New research has found that Hampshire County Council owns a major part of the Royaldown development site and that the SHELAA submission that covers the development states that the developer does "have the consent by the landowners and have indicated that the site is immediately available for development".
In response to Lib Dem pressure, the Conservative cabinet member responsible for Commercial Strategy at Hampshire County Council has disputed the developer's statement, but has now admitted that:
- Hampshire County Council advised the Royaldown developer on the plan for the Royaldown schools
- Hampshire County Council advised the Royaldown developer on the access road vital to the scheme, and
- Hampshire County Council are still 'considering their position' and saying 'no formal consideration has been made' on whether their land will be included in the scheme
The City Council wrote to the County Council on December 8 asking them to confirm their intentions and, until the Hampshire Chronicle reported on the Lib Dem campaign, had no response.
James Batho - who is leading the Lib Dem campaign to get the County Council to stop Royaldown has said:
The Conservative administration at Hampshire County Council could kill Royaldown permanently, totally and tomorrow – and I’ve written to the Conservative Leader to ask him to do this.
All the Conservatives need to do is permanently withdraw the County Council’s support for the scheme and it’s all over. Without the road that goes across the County Council’s land to Badger Farm Road, it won’t be viable and can’t happen.
To stop Royaldown, it's vital that the County Council state their position clearly and withdraw their support for the scheme. Please sign the petition below to keep up the pressure and force them to do this.
We, the undersigned, call upon the County Council to withdraw their support for the Royaldown development with immediate effect and protect the green fields between Hursley, Oliver’s Battery and Winchester.
We will include your name and address when submitting the petition to the County Council.