposals on our Borough and communities. As such Waverley feels that it can only maintain its strong objection to the proposals set out in our earlier correspondence to you dated 17th December 2009 regarding the preferred approach to Whitehill Bordon in East Hampshire District Council’s Core Strategy. • The studies should take into account the impact that Whitehill Bordon and other significant development in other adjoining local authorities such as the Aldershot Urban Extension in Rushmoor will cumulatively have on Waverley.

Bordon Area BAAG has submitted 53 pages of detailed comments as a response to the The masterplan has been considerably updated in Action group masterplan consultation. (Key issues as below) detail since the last version but no change in the (BAAG) No significant changes have been made to the masterplan since the overall structure, contents and key principles. This previous round of consultation. BAAG’s objections and concerns as submitted consultation is the first wider public consultation held previously therefore remain. on the full set of studies. The masterplan will be With the revocation of the South East Plan, the proposed eco‐town revised comprehensively once the further studies are housing figures are no longer a ‘target’. Housing figures are to be tested and completed. based on local need. BAAG continue to contest EHDC’s definition of brownfield land. EHDC and Availability of brownfield land is only one of the factors. AECOM staff at consultation events have continued to advised the public that The land is currently within the MoD ownership and ‘all MOD land is brownfield land’ (previously developed land or PDL). Yet partly in use. The masterplan plans for MoD's expected EHDC officers have confirmed that consistent with the definitions contained in vacation of the garrison. PPG3 and PPS3. BAAG estimate that well over half of the MoD’s landholding comprises Greenfield land. Accordingly, if any development is to occur at No certainty yet exists on the number of dwellings Bordon and Whitehill, there is a very strong case for reducing the current proposed. Any reference to numbers is subject to proposals by at least 50%. further evidence and viability testing.

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BAAG

Due to the scale of overdevelopment proposed, the masterplan is based on Protection of European wildlife and heathland is a high Further work is needed to set mitigation and not avoidance. Avoidance of impacting on existing European priority for the Council. We are awaiting results of the out the nature, design and and local designated habitats, the existing open spaces and the surrounding further Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA). It has function of the existing and landscape, separating Bordon and Whitehill from the surrounding villages, is full support of Natural England. The Council will proposed green spaces to and protect the best practice. Avoidance occurs through locating development of the right complete all the required studies and follow Statutory support European sites. scale in the right places. This could be achieved by reducing housing numbers. Procedures. The mitigation approach adopted by the EHDC will have a significant negative We recognise the local appreciation of the farm. The current masterplan proposal for Standford Grange implication on the existing designated ecological habitats. Farm is it to be included under the Green Loop network BAAG object to the inclusion of Standford Grange Farm to provide open as a publicly accessible open space. The brief for the Green Infrastructure Strategy includes consideration of space and ecological mitigation. all options for the best use of the farm after consulting the local community

BAAG

noted and The core baseline evidence is inadequate for preparing a masterplan. BAAG Scope of the Evidence Base Studies to support the Comments Whitehill Bordon Framework Masterplan and Local suggested additional studies to strongly believe that this evidence base should include: Development Framework Core Strategy is stated in be included in the further Base where ‐ A strategic environmental assessment, as part of the sequential approach, Appendix 2 of the Council report dated 7th December Evidence to siting differing forms and scales of development and to seek a reduction in 2010. This includes a number of studies mentioned appropriate. the need to travel; here. ‐ Reports as to how the military’s presence impacts on the population age Hampshire County Council is preparing the Multi-Modal Transport Model. The model will enable a number of statistics and use of services; scenarios to be considered and will estimate the likely ‐ The completed transport and rail feasibility study, illustrating the means by changes in traffic levels on local roads and through which increased travel demand would be addressed and the mechanisms local communities. which would limit the impacts on adjoining communities; The Transport Model includes Whitehill Bordon and also its surrounding local communities and transport BAAG object to Bordon and Whitehill becoming a dormitory town. It is in the network. worst possible place in terms of accessibility other than by car, with little hope of addressing the deficiencies.

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GENERAL COMMENTS. ID No Name BAAG

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Furthermore, EHDC’s consultants have advised that the railway link is unviable The Rail Feasibility Study which is still underway; will Potential delays in the due to the limited population of Whitehill and Bordon and the surrounding be evaluated and progressed to the next stage subject announcement of confirmed villages. Hence our extreme concern that there will be a substantial increase in to availability of funding. In the interim, improvements plans for the release of land in traffic flows arising from the proposed ecotown on the surrounding network. to the local bus network, infrastructure and cycle paths Whitehill Bordon by Defence are recommended. The business case for future public Estates may mean that it is necessary to progress Core Until the Core Strategy and LDF policies have been finalised and adopted, it transport will be investigated in detail. without detailed is not possible to draw or consider a masterplan. The policies should inform The decision to defer this decision would introduce Strategy development not the other way around. There is also no immediate urgency to uncertainties over the town’s future and undermine the policies for Whitehill Bordon. adopt the masterplan if land is not to be released until 2014 or later. There is work so far. We understand that the masterplan and The planning policy and studies still no certainty that the MoD will be leaving. Evidence Base Studies will need to be completed prior should be reviewed in order to to the submission of Core Strategy in 2011. There is respond to any changes in the considerable time gap between now and the Core timetable of MoD vacation of Strategy being adopted in 2012. It is important to the garrison, however the progress on the masterplan studies simultaneously as current plan is to progress both the Core Strategy. The exact nature of the adoption of work streams at the same time. the masterplan either as a SPD or AAP may vary in the future.

10.0

• Having seen the plans I feel that the Bordon Eco-town can be nothing but Comments welcome. beneficial to the town. I can definitely see the benefits it would have for the community. Excellent plan.

11.0

• Hogmoor Inclosure not part of Defence Training Review • Funding cuts not released to members of public

MoD has considerable landholdings in the masterplan area. Hogmoor Inclosure (tank training area) in addition to Louisburg, Quebec, Prince Phillip Barracks, the technical training area for SEME/ REME have been identified as potentially surplus to the MoD's requirement. This has not been formally agreed and the MoD decision is awaited. The decision of the government's spending review and department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) funding are public information.

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12.0

• What differences are there between this plan and the one which we went out The draft masterplan was developed during November Outline the key changes in the to consultation on? 2008-July 2010 and the first community engagement introduction to the masterplan was carried out in November 2008. Following for the next version. completion of subsequent studies, and further consultation the Draft Framework Masterplan (June 2010) was published for further public consultation. This masterplan version provides the first opportunity to comment on the complete set of studies comprehensively. There has been a number of detailed updates and changes but the principles are the same.

13.0

Like the idea of providing jobs and facilities in the town and of improved public Comments welcome. The details on the Green Town Clearly identify differences and Vision are stated in Para 1.16 of the masterplan and similarities between Eco-town transport which will benefit the villages too • Pleased to know that water supply should not be a problem Planning Policy Statement: Eco-towns supplement and Green Town in the next • We need to clarify the difference between Eco-town and Green Town provides the details on Eco-town. revision of the masterplan.

18.0

Future consultation venue – Jubilee Club

20.0

• Got to have a plan whatever happens. To say we don’t want it as BAAG says Comments noted. We recognise the local appreciation The brief for the Green is ridiculous – they don’t have an alternative of the farm. The current masterplan proposal for Infrastructure Strategy includes • Policy boundary is a bonus for surrounding villages Standford Grange Farm is for it to be included under consideration of all options for • For an Eco-town to loose a farm is ludicrous- farm needs to stay. Should not the Green Loop network as a publicly accessible open the best use of the farm after be seen as just public open space space. consulting the local community.

20.1 22.0

Jobs – Local jobs would be of benefit to wider community • For Eco-town because brings facilities etc, not just housing • Concern about sewage but understand it will be upgraded

Comments noted.

Comments noted. Comments noted.

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The Jubilee Club will be considered for the future public consultation events or meetings on the masterplan.


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23.0

Concern over MoD not leaving – what will happen? Town Centre concerns over facilities

Agree but we must plan for likely eventualities. The letter from Defence Estates dated 27th October 2010 states “ We aim to be able to reconfirm Bordon Garrison’s release early in the New Year”. A decision will need to be taken in 2011 when such information becomes available and studies will continue until then to support the Core Strategy work. The New Town Centre will include all the essential facilities. The plans are flexible and individuals needs can be addressed as plans develop further.

24.0

Generally think the Eco-town is a good thing, good to have more leisure Comments noted. facilities In favour of Whitehill Bordon Eco-town – good development and better Comments noted. facilities long over due. Masterplan document too big, Tree diagram – confusing. Comments noted.

25.0 26.0

27.0

344 responses who support the idea represents less than 3% of the town’s It represents a good level of response for this type of population. consultation.

29.0

Campaign to Protect Rural England - fed comments back at last masterplan. Retrofitting of older buildings Concern over BOSC proximity to SPA

Action

The revised masterplan framework in the future will be drafted to be concise with supporting studies separated out as an appendix.

The previous comments are logged and recorded. Note CPRE's previous They will be addressed through the further studies comments in the future work. This will include the site specific aspect of the revisions and feed into ongoing impact of BOSC on SPA. studies for addressing. There are ongoing demonstration projects for retrofitting and we are working to receive further funding to extend this scheme to the wider community.

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32.0

It would be a good idea if you advertised your events and meetings on the Comments noted. video display in the charity shop in Bordon; £1 per week, no long term contract

Communications Team to look at the suggestion in detail and action immediately if possible.

33.0

Comments noted. • Bordon – Sure Start Children’s Centre to be included in plan • Impact on Children’s Centre • Children’s Centre should be at the heart of popular local facility and should be advertised through masterplan • Multi agency provision Please update maps and report.

Include Sure Start Centre in the masterplan map and report.

36.0

Concern about building over the MoD playing fields. Note that they flood. We recognise in such large scale regeneration there might be some modest reorganisation or losses but this Nice to keep old buildings – it’s not eco friendly to demolish them. I don’t want Bordon to turn into Aldershot. Towns we like include Winchester, is outweighed by the proposal to bring forward over Petersfield – but shops not so good. 125 Ha of public open space for the wider use Our kids walk 2 miles to school. including most of Hogmoor Inclosure. It will result in net gain in open space. Your aspirations for the New Town Centre character noted.

38.0

• A3 format is not user friendly – should be A4 with fold out maps. Executive Comments noted. summary should be five pages.

39.2 41.0

• Something’s got to be done – it can’t stay as it is • Very supportive for transport proposals • Bordon has to be made into a nice town to rival Petersfield and Alton • Town has a lot of potential

44.1

Comments noted. Comments noted. Comments noted.

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The revised masterplan framework in the future will be drafted to be concise with supporting studies separated out as an appendix.


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45.2

• Use the digital display in the charity shop to advertise events, the eco fits etc Comments noted. Artists Impressions are for illustrative • Can we webcast meetings on Eco-town • Don’t like the artists impression of purpose only. The exact design details will change as what it might look like the proposals develop further and design codes are produced.

46.1

We would support it if it happens. How will the Forest Centre stay? Delivery of The Forest Centre is a privately managed property. It goods currently too costly. Will the old properties be depreciated by the new will continue to function as existing until the new Town development? Centre is delivered. It may function as a local neighbourhood level shopping centre in the long term. Evidence from elsewhere suggests that new development, supporting infrastructure and facilities makes a town a more desirable location to invest and can increase the values of the existing properties in the long term.

48.2

Where should we start? Do it neighbourhood by neighbourhood. Start with Comments noted. The masterplan proposals affect Include plot size / Design existing population, improvement of existing houses. I approve of starting with neighbouring parishes of Selborne, Headley, Binsted Codes within the individual and Bentley, Bramshott and Liphook as well as sites studies or development retrofitting. Whitehill Bordon and Lindford. . This has been briefs. • Support for companies • Broadband recognised and would be incorporated within future • Neighbourhood hubs – upgrade neighbourhoods with facilities like shops, consultations on individual projects as well as the masterplan. The programme of neighbourhood village halls. Q. Would there be a limit on plot sizes. Policies have now been deduced to consultation will enable the community to talk to the local planning authorities. Project Team in detail about their specific area of the town – this neighbourhood approach really embraces the localism agenda. There could be plot size limit and appropriate designs as individual sites come forward for the study. The masterplan will be accompanied by a Design Code in the future.

49.0

Firmly against the Whitehill Bordon masterplan. Should be consulted by referendum

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Comments noted.


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57.0

The plan remains a disaster for Bordon. It is too large and still needs to be The fundamental issue for Whitehill Bordon is how to reduced to only the buildings and infrastructure that will fit on the already built manage the expected vacation of all or part of the areas of Louisburg and Prince Phillip barracks if they are vacated by the Army. Army garrison. If the Army leaves as expected, very large areas of hard standings and massive buildings will be available for re-use and development. The town currently lacks the quality and extent of facilities that might be expected for its size. In the short term the impact of potential population and economic decline relating to the departure of the MoD will need careful management. However the potential to use this vast area of land to improve facilities and infrastructure in the town is viewed as a positive opportunity. Without a development framework in place, the town could suffer unsuitable piecemeal development.

58.0

What further studies are planned? Quick win – more cameras for monitoring

60.0

This scheme is based on misguided speculation & fanciful hope that private We disagree, the scheme is based on a number of funding & support will be the key to success. This scheme should not continue technical studies and viability testing. A minimum scale based on its present strategy. of development is required to ensure that the improved services and facilities that Whitehill Bordon needs are delivered. Further work on viability will be carried out in the coming months.

Please refer to Appendix 2 of the Council report dated 7th December 2010. Installing CCTV cameras is a detail outside the scope of this project but your comments are noted.

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64.0

I would like to register AGAINST the proposed ECO town plans. If you provide The masterplan links new housing with new jobs and the rail link and the jobs before the housing then I will be very much for it. the target is for one job per new household. The new development will be supported by the improved public transport network. The Rail Feasibility Study is currently ongoing.

65.0

We object to plans for the expansion of Whitehill/Bordon on the grounds of Comments noted. massive increases in the volume of traffic, lack of infrastructure, businesses are already deserting Bordon.

67.0

I should like to object in the strongest possible way to your plans for so-called Comments noted. eco town in Bordon.

68.0

We would like to congratulate the team for the ongoing consultative process Comments noted. Thank you for your support and making changes to incorporate resident’s views into the plan. We have seen this first hand from the events we have attended. We have also seen a lot of negativity from various external parties and feel they are potentially compromising a unique chance to have a “structure” for the town, but understand their concerns for a limit on housing numbers. However objecting to change for singular reasons, assumed lack of support (probably because of inertia) or not to upset the status quo of the current evolved town structure developed in a piecemeal planning fashion over the years is a path to even greater housing numbers without the infrastructure to support it. In our view some of the objectors “just do not get it” and are not seeing the bigger picture. Our view is that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and a lot rides on the MOD SDR, however this plan in our view, can only be a good thing for the town. In the next 3-4 years of extremely tight fiscal policy this will be a huge challenge.

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69.0

We were excited by the proposals put forward in the masterplan. We fully Comments noted. support the idea of Bordon becoming an eco town. We are very much in favour of energy saving buildings, good public transport, cycle ways and saving green space as much as possible. We are worried that if there is not a good plan in place if and when the army leaves, Bordon will end up with lots more housing but without the infrastructure to go with it.

70.1

• Masterplan proposals page 11 Once again the residents in the surrounding Comments noted. countryside have been overlooked. I suggest an extra bullet point might have said - 'link up the existing bridleways so that access for non-motorised use is available around and through the town, with particular reference to horse riders as there are many in the National Park and surrounding countryside.'

70.2

Is the lack of car parking for elderly shoppers. • Finally none of this should Road and infrastructure delivery is linked to the project Parking for elderly should be take place until a road and rail infrastructure is in place to cater for the 5.500 phasing as stated in the chapter 12 of the masterplan. considered in the future extra dwellings, as the existing traffic is making it impossible to get through The main relief road for A325 is planned for Phase Parking Provision and Bordon and Whitehill without delay at present and this is putting an overburden between 2015-2019 and would reduce through traffic Management for the Eco-town. from Whitehill Bordon. on the outlying villages and countryside.

72.0

I am extremely concerned with the proposed developments. Bordon is at One of the principal aims of the masterplan is to reduce present a fairly balanced town, however the amount of traffic currently usage of the private car and improve public transport generated indicates that there is not sufficient employment within the town connectivity. Hampshire County Council is preparing itself and subsequently local roads are a nightmare during the morning and the Multi-Modal Transport Model. The model will evening transfers to and from work. No provision is being made for improving enable a number of scenarios to be considered and will transport. No improved bus service or train service. estimate the likely changes in traffic levels on local roads and through local communities.

76.0

I oppose the Whitehill Bordon Draft Masterplan and urge a drastic reduction in This masterplan represents a direction of travel and will the size of the development and the number of new homes to be built. not prevent the Council from modifying housing numbers, density or uses within the masterplan as further evidence comes forward;

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Neighbouring villages and Parishes to be included in the future consultations. Bridleways to be considered in the emerging Green Infrastructure Strategy.


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79.0

I should like to register my strong objection to the planned Bordon eco town. The masterplan framework will allow for a managed The area has an already overloaded road system, poor bus services and no new development and a regeneration for the existing rail links. Your plans are not in the interests of the local community and I have town. Our records suggest a number of local residents yet to meet any resident of the area who is in favour of your so-called 'eco' who support the masterplan in principle. town.

83.0

In principle I agree that Bordon needs a boost in the arm, but I don't wish to be Comments noted duped by currying my support under the banner of an eco-town. I support the new investment, and the necessary expansion of the town, but as I commented earlier, the plans are too ambitious.

84.1

I am not in disagreement of them in principle I strongly object to the concerns Comments noted not being listened too and swept under the carpet. I hope that our local council will think long and hard about this proposal and take account of the many people that are opposed to the scale of it, you must also take into account the vast amount of people that do not have the time or means to communicate with you, or are simply unaware of this taking place,

85.0

There may be some low energy houses built but they do not make an ECO All the comments on the masterplan have been Town. Eco should mean benefits for everyone! It would appear from the local recorded and will be addressed through the further press that everyone approves of this disastrous plan. That is not the case - studies program. The Eco-town proposals is about the opponents have not been given equal publicity and the Council has hitherto regeneration of the whole town and not just the new ignored all the anti representation. There is nothing sensible about these developments. proposals and it seems to me that they are more about the egos of a few local politicians.

86.0

Your approach should be 'organic' and the deepest consideration should be The Draft Framework Masterplan is an evolving made for the present occupants. I beg you to reconsider any heavy handed document and a high level strategic framework. It construction of artificial towns and communities that will simply add to the represents a direction of travel and will not prevent the misery and alienation Council from modifying housing numbers, density or uses within the masterplan as further evidence comes forward;

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Community Engagement in the future should ensure that neighbourhood level meetings are held to encourage more involvement.


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87.0

No further monies should be spent on consultancy until we know the The preparation of the masterplan and completion of N/A timescales sufficiently well to be certain the work will not have to be done yet the Evidence Base Studies prior to the submission of again due to expiry. the Local Development Framework- Core Strategy are essential for a robust Core Strategy. The fundamental issue for Whitehill Bordon is how to manage the expected vacation of all or part of the Army garrison. If the Army leaves as expected, very large areas of hard standings and massive buildings will be available for reuse and development. The Framework Masterplan will remain as an important evidence document, even if the only part of the land were to be released. It is essential that we plan for the expected future of the town and government has provided funds for that to happen.

88.0

1.This is not a plan so much as a description of intentions. Rather than Similar issues raised in the comments. Responded undertaking the research first, then basing the plan on the data, this plan elsewhere in the report under specific headings. emerged with all its in-built ambitions and requirements which successive versions have been trying to justify ever since. Since little has changed, most of this can only be described as marketing. 2. Many of the reports commissioned are written on the assumption that the aims and intentions of the initial plan are achievable. It seems increasingly likely they they are not. The HRA report, for example suggests that the intended reduction in road traffic will reduce current air pollution effects across Shortheath Common. Traffic here is increasing now. Successive reports refer to the eco-town intentions, not the reality of the situation. It seems very unlikely that road traffic will decrease with increasing local population. If the initial assumptions are incorrect, subsequent reports are based on the wrong data.

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89.0

If SEME does move from the area, if government approval (and funding) for True but we must plan for likely eventualities. The letter the eco-town is forthcoming, and if the people agree the proposal via a from Defence Estates dated 27th October 2010 states referendum, then it is possible that many more will want to comment and in “We aim to be able to reconfirm Bordon Garrison’s release early in the New Year”. Consultation will more depth than previously. There are too many uncertainties at present. continue.

91.0

I consider this project is an enormous waste of public money to pander to the The Project has followed all the due procedures in the aspirations of a few interested individuals in the local government appointment of the consultants and been supported by organisations, supported by interested highly paid consultants who are the project partners including HCC, CLG, HCA and MoD. employed to advise them.

92.0

If the whole thing had been thought through and agreed plans laid, we could The letter from Defence Estates dated 27th October be confident of success, but actually we have NO IDEA which parts will be 2010 states “We aim to be able to reconfirm Bordon allowed to happen and which not. This piecemeal approach could damage the Garrison’s release early in the New Year”. area irrevocably unless we can ensure that a balance is continually maintained, and I don't think that is practical.

94.0

There appears to be little that has changed since the November 09 Details of the masterplan has been considerably Further HRA, Site Masterplan. There is also no mention of the millions of tonnes of identified updated since the last version but no change in the Investigations Study/ Ground sand deposits that are under threat of being sterilised by development despite overall structure, contents and key principles. This Surveys to consider findings of the government, county and district council policy not to sterilise minerals consultation is the first wider public consultation held the Appropriate Assessment. deposits by development. The south-east is already one of the most densely on the full set of studies. The masterplan will be The avoidance of sterilisation inhabited areas in Europe and you can make Whitehill-Bordon as eco-friendly revised comprehensively once the further studies are should be addressed through as you can but residents are not going to stay inside. The impact of the scale completed. the masterplan with the of the development on the surrounding areas will be huge. Response to the rail, traffic and transport can be read phasing of development to in the chapter 10 transport and movement section. allow for minerals investigation We understand the issue of sand deposits as identified and, if possible, extraction, in in the Appropriate Assessment. We will carry out order to reduce or remove further investigations and studies at appropriate stages pressure for mineral extraction. in the future.

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94.2

Contrary to European Union Directives, there will still be serious damage Protection of European wildlife and heathland is a high caused by the scale of the development on nearby designated sites. priority for the Council. We are still awaiting results of the further Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA). It has full support of Natural England. Full notice will be taken that the Council has completed all the required studies and followed the statutory procedures.

94.3

There are no proposals in place to deal with a substantial increase in traffic on One of the principal aims of the masterplan is to reduce the A325 and the surrounding villages which are used as rat runs. There are usage of the private car and improve public transport suggestions to mitigate the speed of vehicles but no answers to the volumes of connectivity. Hampshire County Council is preparing traffic which will be generated. the Multi-Modal Transport Model. The model will enable a number of scenarios to be considered and will estimate the likely changes in traffic levels on local roads and through local communities.

95.0

13 chapters and 200 + pages of nothing but what was said last year. Where The masterplan has been considerably updated in are the proposed details? Why would any rail company put a rail link into details since the last version but no change in the somewhere that never had one? An increase in buses who's to pay when your overall structure, contents and key principles. The reducing them? and how do you propose to get the 50% of the population to consultation is the first public consultation on the full give up their jobs to work in this town when you can't even get what's here version of the masterplan and supporting studies. The right! masterplan will be revised comprehensively in response to the consultation comments and further studies. Response to the rail, traffic and transport can be read in the chapter 10 transport and movement section.

96.0

Request a referendum on the Bordon Eco Town issue

Noted

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99.1

These make wonderful aspirations but add little to The Green Town Vision and Table 13.1 of the masterplan explains the summary of Further work as set out earlier there is no indication as to how these are actually achieved. Eco-town and Green Town Vision targets and its Publish results. relation to the masterplan. A more detailed viability study is being undertaken and the results of that work will be made public.

99.2

5.8 Hogmoor and Bordon Inclosures are already publicly accessible and are Chapter 8 of the masterplan has the detailed not additional as suggested. No SANGS are shown. Hogmoor Inclosure is information on the biodiversity and SANGS. The already a SINC with its own delicate biodiversity. No information has been supporting evidence base reports including the HRA obtained as to the effect the masterplan would have upon the existing explain the study in detail. biodiversity on these sites. No reference is made to “increased biodiversity� and as to how this is to be achieved.

100.0

on

viability.

Whilst I both welcome and appreciate the need for the regeneration of Comments noted. The Draft Framework Masterplan is Noted for the Viability study Whitehill and Bordon the Masterplan still appears to contain a "Christmas style a work in progress and subject to change once the wish list" of development.; I feel that there is more work to be done on the further evidence base studies are completed. The Masterplan before it fully meets the ideals and aspirations of the Town project team is committed to working with residents Residents and Council to promote, improve and give Bordon the lift it needs and Town Council to meet their aspirations. and we all desire.

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3. erosion of ecology, habitat, wildlife due to over development adjacent to protected and other valued sites and open space 6. most existing open spaces in Bordon, including playing fields will be built on 7.Standford Grange Farm, away from Bordon taken over for ‘dog walking’ 3, 6, 7 Further HRA is currently underway. We space to compensate for loss in Bordon contrary to green approach and recognise in such large scale regeneration there might nonsensical. be some modest reorganisation or losses but this is 9. proposed high density housing alien to existing character; outweighed by the proposal to bring forward over 125 10retrofitting existing homes not feasible mass housebuilding near protected Ha of public open space for wider use including most of wildlife/ecological sites like Hogmoor Inclosure will destroy them Hogmoor Inclosure. It will result in a net gain in open 12. Erosion of character and fragmentation of surrounding settlements and space. We recognise the local appreciation of the farm. parishes The current masterplan proposal for Standford Grange 13.Delivery board circumvents planning system. Farm is it to be included under the Green Loop network 14.Planning decisions, restrictions on parking, movement and use of open as a publicly accessible open space. The brief for the space all different from the rest of East Hampshire Green Infrastructure Strategy includes consideration of 17. This business not notified as a stakeholder, in contrast to previous all options for the best use of the farm after consulting consultations the local community. 18 Council’s pre-determined quantum of houses and other goals, lack of 9, 12 Much of the existing town character is not rural evidence base, unproven ideas, loaded consultations, false claims and but ‘suburban’. The new housing will be of high quality promises add up to gross incompetence and maladministration. and sustainable standards. 13 The Delivery Board will not have decision-making authority over development. It will remain with East Hampshire District Coucil as the local planning authority. 18. The housing numbers are not predetermined and are subject of further viability testing. Other points are responded to elsewhere in this report.

