Policy SPS5.9: Weybrook Park Golf Course

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Policy SPS5.9:  Weybrook Park Golf Course

The site, as shown on the Policies Map, is allocated for a well designed and sustainable development that will:

  1. Make provision for the delivery of approximately 220 homes including 5% serviced plots for custom and self-build homes;
  2. Be in accordance with the principles of the Concept Plan;
  3. Provide for permanent Gypsy and Traveller pitches, proportionate to the size of the site when considered in relation to the overall need for pitches as set out in the latest version of the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment;
  4. Ensure no severe adverse impact on the local highway network including the A340 corridors and connecting routes, nor have an unacceptable impact on highway safety, with the inclusion of suitable measures to mitigate the impact;
  5. Demonstrate how ways to reduce the need to travel, prioritise and maximise the use of active travel and public transport use have been considered to minimise the transport impacts arising from the development;
  6. Demonstrate that safe, suitable and convenient access to local facilities and services can be achieved active travel or public transport services;
  7. The siting, density, scale, layout, character and hard and soft landscaping of the development must respond positively to, and take opportunities to enhance: the landscape qualities of the site and wider area; the context of the neighbouring built environment; and the local distinctiveness of the area.  The design and layout of the development on its outward facing edges will enable a suitable transition to the adjacent countryside;
  8. Protect and enhance key species and habitats, prevent detrimental impacts and, where unavoidable, mitigate the impact on protected species and habitats, and secure the creation and management of linkages that provide high levels of habitat connectivity within the site and to the wider green infrastructure network.  The development will provide a minimum 10% biodiversity net gain together with a site management plan; Retain the northern part of the site as undeveloped green space in order to protect rural views between Basingstoke and Sherborne St John and to prevent the coalescence of these settlements. The design and layout of development will include a strong and defensible green buffer in the northern part of the site to limit the visual impact of development;
  9. Retain and enhance existing tree belts and hedges along all external boundaries to protect the rural setting of the site, with suitable buffers.  Housing will be sited away from the western boundary to protect longer distance views towards the site from the west and the rural setting of the public footpath;
  10. Undertake technical investigation and assessment of all sources of flooding (including surface water and groundwater) to determine flood risk management measures to ensure sustainable development and incorporate  the provision of on-site sustainable drainage systems (SuDS); 
  11. Ensure that acceptable noise standards can be met within homes and amenity areas through suitable mitigation measures in light of the proximity of the site to traffic along the A340.

Infrastructure

  1. Make provision for suitable amounts of open/green space in accordance with the council’s Green Space Standards, including the provision of allotments. This needs to create an effective green infrastructure network (incorporating pedestrian and cycle routes where appropriate) within and through the development (utilising appropriate planting in order to support their biodiversity and landscape function), and which link to the surrounding countryside, to habitats and Public Rights of Way. The delivery of green space and play will need to be provided alongside development parcels in order that there are facilities for residents to use by the time that housing is occupied;
  1. Ensure that a safe, suitable and convenient access is provided from the A340 Aldermaston Road for all users and provide a site wide travel plan to minimise the need to travel (including access to digital services) and associated measures to minimise the transport impacts arising from the development; There must be no vehicular access onto or from Rooksdown Lane apart from emergency access;
  2. Include measures to improve accessibility by active travel modes and ensure safe, suitable and convenient access to local public transport services to/from Basingstoke Town Centre (including Basingstoke Railway and Bus Stations), together with suitable waiting and boarding facilities, and associated connections; 
  3. Make provision on site for a dedicated network of segregated walking and cycle routes to an adoptable standard, that integrate with existing and proposed external routes including to Park Prewett to the south and to the Public Rights of Way network; 
  4. Provide or contribute towards suitable infrastructure for sewerage (on and off site), foul water and other utilities.
6.124 The site, which would form an extension to Basingstoke, is allocated for approximately 220 homes, which are to be provided via a range of suitable dwelling types and tenures including 40% affordable housing. Development will be supported by the timely delivery of supporting infrastructure including open space and allotments. Proposals for the site will be design-led and, although a formal design code is not required, the vision for the development should demonstrate a high quality and comprehensive approach to design.
6.125 The site must be well integrated and connected to other developments in this location via a suitable walking and cycling network which will enable access for all users to nearby facilities including education and community facilities which will be available off-site. In order to minimise the impact of development on the A340 corridor, as well as surrounding connections, the development must include measures to improve accessibility by active modes and public transport services to provide regular access for future residents to and from the town centre and other local facilities and services.  A site wide travel plan and associated measures will be required to minimise the transport impacts arising from the development and deliver sustainable transport objectives.
6.126 Proposals are to be informed by a coordinated and integrated approach to green infrastructure provision which links with adjoining sites. The allocation will preserve rural views between Basingstoke and Sherborne St John by retaining the northern part of the site as undeveloped open green space and including a strong and defensible strategic planted buffer to limit visual impact. Protection and enhancement of existing tree and hedge belts on the site’s boundaries will provide strategic planted buffers. Development of the site must not have an adverse impact on the landscape qualities of the area including the North Wessex Downs National Landscape which lies to the west.  Appropriate green infrastructure and a minimum of 10% biodiversity net gain will be provided on site where appropriate. This will need to be achieved in a manner which reflects the mitigation hierarchy (avoid, minimise, remediate, compensate).
6.127 The scale of the new housing development should be predominantly of no more than 2-storeys in height with a limited potential for some  2.5 storey buildings provided that this does not harm the rural setting of the site. This is to safeguard against visual coalescence between Basingstoke and Sherborne St John and mitigate the impact of the development on the setting of the North Wessex Downs National Landscape and adjoining well vegetated edge to Basingstoke to the south and east.
6.128 In order to ensure there is an appropriate transition to adjacent countryside and to avoid a hard edge to the development, the layout along the western, northern and eastern edges of the site will  be of a lower density and scale with a greater separation of buildings.  Open spaces along the edge will incorporate suitable levels of planting (including trees and hedging) to help give a soft transition to the countryside. Development will need to face out to the countryside, with no rear gardens facing outwards and also avoid prominent parking areas on the edge of the site.
6.129 The site is in single ownership and is relatively unconstrained, forming part of a working golf course. Provided that an acceptable scheme can be negotiated, and the provision of infrastructure in a timely manner, it is estimated  that homes could start to be completed  by 2024/5. Depending on market conditions and other factors, it is estimated that the development could take approximately 5 years to complete.

Figure 6.10: SPS5.9:  Weybrook Park Golf Course Concept PlanMap - Weybrook Park Golf Course Concept Plan

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