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Don’t miss the chance to comment on M3 junction 7 land vision

News release 9867, published on 07 Jan 2021
Residents, community groups, businesses and other organisations are being urged not to miss their chance to help shape the vision for the area north of junction 7 of the M3 before the public consultation ends next week.

The consultation closes next Friday (15 January 2021) and comments will be considered before the vision is updated for adoption by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet in March 2021.

A number of proposals have been put forward for the area, including it being highlighted as a potential location for a new hospital, a planning application for a distribution hub and land owners putting forward possible development sites for consideration for the updated Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan. The vision identifies the types of infrastructure needed, for example transport improvements, facilities and utilities, for a joined-up approach to the area.

The draft vision highlights areas where investment or more detailed work would be needed, helping other local services to plan ahead in a coordinated way. It aims to put addressing climate change at the heart of future proposals and sets out the need to reflect the characteristics of the local environment and the potential concerns of nearby communities.

Cabinet Member for Planning Infrastructure and the Natural Environment Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “The aim of the vision is to guide early discussions, helping to set the direction for future planning policy which will emerge as the new Local Plan is developed. We are keen to hear the views and ideas of as many borough residents, businesses and community groups as possible to help ensure it is a cohesive and proactive vision for the area north of junction seven of the M3.”

To read the draft vision document and give views see www.basingstoke.gov.uk/visionM3-j7-land

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