As Test Valley Borough Council approaches a decision on proposals for development at the former Andover Airport site, I've invited the applicants to provide a short statement saying why the proposed development should go ahead, and those campaigning against it to say why it shouldn't.
Andover Airfield is a 46 hectare site located immediately adjacent to the Monxton Road / Hundred Acre Corner Interchange of the A303(T) on the western edge of Andover. The airfield is identified for redevelopment as a business park in the adopted Test Valley Borough Local Plan (June 2006). The Local Plan promotes all forms of employment generating uses on the site (B1 business, B2 general industry, B8 storage and distribution) and refers specifically to companies requiring large areas of land.Should the applicants decide to provide different or additional information I will put that online.
The case against:
From RoADAC - Residents of Andover and District Awareness Committee
Say NO! to the giant Tesco warehouse development
After months of confidential discussions with TVBC a planning application for what would be one of
The developer, Goodman, may have recently stopped saying its for Tesco to service all their shops and supermarkets as far away as the South West of England and Essex, but an earlier presentation in February made it clear who it was for and, incredibly, construction job adverts mentioning Tesco Andover were on internet sites weeks before any planning application was even submitted!
Environment: It is hard to imagine the sheer scale of the proposed development, but the length will be nearly 2000ft long, 60ft high and 600ft wide. It will dwarf the already significant and currently expanding MoD establishment next door.
Of course the developers will promise to tack on favourable landscaping, road improvements and a so-called community building, but take these away and the fundamental problem with such a large development still remains.
Traffic & Noise: Even with the proposed huge expansion of the Hundred Acre roundabout complex, the sheer scale of such a mammoth operation so close to the town and with large HGV movements every thirty seconds makes the scheme entirely inappropriate for
Employment: The development of the Airfield is already part of the town plan, but such a move was always sold with the objective to increase the number of higher wage, higher tech jobs in
Alternatives: And there can be alternatives. Anyone who visits
Housing: Andover has very low unemployment meaning that the estimated immediate 1,200 Tesco jobs will inevitably be filled by people travelling from elsewhere or moving here temporarily, increasing the proportion of multiple occupancy housing in Andover and diluting the proportion of people living and working here who have a long-term stake in the future of the town. The wage structure of the majority of these jobs mean it is flawed to match them to the new housing already planned on the other side of the town near Picket Piece.
The timing of the planning application has meant that a full debate as part of the local elections five weeks ago has been missed and voters are solely reliant on the judgement of TVBC councillors. Their priority should not be the interests of developers, large corporations or an attempt to quickly fulfil the objectives of the town plan with the first option that comes along. The best interests of
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