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102.0

I do not wish to see Bordon disappear under concrete, and I hope that the The fundamental issue for Whitehill Bordon is how to Comments on the lack or poor Army does not leave Bordon. I would rather money be spent on improving manage the expected vacation of all or part of the existing facilities noted. what we have. I never wanted to live in a Town. The Army provides Army garrison. If the Army leaves as expected, very employment. What is going to happen to the people who are employed on the large areas of hard standings and massive buildings Camp now. The bus service is hopeless for people getting to work. Our will be available for re-use and development. The town schools are bulging at the seams. I do not relish having to struggle up the hill currently lacks the quality and extent of facilities that to a proposed new Shopping Centre. I do not see people getting out of their might be expected for its size. In the short term the cars to walk their children to school. I absolutely do not want 5,000 more impact of potential population and economic decline houses. We have no link to a major hospital. We can't get to the nearby towns relating to the departure of the MoD will need careful in the evenings or at weekends. Some fitness equipment for the Over 60s management. However the potential to use this vast would have been an idea i.e. a swing. I love having a swing, even though I am area of land to improve facilities and infrastructure in the town is viewed as a positive opportunity. Without a 70. It would be a bit of fun for them, as well as exercise. development framework in place, the town could result in a piecemeal development.

104.0

We have no objection to the 'eco-town' concept but, if the Army leaves Bordon Your support for the 'eco-town' concept is welcome. we strongly disagree with the proposed increase in population size. There The masterplan proposes around 4000 new units should be no increase just replacement. Specific concerns on impact on within the MoD land over next 20 years. The exact level of housing and associated development is yet to habitats, future of Hogmoor Inclosure, Standford grange. be determined and is subject to further studies including Habitats Regulations Assessment, Green Infrastructure Strategy.

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105.0

Object in principle. The area where I live i.e. Shortheath Common has already Protection of European wildlife and heathland is a high The specific concerns on been destroyed by the incompetence of EHDC and HCC in planning matters. priority for the Council. We are still awaiting results of Shortheath Common to be There are several important wild life areas in the district which will be ruined by the further Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA). It included as part of Green the proposed over development including Shortheath Common - an important has full support of Natural England. Full notice will be Infrastructure Strategy, HRA on SSS which will undoubtedly have a huge increase in traffic using it as a short taken that the Council has completed all the required air quality, visitor activity and cut to Alton. studies and followed Statutory Procedures. impacts on habitats.

106.0

• The plan to deliver thousands of jobs, new shops and facilities will not We have evidence which suggests interest from the business community in locating or expanding in materialise as retailers will not relocate here due to poor market conditions. • Developers will not build quality housing without massive public subsidies Whitehill Bordon. No marketing has yet been done due to the low prices in the area. ‘Affordable ‘ housing and projects such as ahead of MoD’s announcement. Eco-town status and ‘Drum Housing’ serve a purpose but will not attract higher earning, planned future growth will attract investment to the professional families to the area. What guarantee is there that further area. amenities would be provided to be operational as soon as the houses are The social and community infrastructure will be occupied? – none, I suspect. • The proposed high density housing and mass building near protected wildlife provided through an appropriate delivery model either sites like Hogmoor will destroy them. I want to protect our wild life and through the Community Infrastructure Levy, S106 encourage young people to care for the world of nature whilst this plan seeks funding or any other innovative models. Planning policies and an adopted masterplan will ensure that to destroy it. such amenities are provided when housing development takes place. We are in the process of completing further Habitats Regulations Assessment. It is an ongoing work and will ensure that protected wildlife is safeguarded against any development proposals.

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3.1

Have not involved wider regional community outside Whitehill Bordon

engagement and Special meetings have been held with neighbouring Future parishes and wider consultation has been undertaken. consultations will continue to Stakeholders representing a wide geographical and involve neighbouring Parish Town Councils and subject area have been invited to stakeholder and sessions. The website and local newspapers were regional bodies. used in advertising the events. We have received responses from a wide area.

5.3

Eco-house in the ‘wrong’ place – would be more accessible on the Community Noted. Centre Green

13.2

• Can we keep light levels down

15.0

• How can people be consulted if they cannot get a copy of the document? • The cost of £136 for the printed masterplan in unacceptable. • Viking Park for individual use and leisure is acceptable

Action

Sustainable transport and accessibility improvements to be proposed for the EcoStation and Exhibition House.

This is subject to the detail design guidelines and outside the masterplan scope Full copies of the document were available at the Limited number of copies of the following locations until 3rd September 2010: The Final Masterplan will be Forest Community Centre, Bordon Library, Mill Chase available as hard copies and Community College, Whitehill Town Council, Liphook distributed to local libraries and Library, Alton Library, Petersfield Library, EHDC's council offices. All consultation offices in Petersfield, Alton, Kingsley Parish Council, material is also put onto the Lindford Parish Council, Headley Parish Council, website. Bramshott and Liphook Parish Council, Greatham Parish Council, Grayshott Parish Council and Selborne Parish Council. The document was also available on the website. Comments on Viking Park Noted.

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28.1

WiFi worries about downloads and security. Broadband should get BT ‘fibre to Noted. cabinet’. Can’t read road names on map.

We will forward concerns on the detail of the broadband to the project manager responsible. Key road names on the map to be made legible.

34.2

• More Parish Council involvement • Chase Estate does not exist on Lindford map

35.0

Referendum wanted, Just outside Policy Zone (see address) and wish to Comments on the referendum noted. The Properties outside the Ecoreceive information as it is inevitable that we will be affected neighbourhood Consultation and Communication town Policy Zone will continue Strategy requires that the information is widely to be included in the future consultations. distributed.

52.1

• Concern that PAG notes have not been fed back – does not appear • Masterplan not changed from 12 months

engagement and Local Parish Councils were invited to participate in the Future masterplanning process and provide comment on the consultations should involve proposals. We are pleased to say that most of them Parish and Town Councils. Lindford map should be have done so. checked.

All interim comments from all groups have been A consultation report is ago recorded and considered. Changes have been made included as part of the to the masterplan where appropriate. The masterplan masterplan work. It outlines along with the supporting studies was first published in how comments have been its entirety in June 2010. Previous consultations included. informed the final document.

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Lindford Parish Council Lindford Parish Council

The map on Page 11 shows Lindford as being included in the Eco-Town Policy Yes the proposal is to include Lindford within the policy ? zone boundary.

3.2

Royal Mail

A reference should be made to the Bordon Distribution Office in the existing Agreed. community facility chapter and fig 2.8

9.8

Headley Parish Council

Ignorance of the existence of the Headley Mill ford. Could we ask that should There is a precise proposal for a new settlement policy Some people were confused by these two boundaries and in the Yellow Circle continue (which we hope will be replaced by a precise boundary. The yellow circle is a policy zone. settlement policy boundary), that the River Wey and Headley Mill Conservation future work we will make the difference clear. We will include Areas be shown on future Masterplan maps. a map of nearby conservation areas within the documentation, and will consider special policies for the Whitehill Bordon chapter of the Core Strategy if appropriate.

2.2

The Parish Council believe that the residents of Lindford would like to retain a EHDC officers will be happy to discuss this issue at a Continue to include Lindford separate identity but have not rejected the possibility of being included in the future Parish Council meeting. Parish Council in future stakeholder consultations. eco-town zone. The Parish Council would welcome the opportunity of consultation about this.

18.0 Forestry 2.25 The wooded approaches to Whitehill Bordon could be greatly improved Comments noted. Commission with landscape architect input and some carefully planned tree felling and vegetation management. The road edges are currently linear corridors that are featureless, monotonous under managed and scruffy. The enclosed nature of these roads gives a unkempt feel as you approach the town. Improving the management of the roadside approaches to the town would not only greatly improve the asthetics and feel of the area but would also benefit wildlife. Table 3.1 Biodiversity In Para 2 remove the reverence to “conserving Woodland” and replace this with “instigate sustainable active management into woodlands”

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Add location of Bordon District Office to Community chapter.

Consider amendments to Table 3.1 in Para 2. Green Infrastructure Strategy. This work is planned to include the input of landscape architects and we recognise that the special wooded nature of the town is a feature to be enjoyed and heightened. In particular we will ask consultants to advise how the approaches to the town and the A325 can be enhanced.


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17.1 English Heritage

Para. (vi) notes that the Masterplan is informed by a series of more detailed LANDSCAPE: The masterplan recommends that a technical studies, although landscape and the historic environment is not Green Infrastructure Strategy is commenced and we specifically referred to. It would be helpful for such sources to be highlighted. plan to include in the specification for that work to Indeed, given the relatively limited number of known significant heritage assets, include a more detailed assessment of landscape those that do exist assume a particular importance in the locality and so it is character. HERITAGE: Because of the lack of historic disappointing that protection and enhancement of the historic environment does buildings within the town it has not been considered that not feature even in the ‘other key priorities’ section (xvi). The section on historic separate policies regarding heritage are required within development of Whitehill Bordon today refers at para. 2.3 to a high the town. Policies in the Core Strategy for the whole of concentration of Bronze Age barrows in the area, but that most of them have the district should be adequate to cover Whitehill been disturbed or damaged. The 2010 Heritage at Risk Survey5 identifies Bordon as well. several barrows in the Whitehill area as being ‘at risk’. Clearly, this is an unfortunate situation, and more needs to be done to minimise such occurrences. Scheduled Ancient Monuments are identified on Figure 2.7 as ‘archaeological sites’. This fails to convey the national significance of these heritage assets and their settings.

5.1

Para 5.7 This paragraph refers to additional built development at the edge of The alignment of development plots shown in Fig. 5.1 is Hogmoor Inclosure. HCC has concerns about such additional pressure on the indicative and subjected to the further detailed SINC, especially as this is proposed as one of the main SANGS sites. assessment. This will be reviewed in the further evidence base studies.

All the development proposals on the edge of Hogmoor Inclosure should be carefully assessed against its potential impacts.

4.2

Ownership of Village Green in Oakhanger is shown as owned by EHDC.

Noted.

Land ownership to be checked and updated in the next revision and any alterations will be included in a corrigenda.

28.1

Must keep Edwardian Heritage Building and memorial to the Army essential.

The masterplan in paragraphs 2.2.5 and fig. 2.6 A site by site assessment will identifies a number of the existing buildings to be be carried out at an appropriate retained. stage to evaluate architectural and historic merit of the existing buildings. This will inform any future detailed development proposals.

HCC

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1.12 That the town lacks the facilities that might be expected in a town of its size The framework masterplan will ensure that the future fails to admit that this is largely through neglect by the Local Authority and their growth in population and employment would not result in planning decisions over the years. Where is the evidence that population growth a piecemeal approach. This approach will allow for the will automatically "drive the provision" of new services ? There is no direct provision of social and community infrastructure as the correlation between population and services, population increases.

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1.14 The brownfield land available is hardly 'vast'. Where is the evidence that "much of the population saw this as a positive opportunity and not simply as a threat " ? 1.15 The Green Town Vision is used as a mantra throughout the document, presumably to reassure doubters. It stated entirely worthy objectives. The idea that "the objectives of the Government's Eco-town initiative fit closely with the ethos of the Green Town Vision" fails to note that the Green Town Vision was about qualities, not housing numbers. The masterplan is focussed on building houses, risking the creation of another dormitory town. 2.6 There further confusion here about population figures. Not reassuring.

88.1

2.23 That the High street corridor is blighted by a number of poorly conceived Comments noted. 20th century developments, is essentially the result of previous planning decisions made by EHDC. Historically the town was planned to be divided by the A325, with the military and employment to the west and residential and shopping areas to the east. 2.54. Surely if the MoD are responsible for 2522 jobs, it suggests that if they leave, the immediate priority should be jobs - not building houses.

1.14 Around 231 hectares as identified in the masterplan which is potentially surplus to the MoD requirements. This represents a considerable amount as compared with any other sites in East Hampshire or Hampshire. Details on the consultation responses are available in the Composite Consultation Feedback Report (June 2010) 1.15 The masterplan also emphasises the 'quality' aspect and represents a sustainable mixed use development with the proposed provision of one new job per new dwelling. It will not be a dormitory town.

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88.2

3.17 Part of the Government's PPS is quoted here - but not all. It fails to 3.17 Annex A of PPS 1 (Eco-town supplement) mention that eco-towns are supposed to have good communications to a higher identifies Whitehill Bordon as the Eco-town location. In order centre. The European model which the PPS adopted, suggests eco-town our previous submission to the government, Whitehill developments as satellites, close to large conurbations where the infrastructure, Bordon met the criteria set by the government and was employment, entertainment, leisure and higher education facilities are already in awarded Eco-town status. 3.18 See chapter 8 and the Habitats Regulation place. Bordon does not fit this at all. 3.18 Bordon is claiming to be an exemplar of water use - being 'water neutral' - Assessment for further details on Biodiversity. See not exceeding the current demand. On what date is the current demand chapter 11 and the Water Cycle Study for more details. calculated ? 2009, the date of the Water Cycle Study ? This claim is 3.37 We understand the need to do more in the future meaningless until a date and consumption figure is stated. Biodiversity is again and the project continues to be locally led. mentioned as an exemplar but with no details of how and where this will be achieved. 3.37 The list of aspirations leading to a sustainable community do not sit well with the experience of local people whose views have not been sought, or adopted, who have seen a plan produced in spite of rather than because of their views.

88.2

4.41 This says that 392 postcard responses came from Whitehill, Bordon and 4.41 Details regarding the percentage noted. It is highly Lindford. It then suggests that this represents 3% of 13000 residents. Yet as unlikely that 100% of the population responds to such mentioned in 4 above, this is incorrect. The population is actually 16218, which surveys. We believe 392 responses represent a good gives a percentage of 2.4%, not 3%. Of these, 45% are claimed to support the proportion. masterplan, with 47% against. This gives just 1.08% of the population in favour 4.47 The proposed road and adjoining residential uses of the plan. So 98.92% of the town's population were on holiday, not interested, would be designed to an exemplar standard. It allows didn't know about the consultation, or were simply too jaded with the whole sufficient space for trees, public transport and wide pavements. The details are available in the Transport excercise. 4.47 As an indication of popular response shaping the plan, this is both selective Strategy (Alan Baxter) and page 173 of the masterplan. and misleading. For example the "Big idea" No 10 "A place for people not 4.49 Your disagreement with the summary conclusions through traffic " - apparently supported - has resulted in a planned new through is noted. Please refer to the Whitehill Bordon traffic route, running right through the length of the new residential areas. This is Opportunity: Consultation Events Report prepared by not as advertised. And it is not what might be expected of an 'exemplar' new independent consultants Kevin Murray Associates for the detailed information. town. 4.49 Makes sweeping statements about the validity and effectiveness of the consultation process.

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88.2

for the Green 5.4 To suggest that this is " a well-rounded development framework," is a claim 5.4 The masterplan is a high level strategic framework Noted which begs the question where are the other frameworks, against which this for development within the town. it represents a Infrastructure Strategy + HRA one can be judged ? We have been repeatedly told that this is an evolving direction of travel and will not prevent the Council from Air Quality plan, but pushing, bending and adapting a plan to make it work, is only an modifying housing numbers, density or uses within the effective strategy if the framework provides an assured basis. This does not. masterplan as further evidence comes forward. It is 5.5 There seems to be a lack of clarity about SANGS. Their size, location and based on the priorities as set out in the para 5.5 of the function seem not to be understood. If indeed EU habitats are to be protected - masterplan. as required by law - these cannot be narrow, dutiful strips of land spread 5.5 The detailed work issues on SANGS will be around the town, or equally the large area of Standford Grange Farm, which is addressed through the Green Infrastructure Strategy too far away from new residential areas to have any effect in drawing people in and further Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) for Whitehill Bordon which will also address concerns on air the new town away from EU protected areas. There is no convincing answer to traffic problems, either within the town where quality and be supported by the new public transport air pollution is already a problem or in preventing rat-running through the network. surrounding narrow village roads.

88.2

5.7 The notion that "new local green spaces" will be provided would be laughable if it wasn't sad. The place is green now. Creating new green spaces is an appalling euphemism for not building on quite all of the existing green spaces - just leaving a few parts green. 5.8 This statement seeks to make virtue out of the necessity for this plan to pack in enough houses to meet EHDC objectives. If only previously developed MoD brownfield land were developed, there would be no need to require the use of Standford Grange. To say this "has ensured that areas of green space ....are made publicly available" conveniently forgets that all the areas mentioned can be used by walkers now. This is not new green space at all - it's spin.

5.7 - 5.8 We disagree. Chapter 8 provides the required Noted for the details about the new local green spaces. Current Infrastructure Strategy public access for 'walkers' does not ensure its long term management. The Green Infrastructure Strategy to be prepared for the masterplan will identify the opportunities for improvements in details and its strategic context of linking it into the wider network of green spaces. EHDC has no development targets or objectives except to ensure that the scheme is viable and that the scale of development reaches a critical mass of sufficient proportion to attract investment, support better infrastructure and facilities.

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99.0

Park Design and 1.12 The only reason WB lacks facilities is the fact that EHDC has operated a 1.12 All 3 towns are approximately similar in size but the Viking planning policy favouring Alton and Petersfield on the extremities of its area factors for the provision of social and community Feasibility Study will consider the impact on adjoining SPA rather than Bordon in the middle of its area, all 3 being approximately the same infrastructure are not as simiplistic size. Police Station – Alton new station built & Whitehill reduced: Magistrates 1.14 The masterplan considers the entire land within and SINC. The proposed public corridor should Court Alton new Court built & Whitehill closed: Sports and Leisure – Alton MoD's ownership which is expected to come forward transport Sports Centre & Petersfield Taro Centre: Council Offices – Petersfield on the when the Army leaves. The size of this potential land is consider the environmental 'vast' as compared with the existing town. Fig. 1.4 is impact on the buffer zones of edge of its area rather than central. 1.14 There is not a “vast area of brownfield land” only approximately 1/4 is sourced from the EHDC Core Strategy Preferred the SPA/ SACs. Policies (Nov 09). The Hogmoor Inclosure is proposed brownfield and 3/4 is greenfield. Fig 1.4 No part of Hogmoor Inclosure should be included in the Extended as a publicly accessible green space. Currently ongoing Development Boundary – Planning permission for Viking Park was only granted Viking Park Design and Feasibility Study will address on appeal specifically for business and leisure on the basis that such non- this issue in more detail. All the public transport corridor residential development would be less likely to have adverse effects on the proposals will be undergoing a thorough assessment for remainder of the SINC and nearby SPA. The 4 “Reserved Public Transport their impact on the protected environmental sites. Suitable mitigation measures and alternative route Corridors” to north and south are within buffer zones of the SPA/SACs options will need to be tested in accordance with the regulations.

99.0

1.17 It is not true that the objectives of the Government’s eco-town initiative fits In our view, there were common themes and principles closely with the ethos of the Green Town Vision. Whitehill Bordon “fits” very in both the initiatives, albeit there are differences in the badly, if at all, and also there were no housing numbers in the Vision. details. The commitment towards achieving an exemplar sustainable development is an overarching common theme.

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99.0

Fig 2.3 It is not possible from the map to differentiate between Mixed Farm and Fig. 2.3 , 2.4, 2.8. Comments noted for amendments. Amend the figures 2.3, 2.4, 2.8 to incorporate the changes. Woodland and Wealdon Farmland and Heath Mosaic Fig 2.4 Paragraph 8 2.51, 2.65 Comments noted. make no reference to the fact that both The Slab and The Warren are 2.72 Eco-town standards for the new development will registered commons. Fig 2.8 Omits Bordon Post Office; omits Halifax Bank result in a reduced water usage. The further studies will (perhaps they knew it was about to close); the Co-op Convenience Store has be required to assess the exact water demand and infrastructure provision. closed; the Leisure items are wrongly coloured. 2.51 Any lack of educational achievement is directly related to the failure to provide educational facilities equivalent to those at Alton, Petersfield and elsewhere in the district and deplorable public transport. 2.65 The public transport options are fundamental to any development and no masterplan can be seriously considered in the absence of the finalisation of these and the inclusion of the proposed solutions. 2.72 The report was based on water neutrality involving a drop in the water usage of the existing town and “retraining” of existing residents to balance with the water usage of the new residents.This is unlikely to be the case or be achievable.

99.0

2.78 It should be clarified as to where the “considerable wooded areas” owned 2.78 The statement in the masterplan is factual. SPA Comments noted for the further by the MoD are that are considered likely to realistically provide “a source of legislation does not prevent tree felling if sufficient studies on Water, Biodiversity biofuels”. It is unfounded to suggest that EHDC are likely to provide closer mitigation and management is put in place to comply and Transport. management of SPAs owned by the MoD as the MoD already have their own with the planning policies. conservation group who manage their land very well and have a good record nationally and locally in this respect. EHDC seem completely disinterested in With regards to the questions raised on Table 3.1, biodiversity when it gets in their way – e.g. former army fire station outline please refer to the relevant chapters in the masterplan permission including felling of some trees and probably further trees to be felled and supporting studies. There will be further studies on when detailed permission sought; Table 3.1 Carbon – The masterplan lacks bio-diversity, water and transport which will test the any detail as to how the carbon footprint is to be neutral with the 4000+ new proposed development in detail. homes. Biodiversity – Likely adverse effect of protected sites is acknowledged but few if any avoidance steps are proposed and no case made as to why The Fire Station application does not include tree felling. alternative siting is not appropriate before any mitigation is investigated. Water – the Environment Agency have confirmed that this is an area of “no surplus water”. There can only be water neutrality if the existing homes are “persuaded” to reduce consumption from 180lpd to 80lpd. Transport – this is an area of appalling public transport

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99.0

3.38 Consideration of the sustainability issues should have already taken place We agree that sustainability issues are fundamental to as they are fundamental to any exemplar development. The masterplan this project. The masterplan develops the Green Town merely gives vague ideals and goals but adds little or nothing to the Green Vision further with the specific targets, spatial Town Vision. framework and an implementation plan but further work is still on-going.

99.1

4.9 The making of information available on a website pre-supposes that Copies of the executive summary of the masterplan Community engagement in the residents have computers and internet access. A high proportion of Whitehill were available at a number of locations and could be future should continue to ensure Bordon residents do not have this access. Accordingly there is little community taken away. Two consultation drop-in events were held that hard copies are made on Saturday 17th July from 9am-1pm and on available at local public venues. involvement. Wednesday 11th August from 1pm-9pm in the Forest Community Centre. Local newspapers and media widely publicised this.

99.1

4.14 200 responses out of an existing population of 16,000+! Many of these The consultation responses received in the previous responses probably came from people who had attended the “consultation” events and exercises are considered to be good events. compared to other similar projects nationally. But there 4.15 Again 354 attendees out of the existing population of 16,000+ (2%). is always a need to do more and increase participation 4.17 The masterplan still does not substantively address these concerns levels and engagement further. We note your support almost 2 years later! for the Green Town Vision. Your concerns on the level 4.22 Even 450 (if this is a correct estimate) is a very small proportion of the of development proposed is noted and will be existing population, approximately 2.8%! In any event there is little or nothing in addressed through the further studies and the Green Town Vision which could possibly be objectionable. It is the size and neighbourhood level consultation. This will help us to extent of the proposed development – 4,300 to 5,500 new homes – that gives establish levels of development appropriate for each rise to objection. 4.45 This does not appear correct. Of the 465 area after considering local views, completing further replies to the question “Do you support the masterplan” 233 (50%) said “No”, technical studies and viability. This masterplan 194 (42%) said “Yes” and 38 (8%) made no response. A majority against the represents a direction of travel and will not prevent the masterplan! Of those who answered “Yes” some appear confused, e.g. stating Council from modifying housing numbers, density or that they “dislike all of it” and that “it should be abandoned”, many raised serious uses within the masterplan as further evidence comes forward. concerns indicating support for the concept of an eco-town (Green Town Vision) rather than approval of the “final” masterplan and many indicated approval conditional upon transport impr

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4.30 BAAG had been active since March/April 2008 and in correspondence 4.30 Comment noted. 4.40 The current masterplan 4.30 Amend with EHDC and others since that date. It is perhaps indicative of the notice proposals have addressed a number of these concerns BAAG. taken of public opinion that the masterplaners were apparently not aware until but we agree that some remain outstanding and are 12 months later!! awaiting the completion of further studies. 4.40 The proposals to address these concerns remain outstanding!

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CHAPTER 6 :GREAT PLACE TO LIVE ID No Name 22.1 Selborne Parish Council

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Response

Action

Throughout the revised Masterplan the justification for the number of proposed The Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) is still a relevant Make the necessary new houses (up to 5300) is based upon the housing requirements of the policy document. We anticipate change and we will amendments once the South SOUTH EAST PLAN. Given that the consultation document was published in make alterations once that change has been clarified. East Plan status is clarified. Make note of any new planning June, this is really very odd because by June the South East Plan had been REVOKED. Its massive housing requirements for the region had gone. It cannot At the masterplan publication date the RSS still existed requirements demanded by (though we recognise that might change). Localism Bill. be used to justify housing allocations anywhere, not even Bordon Whitehill. Instead, the Government's requirement now is to build houses in response to LOCALLY IDENTIFIED NEED. So, if the MoD departs from Bordon Whitehill, the housing allocations on the land there will need to be justified according to local need and with regard to the principles of local democracy. One of which is in our Parish.

