A planning saga over a massive new warehouse near Basingstoke could be concluded next month.
Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council’s (B&DBC) development control committee will consider Newlands Developments’ plans for the new 217,954 sq m storage and distribution warehouse at Oakdown Farm on the A30 near J7 of the M3, for a second time on Wednesday, October 27. The fiercely-opposed building is believed to be for Amazon.
The committee had voted to approve the scheme in April but Dummer Parish Council challenged the legality of the approval. Permission was never formally granted because the council was waiting to hear from the Secretary of State over where the scheme might be called in.
The challenge revolves around an inconsistency in the council report, concerning the visibility of the building from Dummer. B&DBC decided the application should go back to committee. Since then Newlands has submitted a revised application with alterations to landscaping and on site road layout.
The council’s head of planning, sustainability and infrastructure Ruth Ormella said: “The planning application will be reported to committee in the normal way.
“Consultation is currently running on amendments to the application made by the applicant and the comments received on this will be reported to the committee, alongside any other updates to the assessment of the application, the feedback from all relevant specialist bodies, comments made originally and any further ones received.
“A report assessing the planning matters and policies will be published in advance of the committee, with an officer recommendation for the councillors to consider.”
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