Christmas with the Local Plan

Basingstoke Transition Network wishes you a happy Christmas 2014 and a new year 2015 full of fulfilled good resolutions!

Some of our brave members and friends went to the 11th December meeting between Basingstoke Council members and the Local Plan Inspector, Mike Fox (appointed by the Secretary of State).  Three spoke and pushed our points:

  • Enough low-carbon-emission housing for the projected growth of households;
  • A carefully-considered cycling plan;
  • Preservation of biodiversity, green spaces and country park in the Manydown estate;

Maria Miller MP was also present and aired concern about the plan’s effect on the pollution level of the River Loddon.

The inspector’s summary mostly emphasised his concern that the Council has underestimated the need for housing, and that the plan is not sustainable.  For the full report and his subsequent letter setting out his points, go to