26.1 Annington Clause 6.8 demonstrates that there is some way to go in explaining to the Noted. EHDC does not seek to influence Annington Property delivery body, right through to the members of the public, that a simple residual Homes either to redevelop or to dispose of their Limited (APL) land value calculation will illustrate that whilst re-development of existing properties in their current state. However the Council is property can provide ‘an appropriate provision of supporting uses (including always willing to discuss proposals that may come local green space, employment and community facilities)’ the value of what is forward from private developers that would benefit the appropriate will be disappointing to the planning authority unless substantial and town. non-refundable subsidy is provided. APL’s individual properties have a significant value themselves. They are homes in reasonable repair and at an existing density that already meets central government guidelines. APL is willing to consider re-development of its houses, should the MoD release them from their underlease. However any re-development would need to recognise the intrinsic value of the existing homes and any community benefits (in the widest sense, including affordable housing provision) would need to reflect this.

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26.2 Annington Clause 6.11 recognises that APL may let or sell its properties on the open See comments above. Property market during the early years of the development delivery and that this will bring Limited (APL) hitherto unavailable stock to the open market. However if there is an expectation, or at least an aspiration, that APL properties will be re-developed then only by the granting of permission for a comprehensive re-development package can APL assess whether the commerciality of re-development is acceptable. Release of properties by the MoD is frequently piecemeal across estates and APL’s holding costs, IF it has sufficient encouragement to believe that re-development is an economically viable option, will necessarily be factored into any valuation calculation. Clause 6.56 makes comment that retrofitting of eco-technology and possible re-configurations of existing units may provide for improved eco-credentials, encompassing energy saving and greener life-styles. Again a note of caution that the grant availability and the grant amounts will need to cover all costs for home-owners, including APL to embrace the opportunity.

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2.4

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6.5 The masterplan provides for 4,000 houses which is significantly below the 6.5 This masterplan represents a direction of travel and Review monitoring targets and environmental capacity of 5,300 houses. Given the current uncertainty will not prevent the Council from modifying housing standards periodically to reflect surrounding the viability of the scheme, the masterplan should seek to increase numbers, density or uses within the masterplan as changes in the policy. housing numbers within the allocated residential areas rather than leaving 1,300 further evidence comes forward; financial viability being effectively as ‘windfall’ development which might (possibly) take place within the important evidence. 6.7 The higher aspiration targets are indicative of an existing built area of the town. 6.7 The amount of SANGs provided (127ha) significantly exceeds the threshold exemplar project. The targets will be monitored and the masterplan sets of 8ha per thousand population increase as demonstrated in table 8.1. 6.16 DE supports the target of 35% affordable housing which is consistent with these out in para 12.49 - 12.54 and Appendix A. These will be updated as the new policies are adopted and the PPS1 Supplement on Ecotowns. technology develops. We are working closely with MoD Quality standards 6.59 – 6.65 These paragraphs highlight the ambition of the masterplan to to ensure stretching ambitions and viability. increase targets beyond those set in the PPS on Ecotowns. Whilst DE appreciates the ambition of EHDC to create an exemplar development, and accepts that technology is expected to significantly improve over the life of the Ecotown, it will be necessary to keep these targets under review and test them against viability.

Instead of spending money on new eco housing why not incentives to existing Comments noted - thank you. homeowners to green up their houses with tax breaks etc. We need more retrofitting incentives has started. economic housing in EXISTING local communities so they survive and not have the existing population go to a Bordon ghetto breeding social discord.

A programme of

11.3

• Housing : ease of maintenance, assessments on new dwellings

Comments noted - thank you

14.0

• Main concern remains housing numbers. Concern that will breach the 5000. The total housing numbers are to be revisited and will Review total housing numbers Concern that net loss in green space. be the subject of further consultation and studies. and its impact through HRA, There is no target. Green Infrastructure Strategy.

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• The housing densities do not fit on the yellow area allocated for housing

16.0

• Shouldn’t be any executive homes on green belt land • It’s far too many houses – they will be too small • Good idea to modernise existing homes • What happens to the MoD land not included in the Eco-town

The proposed housing numbers are a result of a N/A detailed site by site calculation based on a number of assumptions of residential densities, open space and roads. They are indicative figures. If there are any obvious anomalies we would be pleased if they could be pointed out to us. Comments re: housing noted - thank you. The development will be restricted to a new settlement policy boundary for Whitehill Bordon. The land outside the settlement policy boundary but within the MoD's ownership will continue to operate for its current use. Any future changes will be assessed.

20.3

• Housing: Don’t think housing sites are big enough. Appendix A pg 219. • Page Comments noted. Location of allotments is a matter of Noted for the detailed design 109 – Image misleading not 25/ha Headley Down = 15/ha – Planning policy detail. stage. news • Heatherlands and Church Fields – affordable housing not on proposed bus route – likely high users. • Allotments – not well set out. Not mentioned in Green Roots

23.2

Number of housing – concern over total number

We plan to review total housing numbers and impact through the HRA, the Green Infrastructure Strategy, as well as considering more detail in the neighbourhood consultations.

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Look carefully at the architects impressions on page 10 showing a ‘green The illustrations included in the masterplan are based Future planning policies to street’. Will all the large amount of land available (300 hectares) they are on indicative layout and design. They are artists' consider how design standards showing 3 or 4 bedroomed houses looking into each other’s windows impressions. The detailed design of individual buildings to be met. approximately 30 metres apart. All roofs are flat which is non traditional in rural is outside the scope of the masterplan and will be Hampshire and quite the wrong construction for buildings that suffer from subject to normal planning processes. extremes of weather experienced in this country. The children playing football in the street – how long would the lawns, shrubs and trees last? There is no street lighting and the houses look like factory crates or 1950 pre fab houses. None of the houses have entrance porches and the bicycles are left out in the snow and rain.

30.3

• Housing – aspirational ways which will help to bring existing housing up to This is subject to the detail design guidelines and Noted for the detailed design outside the masterplan scope. stage. Design Code to be standard • Pick up design from local vernacular mixture of country/urban design features• included in the site specific Strong local design statement/guide studies.

41.1

• Need good quality new housing and executive housing to attract money to the Comment noted. town

55.0

Worried about high rise flats and not having gardens. Kids not growing up with The masterplan does not recommend high-rise, though Noted for the detailed design gardens is not good. it does recommend some areas of higher density, close stage. to the town centre and some flats and apartments. There will be adequate provision of green space and gardens.

56.3

I’m concerned about bringing the old housing up to scratch.

63.2

Unlikely to be quality housing - more likely to be more "social housing" bringing The masterplan proposed 35% affordable housing and more "tattoos, dogs and benefits" adding to the Dumbing-Down of Bordon. 65 % privately owned housing with a range of tenure types. It will result in a mixed community with a balanced range of socio-economic backgrounds.

There are number of Eco-fit loans available currently Publish retrofitting grants and and the project team will continue to apply for future completed projects case funding streams to aid the retrofitting projects. We are studies for wider dissemination. also looking at using S106 monies.

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• Neither do I see any indication of retirement homes. These will be necessary The masterplan in para. 2.8 identifies attractiveness of Site allocations plan and LDF to if the social balance is expected to be maintained. the area as a popular retirement location. This category consider the need and provision of use is included under the broad category of housing of retirement homes. and community facilties provision.

80.0

I realise that some affordable houses need to be built for the young people in The masterplan proposed 35% affordable housing with this area, and priority workers, such as Nurses, Police etc.but not a large ECO a range of tenure types. These are part of the wider TOWN, taking over our Greenfield sites and endangering our protected wildlife regeneration proposals and subjected to the statutory planning process. Any potential negative impacts on the and ecological sites biodiversity will be addressed and mitigated to satisfy planning policies.

88.3

6.3 The Passiv Haus standard previously stated has now clearly been dropped EHDC has obtained funding for Eco-fit Loans in in a favour of the lesser aspiration of retro-fitting " homes to improve their Whitehill Bordon. At this stage, the funding for Eco-fit performance". This states that " £9000,000 has been secured to start the loans is available through East Hampshire District process immediately , while the Executive Summary says " up to £500,000" . Council until 31st March 2011. The funding for eco-fit This is a large discrepancy. Which is right ? loans amounts to £370,000. In addition, £400,000 has 6.10 Housing numbers are the fundamental problem. The proposed scale of been allocated to provide free loft and cavity wall development will clearly place too much pressure on designated sites ringing insulation for existing homes in the Whitehill Bordon Ecothe town. Why is the buffering distance here only 400 metres, rather than 500 ? town policy zone as one of the ‘Early Wins’ project. The This was contested as inadequate by Natural England in 2009. 400 m b.uffer zone is supported by Natural England. It There is again mention of " a net gain in indigenous biodiversity" with no will be reviewed in further HRA work. Comments on explanation of how this will be achieved. "Protection and enhancement of biodiversity are dealt in the separate chapter of this existing greenspaces within the town" conflicts with the declared aim to build report. on them (5.7 above). Gaining biodiversity calls for new habits, to create a gain in species. How ?

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6.30. The 'Green roots, streets and views' are marketing terms at its worst. . Detailed design for residential characteristic and The green roots development proposed between the Bordon Trading Estate densities will be discussed at the future neighbourhood and BOSC, is sited to invite people to walk their dogs a few hundred metres level consultations and tested for the viability. down Gibbs Lane to Shortheath Common SAC, with no intervening SANG. Similarly Gibbs Lane provides an open invitation to rat-run across the track over the Common. How can the design possibly "manage and restrict " this traffic ? More wishful thinking. Rat-running takes place now.

88.3

6.47 The green views get the heavy through-traffic past their front doors and are Detailed design for residential characteristic and evidently blocks of flats. This kind of multi-storey development, bears little densities will be discussed at the future neighbourhood relation to the existing housing character of Bordon - except where the MoD level consultations and tested for the viability. The target have built such accommodation. Why seek to perpetuate this, when it is out of set in the masterplan is to achieve Code Level 6. There character with the town ? This is only necessary in order to fit in the apparently are no proposals for multi-storey development. The transport study will quantify the amount of traffic on overriding ambition for housing numbers. 6.64 This statement appears to be preparing the way for a downgrade in the these roads. building standards. Code level 6 may well slip.

91.1

Projected buildings would have to be very high density, which is out of character for this semi-rural town and would place even more stress on the over-stretched facilities. Developers will be reluctant to build high quality homes because of the lack of nearby facilities and the depressed housing market.

99.3

Fig 6.2 No area of Green Streets appears to be shown. Noted. Detailed design for residential characteristic and 6.30 Green Roots is only slightly less dense than the 4 storey blocks of Essex densities will be discussed at the future neighbourhood Close. level consultations and tested for viability. The 6.36 Green Streets more dense than Atholl Road masterplan identifies all development by colour code. 6.47 Green Views considerably more dense.

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Detailed design for residential characteristic and Proposals to consider densities will be discussed at the future neighbourhood existing character. level consultations and tested for viability. The densities are not "very high".

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1.4 Radian Housing Assoc

The master-plan makes reference to funding from Building Schools for the Correct. Since the publication of the masterplan this Update text re: BSF Future (BSF). Is this funding already in place? If not, it is likely that it will no funding stream has been withdrawn. Par 7.46 makes it longer be available so reference to this may need to change. clear that this funding would have been available to improve the school for the existing population. Extensions to the schools as a result of increased housing would be subject to developer contributions. It is anticipated that government funding of some sort will still be available to support the improvement of poor school buildings in the future for existing populations, though this may be delayed.

3.1 Royal Mail

Please confirm that current premises will be retained as indicated in figures 2.6, All existing buildings other than MoD owned property Discuss requirements of the 5.1 In future this use should be located in the heart of the town than edge of the would not be subject to any imperative to move or Royal Mail at the appropriate town. Relocation strategy or alternative sites provision should be made. relocate. However we will be happy to discuss with stage of the masterplan. individual owners their needs and ambitions for property within the settlement boundary.

4.2 Churt Parish Knock on effect on regional infrastructure-water, health. Para 7.68 states that We shall continue to work with the Health Authority to Recommendation: Health Council no acute facilities will be provided despite increase in population. discuss a strategy for improvement of health services Authority be invited to join the within the town. Once the MoD decision has been taken relevant sub-group. and a phasing plan for vacating sites has been announced it will be easier to give stakeholders such as these more detailed population projections. The masterplan allows for new doctors and dental surgeries within all new development areas. We understand from the Health Authority that there are no plans to vacate the Chase Community Hospital site, which is large and could accommodate more services.

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6.0 The Theatres We are pleased to note on page 131 that the Phoenix Theatre is to be retained Agreed Trust and that funds are being sought to upgrade the facilities. Theatres are very complex buildings technically and need substantial development if they are to keep pace with public expectations and the needs of performers and producers and we are keen to help theatre owners do more to improve and adapt their buildings and to attract new audiences. It is vital to help protect buildings of great cultural & community benefit which might otherwise be traded in for more commercially lucrative developments. The need for special protection for theatres was recognised by the Government when The Theatres Trust was set up by Act of Parliament in 1976 and recent reviews have confirmed this need. The physical characteristics of a theatre including a stage with grid & machinery above, storage, workshop facilities, bars & auditorium, are far more specific and involve greater risks than those of e.g. a cinema.

9.1 Headley Parish Council

With regard to the provision of the new, replacement secondary school and Comments noted. relating sporting facilities, we would support the Budds Lane site as being the more central to the new Whitehill Bordon community and having far better transport links. Headley Parish Council objected to the location of the new secondary school in Hollywater Road in its submission of December 2009, and we requested “that the existing playing fields east of Hollywater Road remain as playing fields and the built site of any leisure facilities be confined to the site of Mill Chase School as indicated on the Masterplan” – and not on land currently in use as Standford Grange Farm. With an ageing population throughout the country we are disturbed to find very little proposed care for the elderly other than care at home. Currently Headley has Farthings Field for elderly people but Whitehill Bordon has very few warden assisted places. Indeed, consideration should be given to enhancing the facilities at The Chase, not closing them.

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Recommendation: That the Whitehill Bordon team continue to work with the Education Authority and local schools to develop an education and training strategy for the town which will be presented to the relevant sub-group at the appropriate time. That all comments received from the masterplan consultation regarding the location of schools be passed to Hampshire County Council, who will undertake that work.


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The response also set out our concern that the masterplan appeared to EHDC is currently undertaking an update of its Sports RECOMMENDATION: That the propose development on a number of areas of existing playing field land. The and Recreation Strategy and as part of that all sports provision of sports pitches within latest version of the masterplan does not seem to highlight this potential loss or facilities within the town are being assessed. The sports the masterplan be reviewed as indicate that any such loss will have to be justified in the context of PPG17 pitches mentioned here are either within MoD land or a result of the outcome of the (paragraph 15), which closely adheres to our own playing fields policy. It is our within schools ownership. These cannot be included updated Sports and Recreation understanding that the masterplan proposes the loss of the following playing within the town's supply under PPG17. If the schools Strategy. field land: were to be relocated then the loss of playing fields Two areas to the south of Budds Lane (points 14 and 17 in Figure 2.8 on would have to be submitted to the Secretary of State for page 56); Part of the existing Daly Sports Ground to either facilities for the Education and would have to be re-provided in the new new Secondary School or Sports Hub (point 16 in Figure 2.8 on page 56); school grounds. The current masterplan outlines new Part of the playing field land associated with the existing Mill Chase Community pitches in order to comply with current EHDC planning School and Leisure Centre to facilities for the new Secondary School or Sports policy and PPG17 and further recommendations may Hub and residential development (point 31 in Figure 2.8 on page 56); come forward as a result of the new study. Confusion whether BOSC will be retained as a facility or redeveloped for housing. (Further detailed comments.) 7.46 The paragraph makes reference to the Building Schools for the Future Noted. (BSF) programme. This section will need to be updated to reflect the new government's scrapping of the scheme. The County Council’s statement regarding BSF can be found here http://www3.hants.gov.uk/education/schools/bsf.htm

Amend 7.46 to reflect the recent changes to the school funding and BSF programme.

1.0 Sports and • Page 24 Para 1.14 – Revised Planning guidance now only includes land that Comments noted - thank you. Community sports facility Noted. Include corrections in the Active Leisure was occupied by a permanent structure and includes defence land, therefore needs for Whitehill Bordon will be subject to further corrigenda and include in the PAG this would apply to Budds Lane playing fields. This PAG would prefer the Budds work. EHDC will review the findings and next revision. Lane site for the sports hub recommendations of the report. • Page 63 Para 2.81 - last bullet point - Whitehill Town Council owns the playing field off Mill Chase Road, not EHDC • Page 117 Para 7.5 – This PAG supports the view that current shortfalls in provision will be addressed • Page 129 Para 7.56 – The text includes the potential to include the recreation ground, but this is not included in the master plans diagrams or plans

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1.0 Sports and • Page 135 Para 7.88 – Concern is expressed that there is not a commitment Same as above Active Leisure from schools to arrange or fund community use, particularly primary schools as PAG they remain predominantly unused during evenings and weekends. Funding should be sought for this use of school facilities • Page 135 Para 7.89 – There is a need to ensure these existing facilities are fit for purpose and they require some investment to bring them up to date • Page 135 There is no mention of possible co-location of facilities and this should be articulated in this master plan • Page 136 Para 7.99 – The Whitehill Club should be considered for investment • Page 174 – The plan shows a cycle link through the deadwater valley and bye laws prevent this

4.1 5.4

Low cost hotel is required to cater for tourism Noted. Temporary exhibition on Green by Community Centre. Sports and leisure Comments noted. The proposed temporary use facilities a priority to keep kids engaged suggestions is welcome. The Playing Pitch Assessment for Whitehill Bordon is currently being carried out and its findings will be reflected in the masterplan.

7.2

Like the new allotments and hope there will be enough. Will the houses have Comments are welcome. The new housing will need to gardens, will there be enough play areas and how will they be protected against provide for private and communal amenity space in accordance with the planning policy requirements. vandalism? These would include play areas for all age groups. The will be developed with 'secure by design' principles, natural surveillance and a robust maintenance programme.

9.2

Any expansion of Mill Chase site for either school or sports hub will not work Comments noted. The masterplan proposals include Include Mill Chase site in the unless transport issues are resolved two bus routes linking the site to the transport hubs. short-term and long-term public transport improvements and studies.

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Details on free broadband – to be informed by email/post on progress Whitehill Club – can it be incorporated in the masterplan

Suggestion welcome. Whitehill Club is included within Include the information updates the masterplan and the current proposals for its reuse on the free broadband project for leisure or tourism. through local press and the project website.

13.1

Can we ensure adequate leisure provision and safeguard green space

This will be covered in the further evidence base studies.

16.1

• More facilities needed for the youngsters. • The town centre is a good idea. • It Comments noted - thank you is important to get leisure facilities in Viking Park

20.4

• Community facilities – Doctors and Dentists. Suggest enlarging Chase This will be covered in the further evidence base Community Hospital and widening services studies. • Community Care usefully used – e.g. Hospitals – key aspect. • Like the general idea, green corridor, schools, sixth form

21.0

Discuss Martinique The masterplan is committed to provide the essential Noted. • Very concerned of what may happen to Community Hospital • ‘Police’ very concerned what will happen to policing when the town grows by community and social infrastructure. The health, Barracks facility with the MoD education and police authorities are part of the statutory for its potential inclusion in the 4000 houses. Will police station remain as a 9-5 facility • Concerned that the Forest Centre shopping area will become even more of a service requirements and would be provided as masterplan and allow for over long term necessary with the future growth. Martinique Barracks flexibility waste land • Land behind Martinique Barracks is currently used by Territorial Army for are currently outside the masterplan proposal but will be aspirations of the site. considered for a co-ordinated development if found training. Will it still be used by TA if army move out? surplus to the MoD requirements in the future. • What provision is being made for Senior Citizens housing and facilities?

22.3

Like idea of town square with markets, restaurants and better sports and Comments noted. leisure facilities • Must be safe for youngsters in future Comments noted. • We need better leisure facilities (cinemas) • Good quality theatre

29.0

30.1

• Equestrian – routes/facility – USP • Rebranded – sports/recreation

Comments noted.

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Our kids go to Basingstoke to go to the cinema. Comments noted. Would 2 schools be better than 1? 0-9 secondary school – older could teach younger.

Comments to be considered for the Social and Community Infrastructure studies. HCC is the education authority and will be consulting further regarding new education provision within the town.

39.0

Chase Hospital – more houses and employment should mean more facilities at Comments noted - thank you. The provision of the hospital. There should be a minor A&E and more hospital facilities. There existing facilties and improvements and extensions to should be better public transport to the big hospitals but more environmentally these will continue to be evaluated. We continue to work closely with other public bodies like police and friendly to treat as many as possible. • Better facilities would reduce the need to travel, e.g cinema. would the Forest health service. Centre stay? We like the Forest Centre, chemist, hardware, optician, green grocer, cobblers which is not just food and the only bank?It’s really important to provide things for the kids right away. Finding people to run these things is important. • The MoD has lots of facilities that could be used in the short term at least. • In the old days there were many more clubs. • It needs the café culture – it’s about social mixing. • It looks like things are on the up. We’re all for improving the town. All these plans are good if the traffic must be sorted out, without negative impact. Great opportunity to start over again with a blank canvass.

Comments to be considered for the Social and Community Infrastructure studies and other Evidence Base Studies.

41.3

• Leisure facilities for youngsters e.g. ice rink/bowling alley

43.0

• Chase Hospital must stay, Leisure facilities must be adequate – good The masterplan proposals include retention of number swimming pool, Phoenix Theatre must stay, Preservation and utilisation of of existing Edwardian buildings. The decision will be Edwardian building important made after the detailed assessment. There are no proposals to change the use of the Phoenix Theatre and Chase Hospital.

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New health facilities must come at the same time.

Providing sufficient health and education facilities are Continue to update and inform statutory duties. These facilities will be planned to other public authorities so that accommodate future growth. they may contribute to the planning process

50.2

• Broadband should be free to Lindford, Security of the public spaces

Lindford is included within the Eco-town Planning Policy Zone and part of the masterplan. It will benefit with the community projects.

56.0

For us the Forest Centre should be kept – I live within walking distance. For me Para. 7.36 of the masterplan states "…it is likely that the priority is activities for my daughter e.g. cinema and clubs.I’d welcome more the Forest Centre will continue to provide local retail and activities. We would like a cinema and horse riding or farm (animals). I’d like to community facilities to meet the needs of the immediate be able to use a bus. Internet café, sweet shops. I’d like to be able to be population as part of a mixed use development". All around horses. I’d like more creative activities like painting pottery.I’d like a play other comments, suggestions are welcome. area and a lake. A dinosaur – natural history area. I work in Farnham so all my social life revolves around Farnham. I’d like to be able to live and work in Bordon.

63.1

There is insufficient infrastructure planned e.g. schools, health services, social, The social and community infrastructure provision in the Comments to be considered for sporting, entertainment, community centres masterplan is adequate as proposed but requires the Social and Community further refining and will need to be reviewed once the Infrastructure studies. existing facilties are reviewed and proposed phasing is clear.

70.4

My personal preference for school sites would be to keep them away from the The masterplan proposes indicative options which are Decisions on the location of town centre if only because they can be noisy hubs and a nuisance to other subject to further review and detailed considerations. future educational activities which may take place there. The comments on noise are noted. establishments will be taken by HCC with reference to the results of further consultation.

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73.2

How can ANY town be improved by being virtually split in half? New town centre A325 is the existing road and the proposals will enhance Retail provision and location to location not supported it to integrate uses on either sides. The masterplan be considered in more detail in does not split the town in two and there are future masterplanning work development sites on either side of the A325. e.g. Quebec Barracks, High Street, Chalet Hill. The new town centre will support High Street-Chalet Hill retail and will serve much wider population than the existing Forest Centre. The proposals show how the existing severance of the A325 can be reduced.

77.0

The children and youth wander the streets and cause trouble because there is nothing for them. Why not build a leisure complex and cinema instead of more trading estates. what is eco about bringing 4000 houses into Bordon and putting a possible 8000cars on our surrounding roads.

78.1

We would need essential services to be in place, hospitals, doctors surgeries, The masterplan is a framework for the comprehensive sewage systems public transport and neighbourhood policing. social outlet for development which will include all the supporting younger people. infrastructure. It will ensure that adequate social and community facilities are provided in the future.

84.0

Could we perhaps put something in place for the people already living in the The Phase I as proposed in the masterplan includes the Bordon and Whitehill before adding to the chaos, then perhaps people maybe sites within the existing town. There are a number of more willing to look at extra development. other community projects, housing retrofitting grants and transport improvements underway as part of the Eco-town initiative which will benefit existing residents. Further information is available on the project website.

87.2

I should like to see the town square placed upon the end-of-use Woolmer Suggestion noted for the future detailed design stage. Trading Estate which in turn should be reconstructed with modern units on Viking Park. The square should stretch right across from Tescos with the road and car parks underneath it.

The masterplan proposes a number of new locations Consider leisure for leisure. Provision of commercial facilities like more detail. cinema complexes is related to population and access. We do not anticipate that the future population would be large enough to support a cinema complex, though a smaller provision might be sustainable.

