Tuesday, 22 December 2015
For Hampshire, this includes the reconfirmation of licences previously issued and the allocation of two new licence areas around Andover and Whitchurch. The two new licence areas can be seen on OS maps as the whole of SU44 and the northern half of SU34 - the southern half already has a licence.
I'd like to make it clear to residents of Whitchurch & Clere that a licence does not give consent for drilling or any development. Potential operators will still need to obtain planning permission from Hampshire County Council, as Minerals and Waste Planning Authority, as well as other associated consents before any development can take place.
The County Council adopted its Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan in 2013. This plan includes policies which all types oil and gas development would be judged against.
The County Council is due to consider a supllementary planning document (SPD) on the matter in early 2016. Once adopted, the SPD will be used to determine whether a planning application received for oil and gas development in one of the licence areas should be granted / refused.
As your County Councillor, I will monitor the situation and I have asked County officers to inform me as soon as it receives any application for oil or gas planning permission in this division.
Anyone, who is interested in the County's role in Oil and Gas Planning, should visit:
Sunday, 29 December 2013
Details of the scheduled works in Whitchurch Town Centre:
Works to upgrade the pedestrian crossings on safety grounds on Newbury Street and Winchester Street Whitchurch will commence on the 13th January 2014, for a period of approximately 2 weeks.
The work to the Newbury Road crossing will necessitate a road closure in order to maintain a safe working environment. This work will be carried out on two consecutive Sundays, commencing on January 19th 2014, between the hours of 0700hrs on the Sunday until 0700 hrs on the Monday.
Although the road closure notice states that the road will be closed until 0700 hrs on the Monday morning it is envisaged that the road will be reopened at 0500 hrs at the latest.
The works to the Winchester Street crossing will be carried out under the use of temporary two way traffic signals.
During the period of the works the contractor will maintain vehicular and pedestrian access to all properties and will liaise with residents and business owners if any short term restrictions are necessary.
Any question relating to the works as they proceed should be made using the HCC contact centre tel: 0845 603 5633.
I emphasised that my priority was to make the road safer for families and other non-car users, who needed a safe route between Whitchurch and Tufton.
Monday, 2 September 2013
Friday, 21 June 2013
Thursday, 20 June 2013
If the MOD objects to the wind power station, due to its effect on its Radars, what would be the effect on bats?
I recently have received a reply from the MOD to a letter I wrote concerning the proposed wind power station. They have confirmed that they have written to all three district councils objecting to the Upper Norton Farm Wind Turbines for three reasons:
- impact on Air Traffic Control Radar at Middle Wallop and RAF Boscombe Down;
- the impact on the Precision Approach Radar at Middle Wallop;
- unacceptable effects on military activity on the Low Flying Area 1, within which the proposal lies.
The MOD has also advised me that, should EDF be able to overcome the MOD's objections and if planning permission is granted, then the MOD will insist that each turbine be fitted with aviation lighting.
A red sky at night would not be Whitchurch's delight, I fear.