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Clark's Farm Update

posted 24 Jul 2011, 10:09 by Blackwater & Hawley NHW
This is the latest communiqué from councillor Adrian Collett regarding Clark's Farm, dated 22 July 2011.
Dear All,
The Clark's Farm Saga carries on and I thought we ought to bring you up to date with what is happening.

You will recall that the application from Mick Collard for an industrial and demolition waste recycling plant was originally due to be decided by the County Council's Regulatory Committee on 27th April.  This, however, was deferred at the last minute when Hampshire discovered that an Environmental Impact Assessment notice needed to be published first.

It was then due to be considered on 29th June, but this time it was deferred at Mick Collard's request as a result of discussions which were taking place between him and Ashill Developments, who wanted to purchase the site from him for a housing development instead of his waste processing plant.

The next meeting of the Regulatory Committee is Wednesday 27th July, but County Council Planners have given notice that it is now too late to include the waste processing plant application on the agenda for that meeting, bearing in mind that a full report has to be prepared and many notifications sent out in good time.  So don't take this day off work to go to the meeting!  

The next meeting where this could now be considered is 28th September, but we understand that Mr Collard and Ashill have now reached agreement and that Mr Collard will be withdrawing this application so that the housing proposal can be prepared instead.

While many would like to see the site return to agriculture (I know we would), it is becoming increasingly clear that we need to find a reasonable solution which our local community can live with.  All sorts of proposals for the future of Clark's Farm have been suggested over the years, but most of these have been pretty outrageous.  

There seems to be fairly widespread agreement that a sensible housing development here could be the best way forward.  We therefore wait with great interest to see the proposals from Ashill Developments in a few months time.

We will write again when there is more news.

All the best,

Adrian Collett, County Councillor, and David Murr, Leader of Yateley Town Council