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7.4 In view of the uncertainties about the town's population (4. above) the 7.4 The population figures used in the masterplan are figures in table 7.1 surely need to be revised. The baseline in 2001 was already explained in Appendix B. nearer 16282 including Lindford, now part of the eco-town area. The paragraph 7.7 The total population projection assuming 5300 new refers to Appendix A for details of population methodology. In fact this should be dwellings is correct. (12,365 + 12,475 excluding Appendix B, where again the figures ignore Lindford and it says "in the absence Lindford) on any housing growth the numbers would decline." This suggests no housing 7.12 The percentages refer to the proportion of growth since the 2001 census. This is incorrect. At 12,365 the figure projected respondees. for 2031 is considerably less than the current figure - 16218 which itself is doubtless out of date. 7.7 This paragraph suggests that even with a maximum 5300 homes built, the population in 2003 will be 24840, which is only 8622 more than the current population figures above. This cannot be right. These figures are crucial since so much depends on them. The attrition due to footfall, the SANGS requirement, the traffic, power and water consumption all depend on this being correct. 7.12 The "community preferences of nearly half the community (46%) was indicated for a site linking" the MoD site to Chalet Hill shops. This is entirely incorrect. 46% of those responding may have expressed this view, meaning some seventy people in a town of over 16,000.

7.20 The "new through street running to the west of the town centre will provide 7.20 The proposed road and adjoining residential uses Concerns will be noted for the access for commercial vehicles and servicing. " As mentioned above this would be carefully designed. As proposed, it allows detailed transport design and street runs right through the new Green views residential areas, creating an sufficient space for trees, public transport and wide site specific developments immediate second class citizen habitat. Rather than solving a traffic problem pavements. The details are available in the Transport involving the existing buildings of this simply moves it westward. Strategy (Alan Baxter) and page 173 of the masterplan. architectural or historic merit. 7.25 Suggesting that the new buildings of 3-4 storeys would "complement" the 7.25 This is a matter of detail. The retention of some of existing MoD buildings is a lame excuse for over-development. It would be truer the existing buildings has been supported by the key to say that they would compete with the older buildings, reducing considerably stakeholders. There are robust design guidance in their architectural presence and historic importance. place for the new designs to be sympathetic to the historic context.

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88.4

7.38. 'The Community Spine' is an entirely theoretical concept, hardly 7.38 The Community Spine could strengthen the perceivable on the ground since the spine is broken by Alexandra Park and existing facilities with new facilties provided along the same route. Chalet Hill. 7.54 This seems to be an argument for building houses on playing fields, rather 7.54 The details are not fixed and are subject to change, but the argument is for well coordinated uses than a school. 7.66 Advocating the health benefits of eating locally grown produce, while which complement each other. planning to take Standford Grange Farm out of production, is a paradoxical 7.66 The masterplan proposes allotments and using of local suppliers. Please refer to Para 8.46 and 8.57 for idea. 7.84 This is a bizarre and indefensible explanation for excluding MoD recreation further details. sites from the figures. These are apparently " not considered to be sufficiently 7.84 Sports Facilities Study is currently being carried available". None of the MoD land is currently sufficiently available. It hasn't out and its findings will inform the masterplan. The stopped plans to build homes on these sites. The recorded 'under supply' of method of calculating sports land is established by sports grounds is no doubt due to it not being counted, for the reasons stated, government policy in PPG17. 7.91 There is no 'social engineering' agenda here, the See 7.54. 7.91 It is utterly absurd to assert that "an eco-town is a more healthy town statement is based on the previous studies encourage because people will be encouraged to take part in exercise.. " This is an active lifestyle. presumably part of the social engineering agenda to change people's lifestyles. 7.96 See 5.5 and 7.66 above

94.1

In the artist’s impression of three and four storey buildings set against the Artists' impressions are for illustrative purposes only. Consider a design code and historic military buildings makes them look like the failed buildings of the 1960s Detailed design proposals for individual buildings will be other design guidelines to steer and 70s. The Forest Centre could become a ghost town and an area of considered by the planning process. The Forest Centre development. An Education and deprivation if the majority of current retailers relocate to the new town centre. A will continue to operate as a local convenience location. Health Study should be new secondary school of between 1800 and 2000 pupils is unacceptable. With See 7.36 of the masterplan. Proposals for the new prepared to identify the needs a near doubling of the population Chase Hospital will be unable to cope in its secondary school and health facilities are also indicative for such provision for the present form with no details on improvements. at this stage. proposed development and its impact on the existing facilties.

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WHITEHILL BORDON DRAFT FRAMEWORK MASTERPLAN (JUNE 10) : CONSULTATION COMMENTS AND

CHAPTER 8: GREEN SPACE ID No Name

Summary Comments

Response

5.1

South Downs The Authority welcomes and supports the proposed provision of structural and Comments noted - thank you National Park substantial green infrastructure as part of the overall masterplan as both an Authority important facility for the town and to absorb recreational pressure that might otherwise damage the biodiversity interest of the European designated sites around the town, some of which lie within the National Park. It also welcomes and supports the proposed 400m buffer zones between proposed residential development and European designated sites for the same reason. The Authority recognises that, nevertheless, residents will want to visit and enjoy the recreational opportunities of the National Park, and the Authority is willing to work with the Town and District Councils and other relevant partners to promote sustainable and appropriate access to the Park e.g. to Alice Holt Forest. The masterplan should provide for appropriate investment in visitor access for the National Park to effectively manage and mitigate visitor pressure.

9.3

Headley Parish Council

Eveley Wood, a SINC and ancient woodland, must not be separated from The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is Standford Grange Farm and used for dog walking. Standford Grange Farm needed to set out the nature, design and function of the and Eveley Woods were bought by Hampshire County Council some years ago existing and proposed green spaces to support and in anticipation of the then planning proposal to create a large new town of some protect the European sites. The prospect of retaining 40,000 houses around Bordon, and form part of an HCC farm holding which is the farm within the Eco-town will be further considered. often used as a stepping stone for new entrants into farming who go onto purchasing their own farm or privately renting farms. This form of support for local food production in any ‘exemplar’ eco-project should take precedence over dog walking and the right to roam. The loss of agricultural land providing locally produced food seems contra to the principles of an Eco-Town.We repeat our December 2009 objection to the designation of the working Standford Grange Farm as “a country park and its ceasing to be agricultural land”. Members had no objection to the creation of some public footpaths through this land – possibly as indicated on Map 8.1, provided (a) that they were enclosed by hedgerows, and (b) followed the existing field boundaries, or the boundary of Eveley Wood.

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Action

Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy. We will work with key stakeholders and landowners to support European site management planning.


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CHAPTER 8: GREEN SPACE ID No Name 11.0 The Hollywater Society

Summary Comments

Response

The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is In the Birds Directive 79/409/EEC on the conservation of wild birds under 3.3 Habitat protection (Articles 3 and 4) Article 3 of the Direction instructs Member needed to set out the nature, design and function of the existing and proposed green spaces to support and States to "take the requisite measures to preserve, maintain or re-establish a sufficient diversity and area of habitats for all the species of birds referred to in protect the European sites. Article 1". The first sentence of Article 4 expresses that "the species mentioned in Annex 1 shall be the subject of special conservation measures concerning their habitat in order to ensure their survival and reproduction in their areas of distribution "Paragraph 4 of Article 4 contains the obligation that Member States shall take necessary measures in order to avoid both polluting or deteriating habitats and disturbing birds in any way.After a case in the European Court it says "Articles 3 and 4 of the Directive oblige Member States to preserve, sustain and restore habitats based on their ecological value. Furthermore Paragraph 9 of the Directive makes it clear that preserving, sustaining and restoring adequate biodiversity, habitat diversity appropriate in size are essential in the event of all species of birds protection. MEMBER STATES ARE OBLIGED TO APPLY REGULATIONS OF ARTICLE 3 AND 4 EVEN BEFORE THE RISK OF DECREASING NUMBERS OR EXTINCTION OF PROTECTED SPECIES WOULD ARISE.

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Action Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy. We will work with key stakeholders and landowners to support European site management planning.


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Action

11.0 The Hollywater Society

Your draft Masterplan ignores the fact that many of the unprotected areas The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is around Bordon Whitehill are the feeding grounds of Nightjars, and that there are needed to set out the nature, design and function of the Woodlarks actually nesting on Standford Grange Farm. (which in any case is existing and proposed green spaces to support and more than 2km from the proposed new town centre).To say nothing of the fact protect the European sites. We take information that all research shows that the larger the population around these sites the regarding nesting and feeding locations from bona-fide population numbers of these protected species of birds start to fall.The studies and sources. These are regularly updated. suggested mitigation relies on the provision of SANGS, but there is no proof See elsewhere for comments re: site areas. that these work, and in any case they would have to provide a similar experience to the SPA land to attract people away from the sensitive sites.The Masterplan ignores the fact that there are only 80 hectares of brownfield site available. In fact it would appear that even local councillors were told that the MOD land was all brownfield, which is obviously untrue. The document is in conflict with PPS 17 over the playing fields in Budds Lane. (and the recent Coalition Governments statement about playing fields).

Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy. We will work with key stakeholders and landowners to support European site management planning.

15.2 Worldham Parish Council

Despite the creation of green spaces/SANGS and proposed mitigation The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is measures, the impact of a 15,000 population increase is bound to have a needed to set out the nature, design and function of the detrimental effect on adjacent protected sites. A significant omission in the existing and proposed green spaces to support and Masterplan is the lack of an acknowledgement of the need to avoid sterilisation protect the European sites. of the mineral resources by development. Hampshire is struggling to identify suitable sites for mineral extraction in its Minerals Plan, currently under development, due to the large areas of the county which fall within National Parks or other protected sites. Some 41 million tonnes of workable sand deposits have been identified in the Bordon/Whitehill Opportunity area and it is government, county and district council policy not to sterilise minerals deposits by development. Yet these deposits are being ignored while HCC, within their current draft M&W Plan, are designating a site within the South Downs National Park, under two miles away, for large scale extraction of similar sand to that available from areas earmarked for development in Whitehill/Bordon.

Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy. We will work with key stakeholders and landowners to support European site management planning.

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CHAPTER 8: GREEN SPACE ID No Name 16.2 Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Summary Comments

Response

Action

3.1 Section 8.62 contradicts itself. It discusses new natural green spaces of The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is Bordon Inclosure and Hogmoor Inclosure as forming part of the major needed to set out the nature, design and function of the components of the SANGS network, and then further in this paragraph, it states existing and proposed green spaces to support and that Bordon Inclosure and Hogmoor Inclosure contain wildlife corridors which protect the European sites. The wildlife corridor has have been excluded from the SANGS calculations due to the potential for these been excluded from the area calculations. areas to have more restricted access. 3.2 We therefore ask for clarification on this. What exactly has been excluded from the calculation? Is it the whole of the Bordon and Hogmoor inclosures or just the wildlife corridor? 3.3 Table 8.1 gives a figure of 113ha of public natural and informal green space this would suggest that you have included Bordon and Hogmoor inclosures into the calculations. 3.4 The Trust is opposed to Bordon and Hogmoor inclosures being included as SANGS. In the previous masterplan consultation we raised these concerns in our letter dated 22/12/2009 As you are aware, SINCs have been designated for their own biodiversity interest, and contain species which are rare within a local context.

Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy. We will work with key stakeholders and landowners to support European site management planning. Ensure basis of calculations clearer in future work.

3.5 The Trust believes that the impacts of any additional visitor pressures on same as above these sites have not been fully taken into account, and that further assessments are required. Although the sites proposed as SANGS were included in the visitor access study, this identified a total of only 40 visitors (Visitor Access Patterns Table 3.3.3). We believe that this would seriously underestimate the number of visitors that would use these sites should they become SANGS. We would therefore wish to see further visitor surveys and some prediction of likely visitor numbers should the development proceed. 3.6 It concerns the Trust that the Masterplan identifies these sites to have the potential to include a range of seminatural habitats including grassland heathland and woodland that will attract people. 3.7 The proposals for Stanford Grange are welcome but the Trust would ask how this site is to be used. Could you please clarify the position of Stanford Grange being used as a SANGs.

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Summary Comments

Response

18.1 Forestry 8.2 This para talks about how green space is “created, enhanced and The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is Commission protected” . It should talk about how green space is created and then managed needed to set out the nature, design and function of the in a sustainable way. Few if any of the habitats in the area are “natural” with existing and proposed green spaces to support and most being the direct result of intervention by man. If they are to continue protect the European sites. Effective management and delivering a range of benefits then most habitats require management and yet maintenace of green space is vital to ensure new and existing green spaces within the Eco-town can be used this principle is not promoted in the plan. 8.3 An additional role of GI is to provide sustainable transport links. Green over the longer term. Infrastructure objectives for Whitehill / Bordon This whole section is biased toward GI being primarily about habitat, landscape and biodiversity. This is a very narrow interpretation of GI. There are 9 objectives under this heading. However, an additional objective of GI should be to provide sustainable transport links. This is not explicitly mentioned. An important objective in the provision of GI should be that where it is possible it is designed so that it can provide food, fibre and fuel (wood fuel) through active and sustainable management. This will reduce the financial burden on future residents and contribute to climate change resilience.

19.2 Kingsley Parish Council

The Masterplan overall vision (para XV) acknowledges that ‘an important Comments noted - thank you. consideration has been the protection of nearby Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation ....’. This emphasis is welcomed and we would wish to stress that it is a key priority for Kingsley that all possible steps are taken to protect our local environment, particularly Shortheath Common and Kingsley Common which are within our parish.

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Action Build management and maintenance considerations into the Green Infrastructure Strategy as well as all other aspects mentioned.


WHITEHILL BORDON DRAFT FRAMEWORK MASTERPLAN (JUNE 10) : CONSULTATION COMMENTS AND

CHAPTER 8: GREEN SPACE ID No Name 4.2

EHDC Planning Policy Team

Summary Comments

Response

The HRA examined the effect of 5,300 houses in relation to the potential impact Agree. on the SPA. The figure was provided by the masterplanners to the consultants undertaking the HRA following their work to examine the density of housing that could potentially be provided on various areas suitable for housing. The figure was not determined by the HRA work as an upper limit of housing development. In addition, the HRA work has yet to be completed as further consideration still needs to be given to matters such as air quality. A housing figure representing an upper limit to development that is compatible with protection of the SPA will therefore depend on further testing. In addition, this is not the finalisation of the package of avoidance and mitigation measures. Any final Appropriate Assessment will need to take account of the results from the air quality work and accompanying mitigation and avoidance strategy. The air quality work will not be available for assessment until later this year.

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Action Air quality work will be carried out on the completion of the Transport Study.


WHITEHILL BORDON DRAFT FRAMEWORK MASTERPLAN (JUNE 10) : CONSULTATION COMMENTS AND

CHAPTER 8: GREEN SPACE ID No Name 3.0

Summary Comments

Environment Viking Park/ Hogmoor Inclosure and Biodiversity Wish to keep the frontage of trees along Petersfield Road alongside Viking PAG Park Because of the SINC on Viking Park, the wet heathland should be retained for ecological reasons The land between Viking Park and Whitehill Village Hall should be retained for wildlife Should not have housing next to a local nature reserve due to degradation etc There is a conflict between the illustrative map on P2 and the map on P 11 re the Viking Park site and tree line Leisure and employment provision should not encroach onto Hogmoor Inclosure which extends beyond Viking Park Allotments/public transport hub/play area/station/high speed bus link and housing should not encroach onto this area Change of definition of brownfield land could affect the use of this land and is contrary to a SINC The station site threatens the integrity of the SINC and should be relocated to the urban area There needs to be a buffer zone between houses and the Hogmoor Inclosure Would like to question the protection of the old railway route There is a danger of fire risk due to heathland

Response

Action

The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is needed to set out the n.ature, design and function of the existing and proposed green spaces to support and protect the European sites

Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy. We will wor.k with key stakeholders and landowners to support sustainable management of existing SINCs. A more detailed feasibility study is being undertaken for Viking Park

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WHITEHILL BORDON DRAFT FRAMEWORK MASTERPLAN (JUNE 10) : CONSULTATION COMMENTS AND

CHAPTER 8: GREEN SPACE ID No Name 3.1

Summary Comments

Bordon Oakhanger Sports Club Environment and Biodiversity • Existing landscape structure/character around BOSC should be retained PAG • Increased population around BOSC will affect Shortheath Common SAC, the Slab and the Warren • No housing in the immediate land surrounding BOSC

Response

Action

Comments and suggestions noted - thank you. The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is needed to set out the nature, design and function of the existing and proposed green spaces to support and protect the European sites.

Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy. We will work with key stakeholders and landowners to support European Site management planning.

There is as yet no detailed plan for location of allotments. Future use of Standford Grange will be the subject of further work.

Budds Lane o Retain playing fields for environmental reasons Louisburg Barracks Employees next to this area is dangerous as it is a fire risk and therefore a fence should be provided to prevent this Question whether this is a suitable place for a CHP as we are at the maximum level of pollution, although it is recognized that a Biomass boiler is not so bad Is there an adequate sustainable source for the Biomass boiler Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service recognize the potential for fire damage to the SPA that this development may create The Household Waste and Recycling Centre should not be relocated here due to the affect on the SPA Bordon Inclosure Allotments should not be provided here due to presence of beech and hornbeam Standford Grange Should be retained as a Community Farm and allotments and retain a green gap No engineering works should take place here

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CHAPTER 8: GREEN SPACE ID No Name 5.5

HCC

Summary Comments

Response

Action

Para 8.62 It still remains uncertain whether the sites proposed as SANGS land The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is Take forward SANG work have the capability to support the increased population sufficiently to reduce needed to set out the nature, design and function of the through the HRA and Green pressures on the European sites. There is currently no information about their existing and proposed green spaces. Infrastructure Strategy. current use, their carrying capacity or the robustness of the sites to take increased visitor levels without detriment to their habitats. Further research and surveys are essential and may identify a need to look for additional SANGS land outside that already being promoted. Further comments on 8.69, 8.70, 8.39.

21.0 The Royal We do not consider that the current detail contained within the Masterplan will We note the concerns and will address them through There are number of further studies proposed and expected Society for be sufficient to satisfy the tests of soundness as set out under PPS12. We hope further studies and revisions to the masterplan. to be completed in accordance the Protection that this letter demonstrates the serious nature of our concerns regarding the of Birds Eco-town proposals, particularly in respect of the protection of the sites and with the PPS 12. (RSPB) species of European importance in the surrounding area.

16.0 Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

The Trust has serious concerns over the current version of the draft masterplan Noted. There is a need to produce a Green The masterplan will be revised and believe that the current aspirations cannot be achieved without adverse Infrastructure Strategy to compliment East Hampshire in light of these comments and impacts to the adjacent European designated sites and cause harm to the District Council's Green Infrastructure Strategy and the future evidence base existing local wildlife sites. As such we believe that the masterplan in its current capture related work with stakeholders beyond the studies. format does not meet the legal requirements of the Conservation of Habitats Whitehill Bordon Eco-town Policy Zone. Locally, this will and Species Regulations 2010. It is disappointing and concerning that our build on the exsiting work of Wildlife of Whitehill, the comments on the previous consultation of the Masterplan have not been taken Local Biodiversity Action Plan. It will examine the on board and have to be repeated in this response also the details of our function and design of the proposed and exsiting green response are given in appendix one of this letter. We believe that formal spaces, to support high quality spaces for people and acceptance of the draft Masterplan as a Planning Document is premature at wildlife. The current Appropriate Assessment will be reviewed against the detailed outcome received from this stage and would be legally unsound and as such should not be adopted . further studies. This will include further work on air quality, visitor activity and impact on the integrity of the European designated sites.

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CHAPTER 8: GREEN SPACE ID No Name

Summary Comments

Response

Action

Natural England

While issues connected to the protection of European sites remain our main Further work is needed on the proposed SANG outlined concern, we would like to make the following additional comments on the draft in the draft masterplan. Local food production is a key Masterplan; aspiration of the Eco-town. 1. Wildlife corridors are promoted and mapped within the draft. It is implied that access may be restricted within these areas (eg Para 8.47). It is Natural England’s view that formal access restrictions may not be necessary within these areas and that the corridors will generally be ‘multi-functional’ in nature. The best way forward may be to ensure that all areas identified as SANG are attractive and ‘porous’ to wildlife. Natural England recommends that before detailed plans for these proposed corridors are finalised, some work is undertaken to establish exactly which species, if any, these corridors are primarily aimed at and therefore what features (eg in terms of corridor continuity, acceptable level of disturbance, width and habitat management) will be required to ensure they function properly. 2. At Paragraph 8.7 it would be more accurate to state that national planning policy (PPS 9) requires that habitats are protected and enhanced (ie not protected and enlarged)

Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy and Biodiversity Action Plan . Involve Natural England throughout the studies to address all the concerns.

Natural England

3. It should be made clear at Paragraph 8.62 that SANGS would normally be same as above expected to be established and fully functioning in advance of the first occupancy of new development. This is necessary to ensure that new residents would be attracted to these alternative green spaces immediately rather than visiting European sites. 4. In the final bullet point at Para 8.69 we would like to see the critical role of wardens/rangers highlighted. Research has shown that sensitive wardening can often be the most effective way to assist with behavioural change and improve people’s understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of the natural environment. Natural England thanks you again for inviting comment on the draft Masterplan at this stage. We hope you find our comments useful and we look forward to working with you as the plans develop.

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CHAPTER 8: GREEN SPACE ID No Name

Summary Comments

Response

Action

2.1

South Downs Park will be negatively affected by more population. Why do we Whitehill Bordon isn't in the National Park. Green space The Whitehill Bordon Green need 125 hectares of green space in the middle of a national park? is needed at all scales to serve a variety of functions for Infrastructure Strategy will people and wildlife. examine the nature and function of existing and proposed greenspaces to support people and wildlife.

5.0

Green areas important – encroaching into Hogmoor Inclosure a concern.

Further work is needed on the proposed SANG outlined Take forward SANG work in the draft masterplan. through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy.

6.2

Where the changes are – Hogmoor.

Further work is needed on the proposed SANG outlined Take forward SANG work in the draft masterplan. through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy.

8.0

• I’m a member of eco-dfec/ Landscape Architect. We live in Headley but shop The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is here needed to set out the nature, design and function of the • Concerned and interested with integration of green space, leisure and existing and proposed green spaces to support and protect the SPAs. protection of habitats • Protection of SPAs – draw on local experts • Prepare hazard maps to protect green space and strong policies in plan process

Green Infrastructure Strategy and HRA work will address this issue. The key stakeholders will be included throughout this process.

9.1

• Standford Grange should remain a farm – would like to see detail on what is Comments noted - thank you proposed for Standford Grange SANG.

Consider option for Standford Grange to remain as farmland in Green Infrastructure Strategy.

• Don’t want to see any development within the SINC by the Hogmoor Inclosure. • When will the transport survey be published and the HRA final report? • Concerned about air pollution with the additional development. • Concerned for the environment around Bordon

Consider development within and around Hogmoor again as part of next phase of masterplanning.

15.3

Comments re: Hogmoor noted - thank you. Transport surveys will be published on completion, expected spring 2011. Air quality is being closely monitored and modelled as part of the current transport studies both in and around the town. This will forecast the level of change and how it can be managed and this data will be fed into the latest HRA work.

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CHAPTER 8: GREEN SPACE ID No Name

Summary Comments

Response

Action

17.0

Standford Grange Farm should include a pets cornerwith red squirrels, old Further work is needed on the proposed SANG outlined hants sheep, water voles, pigs, butterflies and amphibians surrounded by their in the draft masterplan. This level of detail will be appropriate environment. Bordon could become an interesting tourist town. consdiered further down the line. Your suggestions noted - thank you.

Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy. Consider option for Standford Grange to remain as farmland in Green Infrastructure Strategy.

22.2

Green space – would like this safeguarded as proposed, would like to see cycle Improving travel choice is very important. Green ways. corridors outlined in the masterplan will be incorporated into green networks. The Green Infrastructure Strategy will examine the options.

Ensure that provisions for maintaining green space and cycleways are written into further masterplan work and green infrastructure strategy.

30.4

• Retain ‘green corridors’ and build on position between Alice Holt and South Green corridors outlined in the masterplan will be Downs incorporated into green networks. The Green Infrastructure Strategy will examine the options for linkages as suggested.

Ensure this is built into the Green Infrastructure Strategy.

31.1

Likes green routes and green chains which could provide well for wildlife.

Green corridors outlined in the masterplan will be incorporated into green networks. The Green Infrastructure Strategy will examine the options.

Ensure this is built into the Green Infrastructure Strategy.

34.1

• Standford should remain a farm – local production of food

Further work is needed on the proposed SANG outlined Consider option for Standford in the draft masterplan. Local food production is a key Grange to remain as farmland aspiration of the Eco-town in Green Infrastructure Strategy.

41.2

• Need to retain and preserve green spaces

Totally agree, but an audit is needed to understand how existing green spaces function to ensure ongoing management and maintenance is sustainable. The overall aim is to provide high quality green space that serves both people and wildlife.

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Ensure that provisions for maintaining green space are written into further masterplan work and green infrastructure strategy.


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Response

Action

45.1

Adequate doctors, out patients, dentists, policing etc will be needed

Agreed.

Maintain contacts with public services to ensure that adequate provisions are planned.

51.0

• How biodiversity will be increased and improved? Mitigation of masterplan • Housing in BOS, Inviting traffic – no SANs • Maps should be showing context, Consulting local park rangers • Lighting and loss of habitats for BOSC • Input of road through Shortheath Common • Infrastructure

The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is needed to set out the nature, design and function of the existing and proposed green spaces to support and protect the European sites.

The Green Infrastructure Strategy and Local Biodiversity Action Plan will provide an overall vision and necessary sets to ensure a net gain in biodiversity is achieved.

52.2

Who is the competent authority re: HRA? Where is net increase in biodiversity? East Hampshire District Council is considered to be the responsible authority regarding HRA work. EHDC is the planning authority. The Green Infrastructure Strategy and Biodiversity Action Plan will outline a programme regarding net increase in biodiveristy.

The Green Infrastructure Strategy and Local Biodiversity Action Plan will provide an overall strategy to ensure a net gain in biodiversity is achieved.

