Mike Smith, Director of the Enham Trust, showed Sir George round an exhibition at the Shoosmith Centre in Enham Alamein, showing how the village could expand to accommodate more houses and how the village could be reconfigured to use its features to greater advantage.
"I understand that many residents are apprehensive about these proposals, which are very much at an initial and conceptual stage. I was pleased to hear that Mike hopes to build on the existing dialogue with the residents, with a view to coming up with an agreed plan for the village, which might then be submitted when the Local Plan is next reviewed. This must be the right way to proceed, as the residents and the Trust need to live together and work together to secure the many objectives which they have in common."
Mike Smith explained that if the village were bigger, it could support a wider range of facilities to the benefit of residents. He was conscious that the village risked being swallowed by Andover as it expanded, and wanted to retain Enham Alamein as a distinctive community in its own right. The extra houses which the Trust envisaged providing in the village were not needed for the current District Plan, but could be needed for the next one.
Sir George is planning to attend the next meeting of the Residents association on May 25th