You may have heard that another proposal for Micheldever new town has been put forward by the new landowner. They have responded to Winchester City Council’s Call for Sites with a plan for 6,000 houses to extend across farmland east of the railway line, from Micheldever Station towards the A33. Details are unfortunately sparse, but the Dever Society is working hard to find out more.
As you will remember only too well, Eagle Star (later taken over by Zurich Assurance) first proposed the new town in 1990 to widespread opposition. Since then, the Dever Society, supported by thousands of local members, together with local councils and MPs have seen the plan off over and over again. When Zurich finally decided to sell the land and it was bought by the Magnier family, owners of the famous Coolmore Stud in Ireland, we thought the war might finally be won. How wrong we were.
We need your help
The Dever Society has never been opposed to housing development, so long as it is the right kind of housing, in the right scale and in the right place. We believe that 6,000 houses is completely inappropriate at Micheldever and it will wipe out our thriving rural community. We need your help to ensure that we are ready to fight this next battle.
Over the last few years our community has grown, and many residents may be unaware of this ongoing threat to our rural area. Please pass this information on to any new residents you know and ask them to sign up to the Dever Society at our website, www.deversociety.org. We also need to tap into the expertise we know is out there, so please let us know if you or anyone you know has skills and time to offer the campaign – social media management, events and planning are just three areas we need help with.
We intend to hold a public meeting in the coming weeks in order to share as much information as we have, and we will extend an invitation to all interested parties. Please look out for further updates.
If you can help at all, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read the story on the Hampshire Chronicle’s website click here.