57.1

The continued encroachment on the SINC of Hogmoor Inclosure is Further work is needed on the proposed SANG outlined unacceptable. When proposing areas to be SANGS (Hogmoor Inclosure) you in the draft masterplan. Local food production is a key are supposed to take account of existing nature conservation interests, not to aspiration of the Eco-town. destroy them by proposing encroaching development on them. The model for SANG provision in the interim Strategic Delivery Plan of the adjoining Thames Basin Heaths area dated 27th March 2008, para 12.6 notes “When new land or existing public open space is proposed as SANG, any existing nature conservation interests must be taken into account”. Foreys Pond (the South most one) should not be linked into the “Blue Corridor”. It is a seasonal pond that is brilliant for amphibian because it dries out most years and then when they produce tadpoles annually they have no fish or bird enemies. If it is made permanently wet is will produce yet another biodiversity … for Bordon.

Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy and Biodiversity Action Plan .This work will also be linked to the proposed Outline Water Cycle Strategy.

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Action

58.1

Concerned about eco business park in Farnham Road, why so close to, less Further work is needed on the proposed SANG outlined in the draft masterplan. Local food production is a key than 400m only because it is non residential. • Assessments prior to masterplan aspiration of the Eco-town. • European designation impact, Shortheath Common – SAC – closing study, Volunteer survey • Fly-tipping impact on management, Living space in BOSC not supported, • Impact of HRA has relied on mitigation measures, monitoring should be robust • Fire – 3 fires in areas, arson prevention project as a possibility. SAN/SINC are of importance as well and should be reconsidered. Adequate plans for people to put dogs off lead.

73.1

And how can ANY plan which includes 5,000 new houses, some of them Further work is needed on the proposed SANG outlined Take forward SANG work encroaching on farmland and heathland, have the nerve to label itself "ECO"? in in the draft masterplan. Local food production is a key through the HRA and Green my opinion, ABSOLUTELY NO farmland, woodland, or heathland should have aspiration of the Eco-town. Infrastructure Strategy. ANYTHING built on it. There are some very rare and endangered species of reptiles and amphibians in our area and they MUST be protected. Ensure that there is some kind of buffer, maybe industrial or office buildings, in order to reduce the devastation that domestic cats can cause to this type of wildlife.

78.3

The green pastures will be built upon which is defeating the whole idea of a Part of the purpose of the Green Infrastructure Itudy is Consider option for Standford Grange to remain as farmland clean and health environment. to establish the value of all existing green space and make the best use of it. Consultants will be looking for in Green Infrastructure Strategy. potential to improve or provide better quality space elsewhere. The Green Infrastructure work will consider the pasture land and part of the brief is to consider whether that land could remain as such.

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Consider the following issues as part of HRA: Impact of office, light industrial on SPAs, Impact of development on all local protected land, fly-tipping and fires, dog walking.


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Summary Comments

Response

Action Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy. We will work with key stakeholders and landowners to support European Site management planning.

79.2

Such an increase will have a hugely detrimental impact on protected The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is wildlife/ecological sites such as Hogmoor Inclosure, Broxhead Common and needed to set out the nature, design and function of the Woolmer Forest. existing and proposed green spaces to support and protect the European sites.

80.2

I believe there is another ridiculous idea that has been mentioned, that of taking This masterplan represents a direction of travel and will Consider option for Standford over a Farm on the edge of Bordon, for the local people to take their leisure, not prevent the Council from modifying uses within the Grange to remain as farmland in Green Infrastructure Strategy. once the existing central open spaces have been taken over by the building of masterplan as further evidence comes forward. We thousands of unwanted houses. How will Old Age Pensioners get to this note your concerns about the farm. Farm/Open Space, it would be too far to walk, from the Centre of Bordon, I guess.

81.0

The Appropriate Assessment fails to answer the question, "Where is the The Appropriate Assessment acknowledges that further To take forward further study convincing evidence that (a) the SANG strategy and (b) the SPA Access work is required. Survey work will be ongoing to ensure work. Management strategy will not have the opposite effect to intended?" It is also that the data and supporting evidence is robust. worth noting that the data relating to numbers of Annex 1 bird species on the SPA is out of date and deliberately misleading, thereby invalidating the baseline assumption upon which the entire approach is founded. Two harsh winters and numerous heathland fires have changed the situation completely, having decimated Dartford warbler numbers. The carefree approach maintained by the JSPB and the ecotown proposal, based on 'the good times', is now entirely inappropriate. Thus any planning application that relies upon the current 'avoidance' strategy would be unlawful in terms of the EIA Regulations and Circular 06/2005 [21] (and therefore in contravention of the EIA and Habitats Directives). The determining legislation dictates that the decisionmakers would have no lawful option but to refuse consent.

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CHAPTER 8: GREEN SPACE ID No Name 85.1

Summary Comments

Response

There are several important wildlife areas in the district which will be ruined by The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is the proposed over development including Shortheath Common - an important needed to set out the nature, design and function of the SSS which will undoubtedly have a huge increase in traffic using it as a short cut existing and proposed green spaces to support and to Alton. protect the European sites.

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Action Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy. We will work with key stakeholders and landowners to support European site management planning.


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Response

Action

88.5

This betrays a complete lack of understanding of the location of Bordon and Green infrastructure will consider the design and Whitehill and how people feel about their town and its environment. 'Green function of green space at all scales and how they are infrastructure' and 'creating green spaces' is the language of city planners. connected within the town. This will support the Green space is already there. The whole town is surrounded by it, and has movement of people and wildlife across the town. green spaces within it. You are not " creating green space " by not building on it, you are simply leaving it alone. This whole section talks as if the town is currently a concrete wasteland - it is not. It talks as if the place is so lacking in this valuable commodity, that we should all be grateful for this wonderful gift being supplied. For many people, this is one of the reasons they moved here. The prevalent masterplan attitude to designated green spaces is that it will all be fine so long as it is mitigated. Mitigation, as noted above is not a means of preventing damage, but merely of reducing it. The mitigation regulations are not proven in their effects and there is no strategy defined in the masterplan to monitor these places and halt any further development the moment damage is detected. There is detectable damage now.

Ensure this is built into the Green Infrastructure Strategy. Make the process of HRA clearer in future studies and publications.

88.5

We surely have a responsibility to safeguard these areas for future generations. Green infrastructure will consider the design and Not to fit in all the buildings we can, and let the future take care of itself. EHDC function of green space at all scales and how they are do not show any an sense of 'ownership', of feeling responsible for a rare and connected within the town. This will support the valuable landscape which has shrunk considerably, during the short history of movement of people and wildlife across the town. the town and the stewardship of EHDC. It will continue to do so more quickly unless we take its conservation seriously. Hogmoor Inclosure is clearly seen not as a valuable reminder of an historic forest landscape, but as up-for-grabs as housing, allotments, industry, parkland and leisure facilities. The EU Habitat Regulations do not seem to have been taken to heart, understood or applied. They have been seen as just another obstacle to overcome. 8.11 Regulations to ensure that residents "have the opportunity to interact with nature.." illustrates the points above. Residents have been surrounded by nature for years if they want to look.8.12 Yet again the PPS 9 requirement for a net gain in biodiversity. What does this mean? Is this a real increase in species and habitats?

Ensure this is built into the Green Infrastructure Strategy. Make the process of HRA clearer in future studies and publications.

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Action

88.5

8.16 That "The study notes that the town already has an overly sufficient supply Green infrastructure will consider the design and of natural green space." is a bizarre and extraordinary statement, which can function of green space at all scales and how they are only confirm the mind-set noted above. connected within the town. This will support the 8.24/ 8.62 This statement refers to the requirement to reduce the need for movement of people and wildlife across the town. residents to use nearby EU designated sites. This leads to the idea of SANGS. These are again referred to as "new natural open spaces". They may be new to the writer of the document but not to local people. Hogmoor and Bordon Inclosures are "major components of the SANGS network" at the beginning of the paragraph but pieces of them are then apparently excluded as "wildlife corridors". How will the wildlife know? How will the dogs and cats know this ? To act effectively as areas which entice people away from EU designated sites, SANGS must not only all add up to the area required by the formula, but must be strategically sited to intercept people. The plan at 8.3 shows several narrow ribbons of SANG land which can hardly function as SANGS, since they are too small. Who would let their dog loose on a strip of grass between roads and houses ?

Ensure this is built into the Green Infrastructure Strategy. Make the process of HRA clearer in future studies and publications.

90.0

The Habitats Regulations are most unsatisfactory. There is no mention of The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is avoidance within the Masterplan. The Habitats Directive states that avoidance needed to set out the nature, design and function of the measures must be addressed before any mitigation measures are considered. existing and proposed green spaces to support and This is a legal requirement, not a whim for EHDC to ignore. The Masterplan protect the European sites. A further study on playing seems to be struggling to find enough playing field space as all the existing ones field provision is underway covering all PPS17 issues. are planned to go under housing. You seem to be ignoring PPS17 with regard to Budds Lane playing fields. In addition, in order to gain more green space to justify the loss of existing green spaces in Bordon, you propose developing the working farm at Standford (not even in Whitehill and Bordon). This is complete lunacy when this country faces enormous food shortages in the coming years. Another very worrying part of the Masterplan is the intention for mass house building near protected ecological sites like Hogmoor Inclosure, which will destroy them along with the rich biodiversity for which this area is very fortunate.

Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy and PPS17 study. We will work with key stakeholders and landowners to support European site management planning. Make the process of HRA clearer in future studies and publications.

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Action

93.0

Where are the wild animals going to live if you take all the greenspaces. The The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is farm that is adjoining the Whitehill Cemetery should still be allowed to operate. needed to set out the nature, design and function of the existing and proposed green spaces to support and protect the European sites.

Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy. We will work with key stakeholders and landowners to support European site management planning. Consider option for Standford Grange to remain as farmland in Green Infrastructure Strategy.

99.5

8.16 The report refers to “sufficient supply” and not to it being “over sufficient”. The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is The existing greenspace is used by the present residents and it is a factor in the needed to set out the nature, design and function of the extent of use presently made of other protected areas. Full additional provision existing and proposed green spaces to support and protect the European sites. of greenspace must be made for the new homes and residents. 8.20 The HRA requires that if it assessed that the proposed development is likely to have an adverse effect upon a protected site, as is the case with the proposed development of Whitehill Bordon, then the first step is to investigate as to whether anything can be done to avoid the adverse effect (see HRA Report, Appendix II paragraph A1.1 – where effects on ecological integrity are identified the plan maker must first consider alternative ways of achieving the plan’s objectives that avoid significant effects entirely. Only where this is demonstrably unviable should they instead prepare mitigation measures that allow the plan to proceed by removing or reducing significant effects). No reference is made to any such investigation or consideration or as to why it is considered that a development of more than 4000 new homes.

Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy. We will work with key stakeholders and landowners to support European site management planning. Make the process of HRA clearer in future studies and publications.

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CHAPTER 8: GREEN SPACE ID No Name 99.5

Summary Comments

Response

8.21 The Air Quality report is fundamental to any development. Air Quality is As above. already below acceptable standards (1500% below in respect of acidification on adjoining protected sites) and it is accepted that the plan is likely to have a further serious adverse effect upon protected sites unless major steps can be taken to avoid these effects.No proposals are put forward as to any such steps. The plan can not be approved in the absence of such report and further AA and HRA being prepared.

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Action As above.


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CHAPTER 8: GREEN SPACE ID No Name 99.5

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Response

The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is 8.31 The Wildlife Corridors and Blue Corridors already exist with few if any breaks or interruptions, and any such breaks or interruptions would not appear needed to set out the nature, design and function of the existing and proposed green spaces to support and to be “repaired� under the masterplan. The present corridors are likely to be adversely effected by the multifunctional proposals resulting in biodiversity loss. protect the European sites. 8.33 Hogmoor Inclosure and Bordon Inclosure are not new green space as they are already publicly available and used and form part of existing corridors/Green Loop and have very delicate biodiversities. 8.39 Hogmoor Inclosure and Bordon Inclosure are not new green space as they are already publicly available and used and form part of existing corridors/Green Loop Any new areas that are not suitable for dogs off the lead are not likely to offer a similar experience for those presently using the protected sites. There is no attempt to assess the impact on existing biodiversity of the general area as a result of the proposals. Fig 8.1 In the absence of a full size copy of this plan the different colours are in many cases indistinguishable and it is impossible to properly identify the various proposed areas.

Hogmoor Inclosure and Bordon Inclosure are not new green space as they are already publicly available and used and form part of existing corridors/Green Loop The boundary of the South Downs National Park is not shown The Green Loop is shown as passing through the old meadow adjoining Walldown Road to the detriment of the existing delicate biodiversity 8.51 WoW is an adopted policy and part of the EHDC BAP so surely it is the masterplan that should be drafted to sit alongside the BAP, unless it is being suggested that the masterplan is more detailed and demanding than the existing BAP, which does not appear to be the case. 8.55 The plan does not show areas of potential wetland.

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Action Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy. We will work with key stakeholders and landowners to support European site management planning. Make the process of HRA clearer in future studies and publications.


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99.5

8.62 Hogmoor Inclosure and Bordon Inclosure are not new green space as The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is they are already publicly available and used and can not be part of the SANGs if needed to set out the nature, design and function of the existing and proposed green spaces to support and this is what is being proposed. Hogmoor Inclosure is also a SINC and accordingly is inappropriate to be protect the European sites. regarded as a SANG having its own important biodiversity status. The HRA report specifies that SANGs must be in place and functioning in advance of any development but no steps appear to have been taken to implement this with the “early win” money already released. Standford Grange Farm land is not suitable for use as a SANG being at the furthest distance from the new development, approximately 2km, and further away than the protected sites. It will not induce people to use it in preference to the nearer protected sites and certainly does not offer a similar experience for prospective users.

99.5

8.65 There should be no development permitted within the buffer strip unless absolutely unavoidable as any development has an adverse effect upon the protected site. 8.66 The masterplan does not include the provisions required by the HRA report as part of any development process, e.g. set out or referred to in Table 4.1, Table 5.2 and paragraph 7.2 8.68 The 40% is the minimum requirement in respect of the new development. This is meant to be an exemplar development and should not be “pennypinching” to seek to take advantage of existing open green space which is used and is itself relieving pressure on other protected areas. Hogmoor Inclosure and Bordon Inclosure are not new green space as they are already publicly available and used. 8.69 Targets should be identified by which the Net Gain in biodiversity can be monitored on a regular basis to ensure that there is a gain and not a loss.

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Action Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy. We will work with key stakeholders and landowners to support European site management planning. Make the process of HRA clearer in future studies and publications.


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CHAPTER 8: GREEN SPACE ID No Name 100.1 Julie Reid

Summary Comments

Response

Most existing open spaces in Bordon, including playing fields will be built on The draft masterplan acknowledges that further work is working farm away from Bordon will be taken over for open space to needed to set out the nature, design and function of the compensate for loss in Bordon, mass housebuilding near protected existing and proposed green spaces to support and wildlife/ecological sites like Hogmoor Inclosure will destroy them. protect the European sites.

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Action Take forward SANG work through the HRA and Green Infrastructure Strategy. We will work with key stakeholders and landowners to support European site management planning.


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Summary Comments

Response

4.1

EHDC The document refers to the provision of jobs in relation to the number of new At present the stated target is one job per new Planning homes (Section 6, page 99). The figures appear to vary in different places in household and 1500 jobs to replace those lost to the Policy Team the text and to refer to either 4,000 or 5,500 new jobs. This situation needs to existing population. The Economic Development and be clarified and explained in the context of any allowance that has been made Employment Strategy will address this in more detail. for the replacement of MoD jobs that are lost. There may be a need for further work on the military’s current impact on the town and the consequences of population change in the transition period after the MOD have moved and before the new development starts.

1.1

Radian Housing Assoc

The Economic Development strategy therefore needs to research the potential Economic Development and Employment Strategy will offer that the Eco-Town can make to inward investors and this, in turn will be address this. an important driver on the spatial planning not only of the Eco-Town itself, but also on the planning and delivery of the infrastructure for the wider area.

1.2

Radian Housing Assoc

The Economic Development strategy will also impact on the Transportation The draft Economic Development and Employment strategy so will need to be undertaken prior to the Transportation strategy Strategy will be used to inform the development of the being finalised. Transportation plan.

1.3

Radian Housing Assoc

The Introduction states that job numbers will depend upon the housing The Economic Development and Employment Strategy numbers – but housing numbers will principally be determined by demand, will consider the inter-relationship between economic which, in turn, will be heavily influenced by the availability of local employment. and employment growth with overall housing All these studies are therefore iterative and together they will have a major availability and workforce place of residence. impact upon the master-plan.

2.5

Lindford Parish Council

However Councillors are not convinced that the level of employment The Economic Development and Employment envisaged in the plan is achievable under the existing proposals. They are also Strategy will provide more clarity on the key economic concerned that the existing Forest Centre and its facilities will disappear once and employment growth opportunities and future the new centre is built. prospects. The envisaged expansion of the town will result in increased demand for community facilities. Local need will still need to be addressed and there should be numerous options for re-use of any surplus existing buildings.

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3.3

Royal Mail

Royal Mail offices are an important local employer and should be considered Economic Development and Employment Strategy will as part of a new economic role and to meet needs of the new population. address this.

9.5

Headley Parish Council

The choice of employment provision forecast should be of benefit to people of The current and the past MoD activity already has a employment age in Headley Parish. The provision of a Skills Centre (p. 156) significant impact on the town's road network, which for 16-19 year olds would benefit young people in Headley Parish – provided it may be expected to reduce, dependant upon possible is accessible by frequent public transport. The downside is the new new uses of the former MoD estate. The Economic employment provision in Whitehill Bordon is again the question of traffic Development and Employment Strategy will be generation by private car, and the extent to which public transport will be formulated with close inter-dependency on the provided. transportation and travel planning, to minimise adverse P. 210 mentions “clear and direct cycle routes connecting Whitehill Bordon impact of any net increase above historic MoD levels with surrounding towns, villages and stations”. However, we are concerned on the existing transport infrastructure. that most potential employees would access the proposed employment sites in the Eco-Town by private car, which could not be supported by the rural lanes between Headley and Whitehill Bordon, and we are concerned that if employees of the proposed new factories and offices were to come from outside the area of Whitehill Bordon, the effect on local traffic patterns would be disastrous.

Action

Sainsbury supports the promotion of a new town centre and an increase in Economic Development and Employment Strategy will 12.0 Sainsbury Supermarket retail floor space of 30,000sqm. We suggest that the Masterplan should be also consider demands and potential of the retail s designed to allow for expanded retail provision in a more flexible manner, sector. should the previously expected MoD land releases not come to fruition.

22.2 Selborne Parish Council

a. Where the employment will come from. The Economic Development and Employment Strategy Comments noted b. What proportion of the new employment will be filled with Eco-Town will provide more clarity on the key economic and residents. employment growth opportunities and future prospects. c. The competitive advantages and disadvantages of the Eco-Town to an The draft Economic Development and Employment employer. Strategy will be used to inform the development of the d. The transport impact of the increased industry Transportation plan. Further detailed comments on employment aspect in the letter

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Waverley Borough Council

2.3

Summary Comments

Response

Action

SEEDA welcomes the following: A commitment to retrofitting existing Further input from SEEDA would be sought during the properties. Provision of 5500 jobs from new commercial developments. Using development of the Economic Development and existing MOD buildings in the short to medium term for start ups and cheap Employment Strategy. flexible employment space is particularly welcomed. Creating the right environment for businesses to grow is essential and together with locally based skills training and higher educational attainment will create the right conditions to attract new industry. Better public transport provision and making walking and cycling more attractive and appealing are essential to improving quality of life. The creation of a town centre that will give the new community a defined sense of place. It is more important to grow slowly but sustainable rather than more quickly and less balanced.

• Waverley will need to see more evidence of how 5,500 to 7,000 new jobs will The Economic Development and Employment Strategy Share evidence and involve be created in Whitehill Bordon that will provide one new job per new home and will provide more clarity on the key economic and Waverly Borough Council in the to off-set the loss of civilian jobs associated with the relocation of the MOD. employment growth opportunities and future prospects. further evidence base studies. • What is the proposed strategy for linking houses to jobs? Is the strategy to The draft Economic Development and Employment provide the housing first to accommodate a skilled workforce that will attract Strategy will be used to inform development of the business and generate the economy? Or is the strategy to build the economy Transportation plan. first to provide employment that will attract workers to live in Whitehill Bordon? Creating new homes will not necessarily attract new business and create new jobs. Likewise providing new businesses does not mean that their workers will want to live in Whitehill Bordon. • There is also no evidence that the jobs provided in Whitehill Bordon will match the skills and qualifications of the local population. This will result in high levels of in and out commuting resulting in unsustainable transport movements. Even if there is a strategy to deliver this, what are the guarantees that this match will be maintained?

Why do we need more jobs created in SE when we have practically full The envisaged growth of the town and downsizing or employment – and when the Midlands and North are desperate for more and withdrawal of the MoD will require substantive better quality housing economic and employment growth.

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Action

5.1

Business regeneration and training a priority The Economic Development and Employment Strategy Viking Park design and Viking park – needs to be retained for leisure and small businesses, possibly will prioritise training and regeneration. feasibility study will assess this live/work units i.e. shops along road. in detail.

8.3

The Economic Development and Employment Strategy • Professional properties integrated intro process – use local will provide more clarity on the key economic and • Improving access – capacity of community is dependant on facilities • Shopping must come before housing otherwise people with establish employment growth opportunities and future prospects. unsustainable patterns The draft Economic Development and Employment • Should think about Forest Centre more fore future Strategy will be used to inform the development of the Transportation plan.

18.1

• Leisure at Viking should be protected , what happens if leisure uses not Comments noted. found • New employment opportunities

Viking Park design and feasibility study will assess this in detail.

30.0

• Utilise Whitehill Club Comments noted. • Green businesses • LEP Local Enterprise Partnership (white paper) • Investment in commercial property – - recommend institution standards - investment property forum • Choice of shops is depressing • Entrance to town needs to be improved, first impressions

The Economic Development and Employment Strategy will assess these issues in detail.

36.3

Jobs before houses – I’d love to live and work in Bordon and so would my son. The Economic Development and Employment Strategy will provide more clarity on the key economic and employment growth opportunities and future prospects.

39.3

• My employer is getting into greener ways. British Gas have put in 12,000 Comments noted PV’s recently. I’m a teacher we teach the kids recycling. They would be a good partner. • Employment can’t just be warehousing – must encourage SMEs. The snow got us out of our cars, talking and helping people.

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48.3

Concern over whether we get employment, whether the infrastructure is The Economic Development and Employment Strategy available. We would like to see small corner shops. Local shops have a good will provide more clarity on the key economic and community spirit. I’m not sure about the new town centre – shops all in one employment growth opportunities and future prospects. place. The scheme is lacking the neighbourhood feel. Local shops would The draft Economic Development and Employment help. It needs to be looked at on the neighbourhood scale. Strategy will be used to inform the development of the Transportation plan.

Neighbourhood level consultation should also look at economic development and employment aspects.

50.0

New town centre should be created at Woolmer trading estate, On Woolmer Comments noted. trading – recognise Tesco and form centre

Consider economic and phasing impact of other retail layouts as well as that currently proposed by the masterplan.

60.1

One only has to look at the Viking Park area which allowed a significant area of Comments noted. woodland to be raised to the ground on the Council's overly optimistic claim that all manner of commercial & leisure facilities would clamber to the site for the benefit of the local inhabitants of Bordon & Whitehill.

Viking Park design and feasibility study will assess this in detail.

67.2

There is little chance of a rapid expansion in local jobs especially if the army The Economic Development and Employment Strategy leaves the area in which case jobs will be lost. will provide more clarity on the key economic and employment growth opportunities and future prospects. The draft Economic Development and Employment Strategy will be used to inform the development of the Transportation plan.

78.2

Industry is slow in coming forward to this area because of the bad transport The Economic Development and Employment Strategy system therefore local employment is non existent, present warehouses are will provide more clarity on the key economic and closing and moving out of the area to cheaper premises. employment growth opportunities and future prospects. The draft Economic Development and Employment Strategy will be used to inform the development of the Transportation plan.

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79.1

There may be a need for replacement jobs for those left unemployed if and The Economic Development and Employment Strategy when the army leaves. will provide more clarity on the key economic and employment growth opportunities and future prospects.

83.2

Don't situate material business opportunities on the Farnham side as this will Comments noted make the additional traffic on the A325 unbearable as the road has no real prospect of being up-graded. It's common sense.

88.6

9.3 All worthy aspirations with little evidence of how job creation and The Economic Development and Employment Strategy employment can be achieved. will provide more clarity on the key economic and Viking Park has been undeveloped for six years. There are vacant units in employment growth opportunities and future prospects. Woolmer and Bordon trading estates. What is to attract new businesses ? The draft Economic Development and Employment Attracting new people in new houses doesn't answer the problem. Strategy will be used to inform the development of the 9.19 Developing yet new Eco-Business Parks is another unproven aspiration Transportation plan. as a means of job creation. 9.23 Providing some 2000 jobs in the new town centre is as above. This chapter should provide some real answers to what will be the most pressing problem, should the Army leave Bordon. What it provides are aspirations, dressed up with tables of estimated numbers , with no evidence or strategy to suggest that these are achievable.

96.2

Viking Park, a local business development, has remained under utilised. This The Economic Development and Employment Strategy speaks volumes. Businesses simply do not want to locate here. will address this issue.

97.1

There is no way the plan is viable - the idea that jobs will somehow be created The Economic Development and Employment Strategy and people will give up their jobs outside the town and work in Bordon instead will provide more clarity on the key economic and is preposterous. employment growth opportunities and future prospects. The draft Economic Development and Employment Strategy will be used to inform the development of the Transportation plan.

