Conservative Communities and Local Government minister Eric Pickles has today given permission for 2000 homes to be built north of Winchester at Barton Farm.
Kelsie Learney, leader of the Winchester City Council Liberal Democrat group and City Councillor for Littleton and Harestock said ”With a Conservative Council, Conservative MP and a final decision by a Conservative Secretary of State, there’s not much left of the Conservative promise to ‘Save Barton Farm’.
This is very disappointing for those of us who have been consistently campaigning against Barton Farm.
We’ll carry on working hard to make sure the development is of the highest quality with roads, shops and school places put in place to minimise the impact and get what benefits we can for local people but it’s inevitable that this development will change Winchester forever.”
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