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CHAPTER 9: A NEW ECONOMIC ROLE ID No Name 99.6

Summary Comments

Response

9.10 The plan was to provide 1 job for each new home, 4300, and in addition The Economic Development and Employment Strategy for the redundant MoD workers, 2000 net, and the plan should therefore will provide more clarity on the key economic and provide for at least 6,300 jobs. The requirement was for jobs to precede the employment growth opportunities and future prospects. departure of the MoD and the building of the first new homes, to prevent a The draft Economic Development and Employment further pattern of travelling out of area for work to become established with the Strategy will be used to inform the development of the new residents. Transportation plan. At present the stated target is 1 9.17 The Bordon Trading Estate and Woolmer Trading Estate both have job per new household and 1500 jobs to replace those “permanent� signs offering buildings / space for sale or to let. Viking Park has lost to the existing population. stood empty for several years apparently unable to attract any businesses or leisure promoters (with the exception of the public house). The plan gives no indication as to why additional space would suddenly become in demand, particularly in vast revamped army buildings. The infrastructure, particularly transport, must be improved first to change the image.

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CHAPTER 10: TRANSPORT AND MOVEMENT ID:NO Name 2.3 Lindford Parish Council

4.1

Summary Comments Response The Parish Council is concerned about routes for through traffic that currently The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local uses the A325, the impact of extra traffic on surrounding areas and the lack of a surrounding villages and communities will be considered clearly defined bypass route. in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed. This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures. There is no By-pass proposed in the Masterplan. The Masterplan proposes to distribute local traffic along a network of streets, and to manage through-traffic along both the inner relief road and the existing A325 corridor.

Churt Parish Concern on use of Churt roads for 'rat run' now and also in future once Council Hindhead tunnel is completed. It is noted that Eastern loop bus will include Churt which partly address this issue. No mention of Farnham station in the plan and impact on its car parking. Other stations are mentioned.

The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local surrounding villages including Churt will be considered in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed. This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures. Linkages to Farnham Rail Station will be an important part of the future Transport Strategy.

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Action Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the A325 treatment and the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.


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9.2

Summary Comments Response South Downs The Authority is concerned at the potential adverse effects of additional Work is continuing to better understand the impacts of National Park motorised vehicle movements by future residents of the eco-town on the air the Masterplan on both the transport network (through Authority quality and general amenity of the National Park and biodiversity interest of the the Evidence Base) and on the important local European sites. The Authority therefore welcomes and supports the proposals European sites (through the HRA). Measures to reduce to provide improved and additional retail, education, health and leisure facilities travel, including those set out to increase trip and employment opportunities within Whitehill Bordon as reducing the need to containment, are integral to the transport strategy for the town. A Rail Feasibility Study is underway to travel outside the town. Nevertheless, the Authority considers that measures to reduce the use of the consider a variety of options for direct rail connection to private car are very important and considers that these should be pursued, the town. including further assessment of the implications of re-opening the railway line, or a new rail link to the Portsmouth line at Liphook via Lindford, and that any further recommendations from the air quality study are incorporated into the masterplan.

Headley Parish Council

We remain greatly concerned about the effect on the local road system of the The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local creation of the Eco-Town, its new dwellings and all other facilities. The absence surrounding villages including Headley and the of a transport policy to accompany the plan is regretted. We have grave communities of Kingsley, Hollywater and Standford will concerns as to how the existing lanes through Standford, Hollywater and be considered in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Kingsley, which are narrow and suffer from an unacceptable record of fatalities Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently in recent years, will cope with even a modest increase in traffic – unfortunately being developed. This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop they are barely suitable for buses other than mini-buses. any necessary mitigation measures, and will understand where possible impacts would be unacceptable. A Transport Strategy did support the Masterplan and the forthcoming Core Strategy includes policies on transport related to Whitehill Bordon.

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Action Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan. Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan. Ensure the Transport Strategy includes measures to reduce travel need.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.


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Headley Parish Council

Summary Comments Response Para 10.1 (p. 163) Highlights how traffic flow in Whitehill Bordon is linked to the This statement is not intended to downplay the surrounding local roads. “Concerns relating to the potential growth in traffic as a concerns that have previously been raised at result of development and the negative impacts that these could have on consultation events about the potential impact on a neighbouring villages such as Lindford and Kingsley and rural roads, have number of other local communities and villages. consistently been a major issue at consultation events” – agreed but note that The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local the effect on Headley, and the hamlets of Standford and Hollywater, is not surrounding villages including Headley will be mentioned – perhaps because the latter hamlets are within the “Eco-town Policy considered in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Zone” – but then so is much of Lindford! Detailed comments on traffic Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently problems and mitigation must await the HCC survey. being developed. This will quantify the impact of the Para 10.16 (and Fig 3) (p. 167) suggests local bus routes from Whitehill Bordon Masterplan and begin to develop any necessary serving local villages” at least 4 buses per hour” with the “East of Town Loop” mitigation measures, and will understand where buses serving “Sleaford, Churt, Headley, Standford, Lindford and Bordon” – the possible impacts would be unacceptable. The scope of proposed routes are not specified. The map on page 169 shows the ‘North- this work is wide and includes all local settlements South Town Route’ crossing Headley Mill ford, objected to and thought to be a between the A3 and A31 corridors. mistake in the previous plan. The diagrammatic representation of future bus routes serves to display the principles behind the bus strategy but does not commit to future routing options which would be the subject of further consideration and consultation. NB the supporting booklet “Whitehill Bordon Transport Strategy” shows (map p. Noted. 40) the East of Town Loop going through Standford, Tulls Lane, Liphook Road, Arford, Churt Road to Churt and then back to Sleaford via Simmondstone and Wishanger! The question of “suitable bus vehicles to cross the (Headley Mill) ford would be required”, and “the feasibility of Headley Mill ford …. being able to accommodate a bus route” are mentioned on p.40.

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Action Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan. Ensure future bus service options consider adequacy of local roads and undergo consultation


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CHAPTER 10: TRANSPORT AND MOVEMENT ID:NO Name 15.1 Worldham Parish Council

Summary Comments Response An alternative route that should be considered is from the Bordon transport hub The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local out through Standford into Lindford along Mill Lane into Headley and then up to surrounding villages will be considered in detail within Headley Down. It could then go through the Heatherlands estate as a means of the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence turning around and back through Arford and into Bordon via Lindford. This Base that is currently being developed. This considers misses the ford at Headley Mill. As previously mentioned any buses through the transport and highway networks within the Policy Hollywater and Standford will have to be of the mini-bus type, as operated Zone area, but also considers a much wider area and locally by AMK includes the roads in and around Worldham parish. This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures. The routing of local bus services will be considered in detail before any route enhancement commences and the suitability of local roads will be one factor in that consideration. The viability long-term of local bus services will be considered.

18.2 Forestry 10.35 Given the that the Shipwrights Way (SWW) has such strong political Shipwrights Way is a project that is supported by the Commission support it would be advantageous to see it mentioned explicitly with a full County and District Councils and will play its part in explanation of what it is and what it has the potential to deliver. It will connect providing alternative travel options for the existing and Alice Holt Forest and QECP both major countryside visitor attractions with a future residents of the town. The Shipwrights Way will strong connection with cycling. All the evidence suggests that if you are going to feature within the future Walking and Cycling Strategy get people to use their bikes they have to gain confidence in attractive traffic for the town. free areas. Both sites offer this opportunity. The SWW will also link the North Downs Way that starts in Farnham with the South Downs Way and provide a major link from Farnham into the National Park via Whitehill/

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Action Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan. Ensure future bus service options consider adequacy of local roads and consider the viability of services.

Ensure the Shipwrights Way is fully considered and integrated into the Walking and Cycling Strategy.


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CHAPTER 10: TRANSPORT AND MOVEMENT ID:NO Name 19.1 Kingsley Parish Council

Summary Comments Response The Draft Framework Masterplan states that the transport strategy will include a The progress of the Evidence Base work is regularly ‘Traffic management strategy for surrounding villages (being informed by traffic reported to the Infrastructure PAG and will continue to modelling work being carried out by Hampshire County Council)’. We fully be referred to the new Specialist Group, but as work endorse the need for such a strategy and would like to be kept informed on the progresses and becomes more advanced, additional progress and results of the modelling work. We are very aware of the need for and wider consultation will be sought. an improved bus service within Whitehill Bordon and linking to the surrounding villages, and are pleased to see that consideration is also being given to the possibility of designated cycle routes to local stations. We also note the aspiration of a rail-link between Bordon and Bentley.

Action Ensure consultation on the findings of the Transport Evidence Base work.

20.0 Railfuture • With the planned development of Whitehill Bordon as an exemplar eco-town The use of bus based travel for local journeys can be Complete the Rail Feasibility Wessex Area there is a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop a modern, sustainable public very effective in connecting people to their travel Study and ensure its findings transport system. destinations and encouraging modal shift. are fed into the Masterplan • Good, comprehensive planning is essential at the outset if future choices are Technology is advancing at a fast pace and alternative not to be excluded green energy solutions are already available with hybrid • The planned use of buses as the local transport mode is unsustainable and and electric vehicles, as well as previous examples from unlikely to encourage modal shift. bio-mass vehicles. • There is little evidence that alternative “green” energy solutions will be The County Council is currently undertaking a Rail available at an affordable cost for transport within the proposed development Feasibility Study which will consider the socio-economic period. business case for direct rail connection to the town. The • The heavy rail proposal will do nothing to encourage modal shift and will not work includes consideration of a number of routing provide a local transport solution. options and includes options for both light and heavy • A light rail solution based on the successful German approach used for rail, measured against other alternatives including Bus Karlsruhe should be viewed as an alternative. Rapid Transit. The work is due to be completed towards • Such a system has to be viewed in the light of a wider public transport system the end of the year and the Masterplan will be fed by its in East and North East Hampshire. results. • Development of such a system will need to be phased in response to demand and affordability

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CHAPTER 10: TRANSPORT AND MOVEMENT ID:NO Name Surrey County Council

Surrey County Council

Summary Comments Response Action Page 9 - xvii - What work is being carried out to determine that the level of In relation to Core Strategy Testing, the ongoing Remove reference in the proposed development is the correct level to create a self sufficient town but Strategic Transport Model and Transport Assessment Masterplan to the South East development, of which Surrey County Council sits on without making it an attraction in its own right? Plan. Page 12 - xxv - The planned location of primary schools with catchment areas the Steering Group, would provide the LDF Core Consider findings of the Strategy Evidence and the testing would be as agreed Transport Evidence Base in of 5-10 min walking distance is supported. relation to the local road Page 16 - xlv - This talks about further detailed work that is required. In relation in the Scoping Note. to transport; 'Confirmation through the ongoing transport testing that the sub networks, and include outputs in regional transportation impacts are acceptable as part of the evidence base for A proportion of trips are likely to be attracted to the town the next iteration of the the core strategy.' What is meant by this and what would form would transport as a result of the proposed employment and retail Masterplan. testing actually take? development. The impact of this movement will be Page 27 - 1.23 - The policy context refers to the South East Plan but there is no considered in the Transport Evidence Base work. mention of its demise. Page 28 - 1.25/26 - There is a huge difference between the planned figure of This assessment work is testing a number of different 4000 new dwellings and the potential for 5300 dwellings. Will there be sensitivity development scenarios including the 4,000 dwelling testing using the higher figure in relation to public transport provision and Masterplan and the 5,300 dwelling expanded modelling the impact on the road network? This uplift of greater than 25% would Masterplan option. This testing will also consider a range of mode share and trip containment targets . have a significant impact on any transport modelling. Page 58 - 2.62 - The masterplan identifies that currently 51% of trips are A proportion of trips are likely to be attracted to the town internal, attributed to the presence of the MOD and in order to continue this the as a result of the proposed employment and retail need to maintain a local employment focus in the long term. How can this be development. The impact of this movement will be achieved without creating an employment hub and attracting an even greater considered in the Transport Evidence Base work. percentage of destination trips. Page 166 - 10.12 - We are still concerned by the modal split targets as they are extremely ambitious, and although referred to as aspirational there will be an expectation for these to be achieved. It would be preferable to include a third scenario with more realistic targets. What is the modal split assumption based on in relation to the scenario where a rail station is opened at Whitehill Bordon. 17% seems very high for this link.

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CHAPTER 10: TRANSPORT AND MOVEMENT ID:NO Name Surrey County Council

22.3 Selborne Parish Council

Summary Comments Response Page 62 - 2.83 - In order to provide APL with the development value that they The role of Park and Ride will be explored further in the require, it is likely to reduce massively any S106 contributions which raises the Parking Strategy. question of the deliverability of the transport infrastructure required. The Masterplan sets out an extensive modern Public 10.3 - What is the purpose of a park and ride? Surely this should not be Transport Solution, but the detail is yet to be determined necessary if the town is not to become a trip attractor in its own right. and awaits the result of the Rail Feasibility Study. Page 171 - The outline of public transport measures still appear to be The Traffic Management Strategy will provide greater mainstream basics. In order to achieve such ambitious modal shift targets, the detail on a number of transport mitigation measures measures/facilities need to be more innovative accompanied by intensive that will be required to manage and /or deter traffic from marketing. In relation to this, we are still concerned that sufficient consideration using inappropriate routes. has not been given to the long term deliverability and how such ambitious targets could be maintained long term. Page 172 - 10.36 - What is the traffic management system referred to?

Action Develop a Parking Strategy for the town. Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan.

The town is only viable if it generates sufficient employment without increasing There is no evidence to say that a nil detriment the traffic burden from current levels. That is only achievable with a heavy rail approach on transport is the only viable option, nor that link, definitely to Bentley / Waterloo and probably to Liss – Portsmouth. Building direct rail connection is essential for the future the railway does not guarantee success. RECOMMENDATIONS development of the Masterplan. The traffic impact of the 1. That the entire plan be made contingent upon a heavy rail connection Masterplan on the local surrounding villages including 2. That the current HCC feasibility studies on the rail connection be expedited Selborne will be considered in detail within the Strategic 3. That clarity of the move of the MOD be obtained Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is 4. That no further public money be spent until the way forward is clear. currently being developed and the Rail Feasibility Study Further detailed comments in the letter. is considering the socio-economic business case for direct rail connection to the town. This work will feed into later iterations of the Masterplan and will feed the Town Transport Strategy.

Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan. Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

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Hampshire County Council

Summary Comments Response Vehicle strategy – it is noted that the masterplan retains a target of 25-35% of The targets in the Masterplan relating to mode share journeys to be by car, which is more ambitious than the Eco-town target of at represent the town's aims to be exemplar in transport. least 50%, rising to 60% by non-car mode. We further note that this it to be The Transport Evidence Base work is currently achieved with or without a rail station. This is a laudable aim, but we are considering the impact of a range of mode-share concerned that the proposals should not be overly ambitious, to the extent that it options, including both the 25 and 50% targets, and will deters potential investors, either housebuilders or individuals, from investing in consider the scale and nature of interventions and the town. measures needed to achieve these targets. Parking 10.38 The proposed approach to reducing parking related to the It is accepted that until public transport provision is delivery of improved public transport infrastructure seems reasonable. This will significantly improved, significant reductions in parking need to be considered further to ensure a clear understanding is reached on provision would be unrealistic. A Parking Strategy is to how this approach is to be interpreted so that parking provision is not restricted be developed which will consider the strategy for by too much, too soon. parking provision in the town but also its phasing. This will also consider transitional arrangements.

Action Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan. Prepare Parking Strategy

Broad Layout and Design Issues ( further detailed comments submitted) The Masterplan sets out the provision of an Inner Relief Hampshire County Council (HCC) supports the general layout in the document Road through the new development areas and and the emphasis on making key developments in the town accessible for management measures for the existing A325. The A325 those without the need for a car. HCC strongly supports the key design features strategy and treatment will be subject to further work on pages 96 and 97. Future treatments for the existing A325 corridor, which and testing being carried out under the Transport may involve diversion of existing through traffic and full or partial closure of the Evidence Base, and the later iterations of the existing A325 in the town centre, will be tested in the Transport Model currently Masterplan will reflect the outcomes of this work. under development and future versions of the Masterplan should be informed by An Economic Development Strategy is being developed this. Until the results of this analysis are available no specific treatment should to guide future investment and job creation in the town. be committed to. HCC fully supports the level of proposed retail and commercial development proposed and the commitment to bring significant employment into the town. The combination of these essential factors is integral to the success of the transport strategy and the ability to retain trips within the town to the benefit of the environment.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the A325 treatment and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan. Develop an Economic Development Strategy to ensure that Whitehill Bordon is able to attract commercial employers to the town and create essential employment.

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CHAPTER 10: TRANSPORT AND MOVEMENT ID:NO Name Hampshire County Council

5.7

Hampshire County Council

15.1 Worldham Parish Council

Summary Comments Response HCC would like to see every encouragement given to local (community) No decision has yet been made on the location of the facilities, potentially though initiatives like the '5 minute pint' rule (a pint of milk is secondary school and this is subject to further never more than a five minute walk away), used by the Prince of Wales consideration. Foundation at Sherford in south Devon.Whilst the densities are broadly acceptable, HCC would support flexibility that delivers the overall goal - for example if an exemplar higher density scheme was proposed at an excellent location for walking, cycling and public transport. From a transport perspective, the County Council retain its previously stated view that a central secondary school site at Budds Lane would be preferable to provision of secondary education off Mill Chase Road.

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10.2 Gibbs Lane, to date, has not been surveyed as part of the Transport Full Origin Destination RSI surveys were undertaken to Baseline Model and Transport Assessment. The Reserves Team East has enable the Transport Model to be developed, and these carried out a survey of the usage of this lane and the track through Shortheath were supplemented by a large number of traffic Common (Section 2.3 page 4) which has indicated that this route is being used surveys. Gibbs Lane is not a heavily trafficked route and as a cut through/short cut for those wishing to avoid congestion. It is it was not necessary to survey the route in order to recommended that this route is included in further surveys and taken into construct the model. The TA will consider the account as part of the Transport Assessment. attractiveness of Gibbs Lane to through-traffic.

findings of the To date there has been little evidence that any significant transport impact The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local Consider studies have been carried out to assess and determine the likely effects on the surrounding villages including Churt will be considered in Transport Evidence Base in road infrastructure outside the Ecotown vicinity. Questions need to be asked detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model relation to the B3004 and the such as what impact the increase in traffic will have on the outlying roads, such and Evidence Base that is currently being developed. local road networks, and include as the B3004 and the surrounding rural lanes.The proposal of a bus route This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local outputs in the next iteration of through West Worldham and Oakhanger takes no account of the narrow lanes communities and begin to develop any necessary the Masterplan. and limited population. How economic will the bus routes be, what level of mitigation measures. demand will there be, and what subsidies will be required are all fundamental issues that still need to be addressed.

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Summary Comments Response Action 18.2 Forestry 10.35 Given the that the Shipwrights Way (SWW) has such strong political Comments welcomed and will be included in the further The SWW link should be Commission support it would be advantageous to see it mentioned explicitly with a full studies on the sustainable transport and green integrated within the masterplan explanation of what it is and what it has the potential to deliver. It will connect infrastructure. proposals. Alice Holt Forest and QECP both major countryside visitor attractions with a strong connection with cycling. All the evidence suggests that if you are going to get people to use there bikes they have to gain confidence in attractive traffic free areas. Both sites offer this opportunity. The SWW will also link the North Downs Way that starts in Farnham with the South Downs Way and provide a major link from Farnham into the National Park via Whitehill/Bordon.

20.0 Railfuture a. A Heavy Rail Solution All the comments noted. The Rail Feasibility Study will Noted for the Rail Feasibility Wessex Area Within the UK at least, the idea of a rail based local transport solution for a consider the business case for a number of light and Study. future population of 30000, as planned for Whitehill Bordon, has always been heavy rail routing options, both towards Alton and dismissed as way below the minimum population needed to support it. This is Portsmouth. Routing options for both light and heavy rail fully recognised. However, the suggested heavy rail link reinstating the line to include routes towards Alton, Bentley, Liss and Liphook, Bentley, and possibly Liphook is unattractive given the “green� objectives of the and would include the combination of a number of those eco-town. At best it would provide a commuting route to London but with fewer options. good links to areas within the Blackwater Valley, Guildford etc. b. A Light Rail Solution Light rail solutions in the UK have been limited to major population centres such as Manchester, Sheffield, Croydon, the West Midlands, Nottingham and Newcastle. They are generally viewed as financially successful in the long term, covering their operating costs and making a contribution to capital repayment. Because the systems have been imposed onto existing highways the promoters have been required to move all utilities away from the routes and to pay for all the works including traffic management.

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CHAPTER 10: TRANSPORT AND MOVEMENT ID:NO Name Waverley Borough Council

BAAG

Summary Comments Response Action • Waverley raises serious concerns about the impact of the development on Hampshire County Council is preparing the Multi-Modal Set up a further meeting with Transport Model. The model will enable a number of Waverley Borough Council once Waverley in terms of transport. studies' findings are • In our view, the transport studies will need to consider both the impact of the scenarios to be considered and will estimate the likely the development at Whitehill Bordon on Waverley’s communities as well as changes in traffic levels on local roads and through local available and prior to any future measures to mitigate that impact. Amongst other things the studies should look communities. The Transport Model includes Whitehill amendments to the masterplan. Bordon and also its surrounding local communities and at: transport network. This has been developed in o The incapacity of the A325 to accommodate an increase in traffic. consultation with Surrey County Council and covers a o The need for a by-pass to mitigate transport congestion in Wrecclesham. o High-sided vehicles taking alternative routes through residential areas to avoid much larger geographic area. the low bridge at Wrecclesham. o The impact on the road network on increased traffic from development at Whitehill Bordon when major events take place such as the religious festival at Kingsley. • What evidence is there that the target modal split set out in Figures 10.1 and 10.2 of the Masterplan can be achieved and what guarantee is there that there will be the investment in sustainable travel infrastructure? How does the eco town intend to change behaviour and attitudes to public transport? ( further detailed comments submitted)

BAAG has submitted 53 page detailed comments as a response to the masterplan consultation. In specific transport terms, BAAG raise significant numbers of comments, objections and detailed issues with the content of the masterplan and the associated ABA Transport Strategy.

All comments are noted. It is not intended to provide detailed comments to these points, but rather to address the overarching themes set out by BAAG which can be summarised as follows;

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Summary Comments

Response Action In overall terms, BAAG fails to recognise two very key factors; • The project is about regeneration of the town in the event that the MoD leaves and the MoD departure will bring forward the release of very significant areas of brownfield land. Development of this land in one way or another is inevitable and absolutely required, and moreover explicitly supported in current planning practice and policy. It is inevitable that the re-use or regeneration of the land would create travel demand and what the masterplan and transport work is trying to do is to focus this in a way that will generate the most sustainable patterns of development that may be possible. • This stage of the project, the Framework Masterplan, means that the full details of the project are not known and that there will inevitably be significant further work required. The ongoing work is beyond that which is normally required for this stage and demonstrates the commitment of the Eco-town project to basing future decisions on sound and credible evidence.

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CHAPTER 10: TRANSPORT AND MOVEMENT ID:NO Name BAAG

Summary Comments Response Action • The transport network is not capable of accommodating the traffic impact of The Eco-town project has commissioned the The work is due to begin in the masterplan proposals. development of a Strategic Transport Model which will early 2011 and is being carried consider and quantify the potential impact of a number out in close consultation with the of development scenarios on the transport network, Highways Agency and the local communities and the environment. This work will adjoining highway authority estimate travel demand, assign and distribute traffic (Surrey County Council). using the latest industry techniques and provide a comparative tool with which to make future decisions. The model covers a wide local area, including areas between the A3 and A31 and the roads leading to and from the communities within the area. The model will be able to estimate flow changes as a result of the development proposal on these roads and communities and the sensitive European sites surrounding the town. The model will inform a Stage 2 Transport Assessment which will look in greater detail at the impact of possible masterplan options and will consider and appraise infrastructure options that would be necessary to support development, including the treatment of the A325 and the Inner Relief Road.

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Summary Comments • The mode share and containment targets are unrealistic

Response Action The evidence base work (the Transport Model and Transport Assessment) are considering a range of mode share and containment scenarios to test the sensitivity of these assumptions and to investigate the impact of future strategies. The range of scenarios includes those at the upper end of the Eco-town targets, and those achieved more conventionally with large development in the UK. Containment of trips is clearly critical to the success of the town and to achieve a sustainable development. In order to achieve high levels of trip containment it is essential that the employment and retail development is delivered. An Economic Development Strategy is under preparation which will provide further information on how this development can be brought forward to support trip containment.

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Summary Comments • The public transport solutions are inadequate

Response Work is underway to consider the potential for direct rail connection to the town, either through the provision of heavy or light rail. A number of routing options are under consideration and the work, which is being carried out in close consultation with rail operators and providers, will consider whether there is a socio-economic business case for rail, and whether this would provide value for money. The Alan Baxter Transport Strategy has identified what future bus proposals may look like but these are not the detailed proposals. Concerns over individual routings are noted and consultation will be undertaken before specific proposals are implemented. It is agreed that further work on how these services may be funded is needed, and it is clear that the services will need pump-priming in the early years. Early work by HCC to consider a future sub-regional bus strategy, looking primarily at the longer distance connections between known origin and destinations, suggests that if the higher end modeshare targets are reached then there is the potential for bus services to become commercially viable in the longer term.

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Action Work will be brought forward as part of the Transport Assessment to consider how priority can be afforded to public transport over the private car.


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1.0

Summary Comments • The cycling proposals are inadequate • Parking proposals are inadequate

Response Action A walking and cycling strategy will be developed shortly to provide an overall strategy for the implementation of the Green Grid and also the longer distance external routes. This will consider routing options, viability and delivery constraints. A parking strategy will be developed to consider future parking provision and arrangements within the town, and the Transport Assessment will consider the role that more restricted car parking may play in impacting on mode share.

The large increase in the volume of traffic that four thousand new dwelling units will cause. Traffic generally may have been considered but a satisfactory plan has not, repeat not, been developed. The only satisfactory solution to the traffic problem is to bite the bullet and build a bypass to relieve all the through traffic moving to and from the south. Employment related commuting for new jobs?

The traffic impact of the masterplan on the local surrounding villages and communities will be considered in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed. This will quantify the impact of the masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures which will feed the Transport Strategy for the town. There is no by-pass proposed in the masterplan. The Masterplan proposes to distribute local traffic along a network of streets, and to manage through-traffic along both the inner relief road and the existing A325 corridor.

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CHAPTER 10: TRANSPORT AND MOVEMENT ID:NO Name 2.0

Summary Comments Response Improved rail networks to London would permit longer distance and shorter time The Rail Feasibility Study is considering the impact of commuting from the Midlands. SW trains will not be able to cope with more direct rail connection to the town, and takes into account commuters from Bordon and track infra structure cannot be updated in the the impact that such provision would have on rail densely populated SE area. The rural road network will not cope and neither will operation and infrastructure. major services such as police, fire, health etc The Transport Evidence Base will consider in detail the impact of the Masterplan on the local road networks.

The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local surrounding villages and communities will be considered in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed, which includes the A3 corridor (the Highways Agency are actively engaged in this work). This will quantify and provide a robust and credible evidence base and will begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures which will feed the Transport Strategy for the town.

3.2

Additional traffic on A3/A3 (M) not within its capacity and would cause unacceptable pressure on the existing road network. Credible transport network is essential for new housing, industry and commerce. Concerned about the impact on existing road network and is a fundamental issue.

4.0

Bus routes should be extended to surrounding villages e.g Oakhanger, The coverage of local bus routes has not been Blackmoor determined and will be subject to future consultation.

5.2

Bus service – reinstate as a quick win

Action Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan. Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local transport networks (including A3) and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

Ensure consultation on any future bus service improvement proposals. Improved bus services are part of the current quick wins Implement Transport Quick Win programme of transport improvements. Service Strategy including Bus Service improvements are likely to become available for Improvements. consultation towards the end of the year, and improvements on the ground in 2011.

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Summary Comments Response Trams seem more logical than heavy rail, you can get right in centre with light The potential for a rail connection to the town, both light rail. You don’t need a through train to London, just a good connection. Will and heavy rail, is being considered in the Rail Feasibility need a car park aswell Study currently being undertaken. Until the results are Headley Ford – exists and is one way. What is going to happen. It needs to be known ancillary facilities such as parking requirements a bridge. Freezing on the main road. What happens if MoD go – still GTV cannot be determined. There are not currently any plans for changes at Headley Ford, but this will be considered further as the results of the Evidence Base work emerge.

Action Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan. Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

7.3

Want to see the rail link and better buses to key main towns

Noted. A Rail Feasibility Study is currently being Complete the Rail Feasibility undertaken to consider the viability of rail connection to Study and ensure its findings the town and to establish a socio-economic business are fed into the Masterplan case for direct rail connection. The provision of bus linkages for both local and interurban connection is integral to the transport strategy for the town.

8.2

Rail link makes sense. • Standford Grange – Walk to not dirve to

The Rail Feasibility Study will consider the viability of Rail connection to the town. Measures to manage access to Standford Grange will develop from the HRA and Visitor Management Strategy.

Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan. Complete HRA work and ensure that the Visitor Management Strategy that is developed feeds into the next version of the Masterplan.

9.0

• Agrees with controlled development of Bordon following MoD departure. However town cannot sustain development of 5300 houses • Proposed transport links unrealistic • Existing rural roads can’t cope with any more traffic and can’t be expanded because they are all bounded by protected land

The impact of the proposed regeneration of Whitehill Bordon, should the MoD depart, on the local transport network is being considered as part of the Transport Evidence Base work.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

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Summary Comments • Bus : going south – issue, not correct – check detail • Traffic: bus hub – concern over location • Traffic through Woolmer Inclosure • Concern over dispersal of traffic

Response The distribution and assignment of traffic will be considered in detail within the Transport Evidence Base and the results of the work will identify any necessary improvements or measures. No definite location has been identified for the Transport Hub at this point, but in order to function properly this needs to be in a central site Bus routing options have not yet been defined in detail and the service proposals will be subject to consultation.

Action Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan. Ensure consultation on any future bus service routing options.

12.1

• Copy of Transport Strategy too please and programme for further studies. The Transport Strategy is available on www.whitehillbordon.com. Concerned that we won’t get jobs and that the planning system won’t help. • We need to get the right jobs and get the transport in place. Suggests we The emerging Transport Strategy does propose to have a comprehensive monitoring system so we review our impacts after every develop a Travel Monitoring System to consider the so many homes. Town needs investment and change, agrees with our efforts success of the strategy as it is implemented. to anticipate and plan for the future. Would like to see transport solutions. A Programme of further transport work is contained in the emerging Transport Strategy at http://tinyurl.com/transportworkprogramme

Complete Economic Development Strategy and include in the next version of the Masterplan. Include a Travel Monitoring Strategy in the Transport Strategy.

15.1

• Where is the traffic going to go (roads). • Concerned that buses may not be Options for rail routing are being considered as part of able to get in and out of Bordon – because of the A325. • How will Railway be the Rail Feasibility Study and this includes a number of routed to Liss (SPA and A3). different options. This work requires consideration of engineering constraints, such as the A3, and environmental designations. The impact of the Masterplan proposals on the local transport network are being considered within the Transport Evidence base which will distribute and assign traffic to the local roads in accordance with industry standard techniques and surveyed flows.

Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan. Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

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Summary Comments • The A325 needs to be dealt with (relief road).

Response The Masterplan sets out the provision of an inner relief road through the new development areas and management measures for the existing A325. The A325 strategy and treatment will be subject to further work and testing being carried out under the Transport Evidence Base, and the later iterations of the Masterplan will reflect the outcomes of his work.

18.2

• Public transport should be a priority to access Forest Centre, Phoenix Centre, Comments Noted. Local public transport links will serve Whitehill Town and Bordon key local attractions including the Forest Centre, town • Separate cycling lane should be introduced on High Street, Camp Road centre and wider areas of Whitehill and Bordon. As part of the Early Wins project a local bus service will be introduced to serve this function. Improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure are required on the A325 corridor, and the design of these works will be subject to the Walking and Cycling Strategy.

19.0

Public transport is crucial matter. Page 10/11 shows the SWT rail link bus Bordon to Liphook. This no longer exists, impacting on residents ability to get to the station. • Re jobs/leisure – public transport links need to be improved and sustained to encourage use, rather than personal transport. Lack of public facilities encourages the use of the car

Improvements to public transport are key to the success of the Transport Strategy and the Masterplan and its supporting documents set out a large range of public transport improvements. In association with the wider works set out in principle in the Emerging Transport Strategy, the Masterplan will bring a significantly improved public transport system that offers a real alternative to the private car.

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Action Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the A325 treatment and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

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21.1

Summary Comments • Problem of wide buses on small lanes. • Why does the ‘relief road’ have no bus route. • Concerned about tail back • Bus route going through a ford, problem with ice on the road. • Traffic going down new ‘relief road’ will make housing around it less pleasant • What is really needed is a cot and cover underpass – on A325 under Chalet Hill – makes it easier for people to get to Tesco • Why is the bus terminal not co-indent with Railway Station • Too many changes of transport, has heavy rail already been discounted? We want Bordon to be the Primary route – longer term. So should be direct heavy rail. Route to Bentley is better – takes you quickly to London • Error - Distances to Liphook and Liss station . looks wrong – check

Response The routing of local bus services has not been determined and the Transport Strategy provides one option. Prior to any services being confirmed additional work will be required to understand routing constraints and consultation will be undertaken. Severance across the A325 is an issue but before finalised solutions can be developed the final management of the A325 must be understood. If a significant proportion of traffic is removed from the A325, pedestrian severance will be reduced making crossing across the street easier and improving quality of public realm and walking experience. The potential for direct rail connection has not been ruled out at this stage and is being considered in the Rail Feasibility Study.

Action Check distances to Liss and Liphook in Transport Strategy document. Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan.

• Access to A3: Danger to traffic going through villages to get to Hindhead. Why isn’t there a North only access – via Liphook Road, Whitehill + B3004 – A3 in and with. Then traffic calming on village routes • Traffic calming: Suggest also needed at Grayshott and Diagram 4.0 Headley Down. How much heavy goods traffic will there be?

The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local surrounding villages and transport network will be considered in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed, which will begin to identify and develop any necessary mitigation measures which will feed the Transport Strategy for the town.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

• Increase frequency of No 18 on B roads should be increased instead

Consider Public Transport This was identified as part of the Sub-regional public transport strategy undertaken by HCC and forms part Strategy further in development of the Emerging Transport Strategy. This will be further of the Transport Strategy. considered following greater clarity on rail connection.

• Live on the Hogmoor Road and are concerned of rumours of all traffic being There are no plans to divert all traffic along Hogmoor diverted to Hogmoor Road Road.

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Summary Comments Wants improved infrastructure and transport

Response Noted. The Masterplan and supporting Transport Strategy set our measures designed to bring forward transport and infrastructure improvements. These will be further developed over the coming months and a number of projects are being advanced before development as part of the Early Wins projects, including transport projects

Action

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23.1

Transport congestion – A325 concern over how A325 will be used

The Masterplan sets out the provision of an Inner Relief Road through the new development areas and management measures for the existing A325. The A325 strategy and treatment will be subject to further work and testing being carried out under the Transport Evidence Base, and the later iterations of the Masterplan will reflect the outcomes of his work.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the A325 treatment and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

27.2

The masterplan is against universal use of the four wheeled transport. The fact is that 4 wheels are safer than 2 wheels. The vehicle of the future will be powered by hydrogen or some other non-polluting power source but the masterplan will forever condemn the good people of Bordon to be different from everyone else. No parking. No garages. No charging points – just bicycles to proceed.

The Masterplan is not against use of the car, but seeks to promote the use of more sustainable modes of transport where such alternatives exist and where this is viable. The Masterplan will include parking areas and charging points. It is too early to say how parking will be provided and what the house builders' plan would be for garages.

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Summary Comments Forest Road/Malmsbury Road be put on bus route – major traffic accident hotspot – asked for risk assessment under FOI but not got them. That route is on the masterplan and is operational. Near a playground, it’s a disaster. It’s tight when buses turn and have to swerve to get out of the way. Buses are noisy waking residents up. East to West town route. Bulk of time double deckers and empty. Noisy vehicles – severe disruption to local residents. Raised with HCC/bus company/Adam Carew. A325 – proposal to block off through traffic so traffic in Chalet Hill. A325 should be residents why no HGVs.

Response The Forest Road / Malmsbury Road route serves an important connection for the town wide route and links the existing and future town centre to key areas of existing population and the Masterplan proposals seek to improve bus access and offer alternatives to the private car. There will be consultation before any routing options are decided and bus services commissioned, and there will be an assessment of the suitability of the route. The Masterplan proposals identify smaller vehicles for this service. The A325 strategy and treatment will be subject to further work and testing being carried out under the Transport Evidence Base, and the later iterations of the Masterplan will reflect the outcomes of his work.

Action Ensure consultation on any proposed bus routings and take account of suitability of route. Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the A325 treatment and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

28.2

• Bus proposals look good • Need the railway

The potential for direct rail connection is being considered further under the Rail Feasibility Study.

Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan.

30.2

• Retention of the rail line protection

The Masterplan and EHDC Core Strategy provide a safeguard potential rail route into Bordon.

31.0

Concern about increased traffic on B3004.

The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local surrounding villages and transport network will be considered in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed, which includes the B3004. This will provide a robust and credible evidence base and will begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures which will feed the Transport Strategy for the town.

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Summary Comments Border issues Parish Council not aware of being asked Rail link, Bus link, Concern over traffic, downturn in workplace

Response The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local surrounding villages and transport network will be considered in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed. This will provide a robust and credible evidence base and will begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures which will feed the Transport Strategy for the town. Proposals for bus services are subject to further work and will be fully consulted upon when detailed proposals are available. The Rail Feasibility Study will identify the potential for direct rail connection to the town.

Action Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan. Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan. Ensure consultation on any future bus service improvements to include neighbouring parishes and towns.

35.1

Traffic along Hollywater Road – concern

The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local transport network, including Hollywater Road, will be considered in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed. This will provide assessment of the impact of the proposals and will begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

37.0

The best idea is having the new railway.

The potential for direct rail connection is being considered further in the Rail Feasibility Study.

Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan.

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Summary Comments Response • Transport – new bus proposals look good. Suggest smaller capacity buses on Comments on type of buses to be used are noted. it town route initially for ease of traffic in parked areas – electric/diesel buses. Any transport hub would be Disability Discrimination Act • Disabled access not mentioned in plans for transport hub – is this an (DDA) compliant and this will be considered further oversight? during the detailed design of the hub. The • Charging points for electric car at home and in town (work places) Transport Strategy encourages the introduction of • Make it more expensive to park petrol cars than e.v. Charging Points throughout the town, which will include • Can disabled car users still access town centre? local facilities and residential areas. There will be provision for disabled car parking facilities in the new town centre. The scale and nature of this provision would be considered further in the Parking Strategy. Incentives to use alternative fuel vehicles will be considered and may include parking pricing.

Action Give further consideration to the type and fuelling of future bus proposals. Ensure that the Transport Hub is DDA Compliant. Ensure the Parking Strategy considers provision in the town centre for disabled parking.

39.1

• Concern about through traffic, The increase in traffic has killed the high street, The key to transport is employment • Some people living in Bordon Annington work in Odiham and Gosport • As long as there is lots of traffic calming I won’t mind

Agree that ensuring significant and adequate employment within the town is essential to the Transport Strategy. Without substantial levels of jobs there will be high out-commuting, and less potential for significant mode shift. A Traffic Management Strategy will be brought forward to consider how traffic will be managed within the town and on the local transport network and this will include consideration of any engineering traffic management measures that will be necessary.

Develop an Economic Development Strategy to ensure that Whitehill Bordon is able to attract commercial employers to the town and create essential employment. Undertake the Traffic Management Strategy to consider what engineering measures may be required to manage traffic in the town and on local roads.

40.0

• As an Eco-town it is not viable as a rail link preferably to Liss • Salisbury govt spent £1million, should be run by social units not by private company • Public transport should be a fundamental consideration, without which Ecotown is not viable

Public Transport provision is a fundamental Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings consideration of the future Transport Strategy of the town and will be essential in creating a sustainable are fed into the Masterplan. community. The emerging Transport Strategy sets out the principles of the future public transport systems, and the Rail Feasibility Study is considering the potential for direct rail connection to the town.

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Summary Comments Not convinced getting small buses on small rounds. Not clear in the masterplan. Are the bus companies going to use small green buses and if not can we ensure they do.Empty double decker buses, dangerous, 13 or 18 to Aldershot.A325 is proposed to block off through traffic so traffic pulls out in Chalet Hill – people will be choked out.Forest Road traffic calming is more of a hazard than anything else.

Response Action Liaison with the bus operators is an important element Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in in shaping the nature of services provided and discussions are already underway, particularly in relation relation to the A325 treatment to the early wins bus service improvements. The PT and include outputs in the next strategy will require further refinement in the coming iteration of the Masterplan. months. The future operation of the A325 is being considered in the Transport Evidence Base work which will consider a range of options for the A325 corridor and inner relief road, and will test these before providing a recommended solution.

44.0

• Bus proposals are good Noted • Good shopping facilities and proposed new town centre will save car journeys out of town for basic amenities and save on petrol

45.0

• Transport between Bordon and other settlements is important • Make adequate free parking provision • Public transport needs to link to health services/hospitals • Should the road go along the side of the railway route at the edge of Hogmoor

Inter-urban transport is important and the Transport Strategy recognises that whilst trip containment is a key aim of the strategy, there will remain an important desire for travel between other settlements. The Transport Strategy sets out measures to achieve this by non-car modes. Similarly links to healthcare are important and will be subject to further consideration A Parking Strategy will be developed which will consider the level of parking provision and the role of parking charges in achieving the Eco-town aims. The Parking Strategy will need to consider its impact on the viability and attractiveness of creating growth in the town.

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Develop a Parking Strategy for the town. Ensure consultation on Public Transport options.


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Summary Comments Transport – the concern is that the public transport will never be self sufficient.

Response Initial work suggests that should the mode share targets be met then the public transport systems would be capable of becoming commercially viable in the longer term. Further work on this matter will be required as the plans progress, and when there is greater direction on the potential for a rail link.

Action Continue development of the Public Transport Strategy as part of the emerging Transport Strategy work.

48.0

We are concerned over parking in existing streets. We didn’t know about how The potential for direct rail connection is being open the County Council was. How much will the losses cost. It’s got to be considered further under the Rail Feasibility Study. frequent and cheap. We’d be interested in cycling systems. I think people The Masterplan proposals include for frequent bus would be open to cycle to work if people had facilities at work. This should be travel within the town and connecting to other local imposed by planning regulations. People don’t cycle because the car has destinations. Cycling can play an important role in the priority. It should be pedestrian priority. We don’t want to be cut off from future of town travel and on-site facilities such as everywhere else. We think the rail link is essential whatever happens. We need adequate cycle parking and showering / changing better links to the A31. Busses at the moment are impossible. It is difficult for facilities will be included in development proposals, kids in the town – buses can’t take them. controlled by planning conditions. The Masterplan proposes a network of green connections, which will provide walkers and cyclists with safe and attractive routes which are not dominated by the car and enable high quality environments for people to travel.

50.1

Place road under A325.

This option is not feasible or necessary. The Masterplan proposes to manage travel along the A325 and provides proposals for the creation of an inner relief road to distribute traffic thus reducing impact on any one route.

52.0

• Transport – through new development, details are not clear

Consider detail of transport As a strategic Masterplan the proposals in the Masterplan provide only the principles at this stage. As arrangements in detailed the proposals develop and are worked up, greater detail proposals. will be provided on what infrastructure will be provided in the new development areas.

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Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan. Ensure adequate cycling facilities within destination development. Implement the Green Grid.


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54.0

Summary Comments Response • A325 road concerns – future impact, proposed road infrastructure, Idea is The Masterplan sets out the provision of an inner relief great but transport? road through the new development areas and management measures for the existing A325. The A325 strategy and treatment will be subject to further work and testing being carried out under the Transport Evidence Base, and the later iterations of the Masterplan will reflect the outcomes of this work.

• Would like the next version of the masterplan to include an assessment of the traffic impact on the surrounding villages. • Concerned that public transport might not be viable. • Rail connection is important but not via the Liss route. • Why on major routes are proposed bus services only 2 an hour whereas the smaller loops are 4 an hour. Pleas consult on the routes as the ones suggested by the traffic consultants don’t make sense. • Can we address the school runs which clog up the local roads?

Action Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the A325 treatment and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local surrounding villages and communities will be considered in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed. This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures. The viability of Public Transport services will be considered in greater detail as proposals emerge and the Evidence Base work is complete. Initial work suggests that should the mode share targets be met then the public transport solution would be commercially viable following full occupation. The potential for direct rail connection is being considered under the Rail Feasibility Study which includes consideration of a number of routing options. Longer distance bus routes do not require such high frequency as shorter routes when balanced against generalised cost factors and the level of demand.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the A325 treatment and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

Full route options will be subject to consultation. School transport is an important factor which will be given full consideration. The location of the new secondary school is an important consideration in this matter.

Ensure Consultation of future bus service options.

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Summary Comments Train station would be nice for Bordon.

Response The potential for direct rail connection is being considered further in the Rail Feasibility Study.

Action Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan

56.2

We are concerned about the traffic – we think the new layout would be good. The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local The round town buses would be handy - would be safe for a child. Cycling surrounding villages and communities will be considered routes would be good for kids. in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed. This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

59.0

Traffic and transport impact of new development– main issues

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

61.0

It is the opinion of Liss Parish Council, that the only solution for a successful Eco The potential for direct rail connection is being Town Project is for some sort of rail link, most feasibly a light rail line, as part of considered further under the Rail Feasibility Study, the Project from the beginning. Environmental impact could be reduced by which is considering options for light and heavy rail. installing an elevated light rail system, this would dramatically increase the costs Elevated systems are not at this point being considered and are likely to be prohibitively costly. The potential for though. Park and Ride is only as good as the service that links the P&R to where Park and Ride within the town transport strategy will be considered further as part of the Parking Strategy. people need to go. A well aligned North/South rail link could greatly reduce car use in the area as Shipwrights Way would play a role in providing for people could start and finish their journeys near enough to their houses to walk leisure cycling facilities as part of the future town but will not be a heavily used commuter route. or cycle. Shipwrights Way would have little impact on the Eco Town proposals. From what we gather, the idea is to encourage residents to cycle from their homes to local shops, local schools and local places of work, not particularly for encouraging cycling to and from farther afield.

The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local surrounding villages and communities will be considered in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed. This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures.

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Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan. Undertake a Parking Strategy to further consider the role that Park and Ride may play.


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Summary Comments Response Inadequate transport links for the inevitable increased road traffic. Difficulty for The potential for direct rail connection is being increased rail commuters e.g. parking at Bentley is already inadequate. The rail considered further under the Rail Feasibility Study. link is a pipe dream! The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local surrounding villages and communities will be considered in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed. This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures.

Action Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan. Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

66.0

I am totally opposed to Whitehill and Bordon becoming an Eco Town on the The potential for direct rail connection is being grounds that the A325 is not scheduled to be diverted and that no firm considered further in the Rail Feasibility Study. There are no proposals to divert the A325 but the commitment has been given to give Bordon a train service. Masterplan does propose the construction of an inner relief road and the management of traffic on both this corridor and the existing A325 corridor in order to manage traffic effectively in the town. The Transport Evidence Base and Transport Model will develop these concepts and test options for the A325 treatment.

Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan. Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the A325 treatment and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

67.1

It would be hard to think of a worse location for such a large housing The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local development. Bordon has very poor travel links, no trains, weak bus services surrounding villages and communities will be considered and only the already overcrowded A325. in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed. This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures. Significant improvement are proposed to the public transport system to offer an alternative to car travel, and creating jobs, services and shopping within the town will reduce the level of external travel needed.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

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Summary Comments Response The traffic coming from Liphook, Headley via Lindford currently flows to the Comments noted - This will be consider further during Bordon fire station traffic lights following a change at Broxhead blocking access the development of the Evidence Base and when future to the A325 North at the Kingsley traffic lights (Near the Country Market) some scenarios are tested. The County Council has years ago. In the future as part of the masterplan it might be a good thing to previously looked at opening up Broxhead Farm Road route this through traffic back via Broxhead and away from the town. This would but there are significant engineering and environmental mean proper road merging further up the A325 as opposed to a T junction to constraints which would need to be overcome. keep the traffic flowing, but would stop unnecessary traffic flows in towards the town at this point (especially if there is to be a school on station road in addition to the employment area) and traffic coming from the south as well as increased local traffic.

Action Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

The potential for direct rail connection is being considered further in the Rail Feasibility Study. The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local surrounding villages and communities will be considered in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed. This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures.

Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan. Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

71.0

We live in Frith End, just off the A325. The proposed development will cause a massive increase in traffic on the already very busy A325 from commuters, commercial transport and as a result of increased new housing. As the new rail link is uneconomic and will therefore not be built, it will cause further traffic increase and Bentley Station will become even more overwhelmed with commuters, with nowhere to park, which is a problem even now.

73.0

It is already fairly busy at any time of day, and badly congested at peak times. The new development areas cannot be considered to What would it be like if you move 10,000+ more people into Bordon? There's no represent wholly new development. The existing land other main road in/out of Bordon. Nowhere else for the traffic to go. People are provides a use and generates traffic. The Transport used to using their car from home to work. Even if the proposed new railway link Evidence Base work will consider the additional impact ever actually happens I really don't think it will be greatly used. Commute to of the Masterplan above existing and permitted uses to London via Farnham, when main-line Liphook station is only 4 miles away? I consider the impact of development on the local think not. transport network.

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Summary Comments Response The roads have a serious problem now, without adding a new town onto the The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local map without a supporting transport infrastructure master plan. I live in surrounding villages and communities, including Oakhanger village and see the development as a future nightmare to worsen Oakhanger, will be considered in detail within the the current situation where Oakhanger’s narrow road is already a rat run for Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence cars and illegal lorries wanting to miss Bordon and get straight to Alton and the Base that is currently being developed. This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local communities and road network north; e.g. M3 and A31. begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures.

Action Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

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This will undoubtedly produce a gridlocked road system for the surrounding The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local area and result in urbanizing this rural environment. How can this be considered surrounding villages and communities will be considered an 'eco-town'? Even if the improbable rail link were to happen, there will be in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport considerably more traffic on the very busy existing roads. Particularly affected Model and Evidence Base that is currently being would be the already inadequate A325 and the country lanes through developed. This will quantify the impact of the surrounding villages where car use is very high. Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures. The potential for direct rail connection is being considered further under the Rail Feasibility Study.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan. Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan.

78.0

There is no infrastructure in place and never will be to cope with the increase in The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local traffic which will be 2 fold. Public transport is very poor, buses are not reliable surrounding villages and communities will be considered and as for a railway system that is pie in the sky. in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed. This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures. The potential for direct rail connection is being considered further under the Rail Feasibility Study.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan. Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan

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Summary Comments Response I also would not want a Bus Hub on the top of Chalet Hill on the A325. The The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local diverted cars and lorries and roaring motorbikes would ruin our Country lanes surrounding villages and communities will be considered and our lovely small villages, and our way of life, and very possibly increase in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport accidents, as there are no pedestrian pavements along country lanes. An Model and Evidence Base that is currently being increase in community buses, and a dedicated hospital bus, (which we used to developed. This will quantify the impact of the have), would be a much better use of the ÂŁ10 million. Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures. Significant improvement are proposed to the public transport system to offer an alternative to car travel, and creating jobs, services and shopping within the town will reduce the level of external travel needed. The location of the Transport Hub is not set at this point but in order to be effective would need to be centrally located within the new town. The Early Wins projects include proposals for improved local bus services, likely to come forward in 2011. Comments noted re: hospital links.

Action Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan. Implement Transport Early Wins. Consider demand for trips to hospitals.

If the plans to develop the town proceed then a new dual carriage way needs to The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local be constructed between Bordon and the A3. surrounding villages and communities will be considered in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed. This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures and any improvements that may be necessary to existing infrastructure and road links. A dual carriageway to the A3 is not likely to be necessary.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

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Summary Comments Response To think that this is the town an EHDC Press Release stated in September It is likely that the public transport strategy will need to 2008 "could have fewer cars clogging up the roads than anywhere else in the be pump-primed with subsidies in the early years. country, it was revealed to day." Developers funding will be sought to achieve this. Initial 10.7 It is therefore not reassuring to read that "the level of development could work suggests that if the mode share targets are met increase the overall movement within the town by 80%". then future bus services could become commercially 10.15 There is huge reliance on bus travel, to the extent that it is hard to believe viable. that this is financially viable. Recent experiences with bus services here are not reassuring. If indeed these services are to be in place in advance of The Transport Strategy does set out that public development, they will clearly need considerable subsidies to cope with the transport priority measures will provide journey time benefits over the private car. The manner in which these initial over-provision, to attract people away from cars. 10.18 There is a level of desperation in this chapter which suggests that this is are to be provided have not been detailed at this point, just the wrong place to build so many more homes. There is nothing in the plan but include potential uses for the rail corridor and the to suggest that buses will be any less delayed by traffic, than the cars they are A325 corridors, as well as use of traffic management measures. intended to replace.

Action Develop detail of public transport priority measures through the emerging Transport Strategy.

10.20 Unless Bordon can emulate the Dutch example of dedicated bicycle The Masterplan includes proposals for the creation of lanes and tracks, it is hard to see how this can be used here as a serious the Green Grid and Green Loop which will include strategic alternative to walking or driving. dedicated facilities for cyclists. 10.36 Squeezing car parking is a strategy doomed to fail and can only result in A Parking Strategy will be developed to consider in cars parked on pedestrian areas. more detail the provision and nature of management of 10.46 Rail seems to have been downgraded as a possibility, which may save parking within the town. some further attrition to Hogmoor Inclosure. The potential for direct rail connection is being The strategies and examples in this chapter seem to apply to a city situation considered further under the Rail Feasibility Study, rather a small country town which includes a socio-economic assessment of viability.

Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan. Undertake a Parking Strategy to consider town wide parking provision and management

The idea of putting a relief road through the proposed new housing developments and, I see, past a new primary school, is pretty unfathomable.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the A325 treatment and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

The Masterplan sets out the provision of an inner relief road through the new development areas and management measures for the existing A325. The A325 strategy and treatment will be subject to further work and testing being carried out under the Transport Evidence Base, and the later iterations of the Masterplan will reflect the outcomes of his work.

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Summary Comments Response The road access is poor, with an already overcrowded A325 the only viable The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local main route. The bus services are poor, with recent restrictions to the mainline surrounding villages and communities will be considered railway at Liphook whilst the projected introduction of a railway is pie in the sky in detail, including the A325 corridor, within the Strategic because of the uneconomic costs and land procurement difficulties. If there is Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is insignificant increased demand, the various railway companies will not be currently being developed. This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local communities and begin to interested in providing the facility. develop any necessary mitigation measures. The potential for direct rail connection is being considered further under the Rail Feasibility Study.

Action Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan. Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan.

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The transport infrastructure in the local area is woefully inadequate. A railway The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local station in Bordon must be the first priority. There is only one route through surrounding villages and communities will be considered Bordon - the A325, a single lane carriageway which has accident black spots. I in detail, including the A325 corridor, within the Strategic have witnessed serious accidents during my three years in this area. Indeed, Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is during the last bitter winter, Bordon was cut off for a while. The town is some currently being developed. This will quantify the impact distance from the M3 and the A3 was closed at one point. of the Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures. The potential for direct rail connection is being considered further under the Rail Feasibility Study.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan. Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan.

97.0

The A325 is practically non stop at rush hour already - any amount of extra traffic is unacceptable - IT WILL HAPPEN - the houses will come before any transport hub and even with extra bus services etc it will not be practical for people to use public transport in this area - we are just too far from any large town/city for this to work. We ARE NOT an urban area - this is the countryside we WILL use our cars - there is no choice and no economically viable way of providing a good enough public transport system to remove enough car journeys from the area to make this work.

The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local surrounding villages and communities will be considered in detail, including the A325 corridor, within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed. This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures.

Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

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Summary Comments Response 10.2 These surveys are fundamental to any significant development and should This is not the final Masterplan and will remain a live have been completed before drafting of a masterplan. No approval of the plan document that will take account of ongoing and future can be sought before they are completed and their recommendations work. The routings of the future bus services have not been determined and the diagram is providing a implemented. 10.6 Service personnel form a disproportionately small percentage of the diagrammatic representation of the principles of bus existing traffic as they live and work on site and are seen to normally walk to the improvements. Any future routing would be subject to consultation. It is accepted that High Street and cycle to the Forest Centre. any transport improvements along the A325 corridor 10.16 Very few, if any mini-buses have 30 seats! Is it seriously proposed that buses should drive from the Selborne road through would need to take account of local environmental West Worldham to Oakhanger along a single track road with a few passing designations and constraints. places (including a sunken lane) 4 each way per hour!!!? 10.26 The A325 adjoins protected sites both to the North and South of Whitehill Bordon precluding any adjacent development.

Action Ensure consultation of future bus service options.

Massive traffic increases from new housing, commuters and commercial The potential for direct rail connection is being transport, even with public transport improvement , new rail link is considered considered further under the Rail Feasibility Study, uneconomic, therefore will not be built, causing further traffic increase. which includes a socio-economic assessment of viability. The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the local surrounding villages and communities will be considered in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently being developed. This will quantify the impact of the Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop any necessary mitigation measures.

Complete the Rail Feasibility Study and ensure its findings are fed into the Masterplan. Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.

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Summary Comments Response I am writing to oppose the proposed bus route through Hartley Mauditt and The routings of the future bus services have not been West Worldham. This proposal is complete madness. The road from determined and the diagram is providing a Oakhanger through Hartley Mauditt to West Worldham is a country lane - diagrammatic representation of the principles of bus narrow with high sided banks and verges. It is a difficult lane to negotiate at the improvements. Any future routing would be subject to moment in a car let alone buses several times a day! West Worldham and consultation. The traffic impact of the Masterplan on the Hartley Mauditt are two small very rural hamlets consisting of houses lived in by local surrounding villages and communities will be families with children. The lane is already dangerous as some people use the considered in detail within the Strategic Multi-Modal road as a cut through from Bordon to Alton and speeding is a big problem too. Transport Model and Evidence Base that is currently The lane is not suitable for general traffic let alone people speeding. Something being developed. This will quantify the impact of the needs to be done to significantly reduce traffic and speeds. It is not suitable for Masterplan on local communities and begin to develop general traffic but for access only, it is 'naturally' too narrow, it is a single track any necessary mitigation measures. road.

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Action Ensure Consultation of future bus service options. Consider findings of the Transport Evidence Base in relation to the local road networks, and include outputs in the next iteration of the Masterplan.


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5.4

South Downs The Authority is concerned at the potential sterilisation of the mineral resource This will need to be examined as part of the feasibility National Park by the proposed development, and considers that the avoidance of sterilisation work as sites come forward for development. Authority should be addressed through the masterplan with the phasing of development to allow for minerals investigation and, if possible, extraction, in order to reduce or remove pressure for mineral extraction within the Park (as identified in the Sustainability Appraisal).

2.4

Lindford Parish Council

5.3

South Downs The Authority welcomes and supports the proposed energy consumption Comments noted - thank you. National Park reduction and renewable energy measures, particularly the use of biomass Authority from local forestry plantations.

7.1

Thames Paragraphs 2.74 and 2.75 on Page 61 relate to the Bordon Sewage Treatment An outline Water Cycle Strategy will be completed to Water Utilities Works (STW).The Bordon STW currently serves a population equivalent of help address this issue. Ltd circa 38,700. The proposed Eco Town is likely to increase the demand on the works by circa 38% and therefore upgrades will be required.Assuming that land at the existing site is available to further expand, the time to provide this additional capacity should not be underestimated and could take 3-5 years once funding has been identified. Further complications could be encountered if, as a result of the scale of growth, the Environment Agency determine that the final effluent released back into the local water course needs to be treated to a better standard. It may be that the existing works cannot do this and more extensive upgrades are required. The worst case scenario would be that the required quality of the effluent is so high that recognised sewage treatment processes can’t treat the water to the quality required which would restrict the potential for growth. As such the Environment Agency should be engaged as early as possible to determine this.

The Parish Council also has concerns about whether the sewage works Further work is needed to address water cycle issues. serving the area and situated in Lindford will have the capacity for the additional homes that are due to be built in the eco-town.

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Action Include investigation of the potential for mineral extraction as development sites come forward.

An outline Water Cycle Strategy will be completed to help address this issue.

An outline Water Cycle Strategy will be completed to help address this issue.


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Thames Further issues could be that the receiving watercourse could not accommodate Comments noted. Water Utilities the increase in flows without causing downstream flooding and again the Ltd Environment Agency needs to be engaged as early as possible to determine this.Should it be deemed that a brand new sewage treatment works with a new consent is required then it is not inconceivable that it could take 7-10 years to be delivered. Sewerage Network Extensive sewerage network upgrades will be required to serve the development and the time to provide this additional capacity should not be underestimated and could take 3-5 years once funding has been identified.

9.4

Headley Parish Council

As there is a shortage of water in the locality there would be an advantage to An outline Water Cycle Strategy will be completed to Bordon and to the surrounding area if serious consideration were given to part help address this issue. of the ex-military land being made into a reservoir for recreational purposes and as a back up water supply in drought years. This would be filled from winter rainfall which would make the town and surrounding area more ecofriendly. The reservoir would be created as a result of sand-winning, which otherwise would be sterilised, and as such be contrary to the County Minerals Plan.

18.3 Forestry 11.12 Good to see the reference to the Biomass Energy Centre at Alice Holt. Commission 22.5 Selborne Parish Council

Action An outline Water Cycle Strategy will be completed to help address this issue.

An outline Water Cycle Strategy will be completed to help address this issue.

Comments noted - thank you.

Biomass CHP. Moving the biomass to the CHP will generate large numbers of Energy feasibility work will consider the role of CHP in vehicle movements, which are not detailed. They’ll have to be on the A325. the Eco-town and re-confirm wind data. Wind Turbine. The conductor of the “preliminary investigation” clearly got the wrong data.

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Include this in the energy feasibility work.


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Action

The Regional Spatial Strategy is still a relevant policy Amend Page 27 ref. to RSS. 7.2 Thames The policy context for the Masterplan is set out on page 27 of the document. document. We anticipate change and we will make An additional text to be Water Utilities This includes reference to the Regional Strategy ‘The South East Plan’ that included in the Core Strategy Ltd has recently been revoked. I understand from recent correspondence with East alterations once that change has been clarified. and liaise with Thames Water Hampshire District Council that it is unlikely that the proposed housing figures to discuss the specific issues for the district will change.As a consequence of the revocation of the Regional relating to these policies. Strategy, Policy AOSR3 which is referred to in the Masterplan is no longer applicable. Neither is Policy NRM2 which relates to water quality and the need to provide wastewater infrastructure capacity to meet planned demand. Given the loss of the policies within the Regional Strategy it is important that suitable robust policies to support the proposed Whitehill Bordon development and water quality are provided within the Core Strategy. Consequently it is considered that the loss of the Regional Strategy provides greater justification for the suggested policy and additional supporting text to be included in the emerging Core Strategy (as set out in our comments on the Core Strategy Preferred Options consultation).

36.4

Environment is a main concern especially. How will monitoring stop things if it Monitoring arrangements will be embedded into all the doesn’t work. appropriate plans and strategies to ensure long term sustainability. Development will occur over a long period. If actual impacts are not the same as anticipated impacts then future planning applications may be subject to different requirements.

47.0

If more communal bins were available we’d use them. Positions – recycling Comments noted - thank you. collection at the end of every street, works in other countries.

49.1

Sewage works smell at Taylors Lane. Chase Road.

Comments noted - thank you.

53.1

• Combined heat and power CHP, energy study is very basic.

Further energy studies have been commissioned, Consider CHP in Energy these will consider combined heat and power (CHP) as Feasibility Work. one option.

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Establish a programme and budget for long term environmental monitoringand management.


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Summary Comments

Response

The recycling centre is good but it’s oversubscribed. Have smaller more Waste management will be considered as part of a dispersed recycling centres. multi-utility service to ensure waste can be managed sustainably within the Eco-town. Water supply to new housing?

Action Consider recycling waste within sustainable waste management planning.

All water in the area is currently drawn from groundwater supplies. Three options are available to supply the town in the future: South East Water resources, the MoD boreholes and well or a combination of the two. Further detailed work is required to assess most appropriate option. Further details are available in the Outline Water Cycle Study (Halcrow 2009).

60.3

As a chartered engineer I appreciate the need to provide better environmental Comments noted thank you. & energy saving solutions but these claims really do not add up to anything more than a consultants Utopian dream.

88.8

11.3 This is a demanding but realistic paragraph which goes against the overoptimistic tone of many earlier statements. 11.4 Claiming that the whole town will be carbon neutral before a study of energy needs has even been undertaken is optimistic, if not irresponsible. 11.8 A biomass CHP plant, sited near Broxhead Common could affect that and other designated sites through increasing air pollution, depending on wind direction. 11.12 Where is the evidence that Alice Holt forest can supply sufficient material - continuously - to fulfil this ambition ? 11.32 The idea of an anaerobic digester at Selborne Brickworks is another recipe for regular heavy truck movements. The Eco-town should not export its energy problems to unsuitable sites in outlying villages. This is already the cause of considerable local concern. 11.38 Suggests desirable water economy measures, but again if the town seeks to be "water neutral", this needs a precise definition as well as an explanation of why new water pipelines are being installed right now.

The aspirations for the Whitehill Bordon Masterplan remain to provide exemplar sustainable development for new and existing communities. The masterplan acknowledges that further work is needed, but the vision is clear and should remain the overriding goal. Further energy studies have been commissioned, these will consider CHP as one option.

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11.19 This describes Passiv Haus standards as a "target", so this aspiration has clearly now been downgraded to meet reality. If retrofitting the existing housing is optional - how can the whole town ever be carbon neutral ? 11.54 This is the reality. People will have to want to make carbon reductions.

99.8

11.2 Surely these studies should have been carried out before the masterplan Further energy studies have been commissioned, and the expenditure of considerable sums. If they can not be resolved then these will consider CHP as one option. The aspirations the proposed scale of development can not go ahead. for the Whitehill Bordon Masterplan remain to provide 11.4 As above at 11.2 exemplar sustainable development for new and Fig 11.1 The CHP is within 400m of Broxhead Common SPA and the HRA existing communities. The masterplan acknowledges report has already pointed out that the CHP could adversely effect the protect that further work is needed, but the vision is clear and sites wherever it was sited and this must be even more likely with it adjacent to should remain the overall goal. an SPA 11.7 The impacts must be avoided not merely mitigated. 11.12 It is to be noted that no calculation or data is produced as to the likely consumption of timber to fuel the CHP and as to how long it would be before all local timber had been consumed and the length of time required to replace the variety of trees felled as fuel. 11.14 No reference is made to the inbuilt carbon in PV cells which renders them as net carbon producers, even if written off over the whole of their estimated life. 11.28 If such scheme is viable why has it not already been implemented as an “early win�? 11.36 The report appears to suggest that by various means, meters, increased charges, etc the water consumption of the existing homes will be halved and the half saved will supply t 11.40 Any enlargement will be in breach of all assurances given when the recent Charles Church site was being built.

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Response

18.4 Forestry 12.24 Shipwrights Way should be in Phase 1 as an early success. This will Comments welcome and noted. Commission enable the process to alter the way people travel at an early stage In the table under Transport the Shipwrights Way should be mentioned as a Master Plan response. In the Table under Green Infrastructure there is no mention of making the GI as economically sustainable as possible as a source of wood fuel for example. 21.1 RSPB

Action Shipwrights Way will be included under the emerging Green Infrastructure Strategy work and consider economic sustainability.

We are further concerned to see that the Council considers that the Eco-town The Evidence Base Studies supporting the masterplan Ensure that a robust avoidance scheme is likely to be “developed in phases with different developers chosen for and LDF Core Strategy are expected to be completed and mitigation plan in place each phase”(12.15), with the first phase of development predicted to delivery prior to the submission of the Core Strategy in 2011. ahead of any development 350 additional houses by as early as 2015. The Masterplan further suggests The HRA work is an iterative process and will need to work. Link the Environmental that these first houses will be developed in plots limited to 80 houses per be revisited as the further studies are completed and and Bio-Diversity Studies to the developer (12.43). It is difficult to see how it will be possible to deliver the critical phasing plan refined. Any development will need to go project phasing and delivery. strategic avoidance and mitigation in line with this first phase of housing when so through the Statutory Planning Process and the site much of the detailed design and assessment of the necessary measures specific studies, avoidance and mitigation plans will also remains to be carried out. Without a robust avoidance and mitigation plan in be required to be carried out. A plot size of 80 houses place ahead of any development work, the Council will not be able to ensure is indicative at this stage and will be reviewed once the that mitigation continues to come forward in a timely, coordinated and strategic 'Infrastructure and Delivery' is prepared. The intention behind smaller plot sizes is to allow better control over fashion, and to the necessary standard. design quality and phased delivery of the projects not resulting in an over or under supply.

Clauses 12.8-12.23 covers development viability and goes some way towards Further to the Government's Spending Review, it is 26.3 Annington Property recognising that public and private support is the only way that the proposals will unlikely that substantial funding will come forward from Limited (APL) come to fruition. Clause 12.21 says that significant levels of Government the government in the short term. However it should be funding ‘could’ be provided. It is APL’s opinion that without this injection of noted that government funding will always be available substantial funds some elements of the project could flounder. Clause 12.23 to some degree for key services and public functions. requires better recognition that land-owners’ returns cannot all be ‘maximised’. The project will rely on successful public-private The term ‘optimised’ is better and indicates that it is essential that all landowning partnership. In accordance with PPS 12, a separate parties must work together in taking the project forward if it is to succeed on all viability and infrastructure cost plan will be prepared and published prior to submission of the Core Strategy. levels.

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Summary Comments

Response

Action

Defence Estates

Phase 2 – it is noted that all SANGs is to be secured before major development Both comments noted. It is still an early stage to decide Noted for the preparation of the can commence on Stage 2. Does this mean that the land should be transferred the exact details for the land transfer and its impact on viability and infrastructure cost to control of the delivery body, or does it mean the land should be laid out as the development appraisal model. Same applies to plan. SANGs prior to commencement of development? The latter would require an Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and S106 amendment to the development appraisal model. (Developers Contributions) mechanisms to deliver the The masterplan is silent on Community Infrastructure Levy. Further discussion long term infrastructure. is required between the landowners and EHDC as planning authority in order to understand whether CIL would be appropriate and how it would relate to S106 obligations.

BAAG

Submitted 53 page long detailed response on the masterplan and supporting All the detailed comments are noted. Some comments Viability Study to publish clear figures. documents. Overall Comment on this chapter: This Chapter gives various have been responded to elsewhere in this chapter. ‘bland’ objectives but contains no data or evidence at all as to the calculations (even simplified) leading to a Net Residual Value of £32m or the sensitivities including the effect of reducing the number of homes and projected s.106 contributions from any future developers.

EHDC Planning Policy Team

Delivery and Implementation Chapter (Page 195): this will be a key part of any Comments noted. The draft masterplan is based on a In accordance with PPS 12, a masterplan and will need to contain a significant amount of detail to address the number of previous studies and financial viability separate viability and requirements of PPS12. In terms of any future independent examination it will assessments. It is an evolving piece of work and will be infrastructure cost plan will be be necessary to provide a detailed implementation plan for the proposals in refined at each stage of the masterplan. We understand prepared and published prior to order for them to be found sound. In this respect the guidance in PPS12 is its importance in a 'soundness' test for a robust submission of the Core helpful and sets out that LPAs should identify, as far as possible: planning policy framework. Strategy. It should include - infrastructure needs and costs - infrastructure needs and costs - phasing of development - phasing of development - funding sources; and - funding sources - responsibilities for delivery. - responsibilities for delivery. If this level of detail is not to be contained in the main masterplan document then there will be a need to include this as a separate document that stands alongside and supports the masterplan. It may also be helpful to take further guidance specifically in relation to eco-town delivery set out in the relevant ecotown worksheet. It may also be helpful to take account of the advice contained in the PINS LDF Advisory Visit Inspector’s Advice Note (March 2010) and the requirements set out in relation to infrastructure delivery.

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Hampshire County Council

Summary Comments

Response

Further detailed design and development work is required over the next few Comments noted. years in taking the masterplan forward. HCC Countryside Service would like to work with the implementation team to influence the further studies and assist in the delivery of some of the projects identified in the masterplan and in the attached report.

2.2

Who is going to finance this – the public sector needs to save not spend? Why This will be a public-private partnership of some sort. would the private sector want to invest in housing when house prices are set to Details not yet agreed, more viability work underway. decline in next 10 years?

27.1

The MoD are not going to donate this land and HM Government is not going to The details and sensitivity tests will be carried out when underwrite this scheme. MoD needs lots and lots of money and HM preparing a separate viability and infrastructure cost Government has no money to spare as it has to service billions of pounds of plan. This will be completed prior to the submission of interest debt. My fear is that this plan has progressed so far that loss of face the Core Strategy and providing a robust evidence. The will prevent a sensible and practical solution which is put it all on hold until the masterplan paragraph 12.18 states " The development foundation blocks mentioned earlier are in place. viability findings also support the decision by the stakeholders to explore potential delivery models/mechanisms, and to examine how they will look to realise their asset value over the long term, thereby allowing them to gain from increased values as the development becomes established..."

36.1

Cost – I’m worried about the cost. I’m not enamoured with eco-anything. I’ve Comments noted. seen towns re-arranged by development, but a carefully thought out plan is better. Better to plan for facilities, schools etc. Phasing – Having a long term plan means it will grow gradually – preferable.

52.3

Do market research

54.1

Concerned that should be sand extraction in Bordon prior to development to Sand extraction, if required will need to comply with the use. national, local planning policies and environmental guidance.

Comments noted.

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Action Involve HCC Countryside Service Team in the future studies work.

Noted for the Viability Study.


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60.2

The most likely outcome of this latest proposal is that a huge number of additional dwellings will be built as that element of build will be attractive to developers but not a single element of the claimed infrastructure will occur, especially in the current financial climate.

Our studies so far suggest a different outcome. The masterplan sets a framework and makes it a requirement to deliver the necessary infrastructure when a development comes forward.

The viability work is an essential part of the study and should be reviewed periodically to respond to the changes in the financial climate.

87.1

At least 5,500 housing units will be needed to finance the new town centre – as Comments noted. The exact number of housing units agreed by the W/B Steering Group when I was on it for 4.5 years. There is no will be tested further. need to waste money on consultancy to tell us what might or might not be done with Vision Park.

88.9

12.3 To say that the "The proposals for Whitehill Bordon have now reached the The masterplan is an evolving framework and the exact Amend 12.3 to reflect the stage where the emphasis will switch from planning to delivery...." is a complete nature of the proposals is not set in stone. The current status of the contradiction of Council statements that " This plan is evolving. Nothing is set in reference here about "planning to delivery" is solely masterplan. stone." Notwithstanding this statement, it is premature to say the least, to move from the project governance aspect. It highlights the from a Framework draft plan, directly to delivery. Either the plan is still evolving need for setting up a delivery board and working with or it is now fixed. It can't be both. the project partners.

88.9

12.4 This talks about bringing forward "early development projects". This is similarly premature, particularly if they involve building houses. Should the Army not leave Bordon, these early development projects would produce precisely the kind of piecemeal development the masterplan is intended to avoid.

Defence Estates has confirmed in their letter dated 27th The demonstration projects October 2010 that they will confirm the release of design and feasibility studies Bordon Garrison early in the New Year. This should should consider the impact of provide some certainty over phasing and the future of MoD's departure and interim arrangements. The studies demonstration projects. should account for any changes There is no mention in the masterplan of the promised referendum on the eco- At the moment, we have no further information to to the timescales for such town. This is vitally important since the fundamental question of whether confirm likely timescales or possibility on the phased departure, likely delays residents want an eco-town or not - has never been asked. When will this take referendum. It is outside the scope of the masterplan and its impact on the existing studies. Projects which are going ahead as early wins town. place ? do not rely upon the MoD leaving,

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91.3

Neither does it address the possibility that the MOD land it requires will not become available, especially in view of the ongoing MOD Strategic Defence Review in concert with all other Ministries being required to scale back their spending.

The paragraph 12.24 of the masterplan addresses the phasing challenge. It states" The overall comprehensive implementation for the masterplan is driven by the timing of the MoD withdrawal from the site. Currently, this is assumed to be around 20152016. Based around this assumption, the implementation timeframe can be divided into two main phases; prior and post MoD occupation." The masterplan framework will be able to respond to the changes in land release by MoD and will be updated once such details are available in 2011.

Reflect upon any decisions made by Defence Estates over release of the Bordon Garrison. Update the masterplan accordingly.

99.9

This Chapter gives various “bland” objectives but contains no data at all as to the calculations (even simplified) leading to a Net Residual Value of £32m or the sensitivities including the effect of reducing the number of homes and projected s.106 contributions from any developers

GVA Grimley’s assessment of the masterplan for Whitehill Bordon has built upon the knowledge and findings of previous development viability work undertaken in July 2008 which was submitted to Communities and Local Government (CLG) to inform the Eco-town selection process.

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