Obsidian, the developers behind the Lodge Farm warehouse proposal 22/01347/EIA and 22/01355/PREAPP have announced a Zoom webinar on the proposal at 6:30pm on Wednesday 28 September. To register for the event you need to sign up on the developers website For those who are unable to watch the presentation live, a recording will be made available on the website the next day.
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be held at 6pm on Thursday 6 October and Thursday 24 November 2022.
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Message from the Chairman of Greywell Parish Council:
You may have seen various items on social media and the Greywell Village email system regarding the potential development of an enormous logistics hub at Lodge Farm. This is clearly a very disturbing proposal and I want to give you some background information so you can clearly understand the current position.
There are currently 2 separate yet linked processes in play:
First, there is application 22/01347/EIA; this seeks a formal Scoping Opinion (from the Hart District Council Planning Department) with respect to the scope and methodology of any future Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in relation to the development proposal.
The findings of the EIA would then be reported in an Environment Statement as part of a full planning application (not a given that a full application will be made).
Second, there is application 22/01355/PREAPP; this is a request for formal pre-application advice (from Hart) in relation to the developers’ emerging proposals for the development. In the developers’ own language – “the applicant wishes to address the broad principles of development, rather than the detail of the scheme”.
In simple language, the above applications are all about the developer getting a feel from the local authority for what they will have to cover/address in terms of any future full planning application.
Greywell Parish Council (GPC) will be discussing these applications at their meeting on 21 July. GPC is not included in the formal consultation process for the EIA Scoping Opinion; however; Odiham Parish Council is and they have lodged their views on what topics the future EIA should cover.
In terms of the pre-application advice, there is no consultation with key organisations or the general public. This is because the current submission is not an application for planning permission. Hart Council does not formally consult the public, parishes or adjoining authorities on pre-applications despite the documents being publicly accessible. The pre- application submission seeks feedback on the development from the planners and their response will be based on planning policy constraints and issues for the developers’ consideration, which ultimately will have to be addressed within any formal planning application that the developer may make in the future. At that point a full consultation process would take place.
Notwithstanding the technical point above (made by the planning officer), you may have seen that members of the public and Odiham Parish Council have lodged objections to the proposals.
I will give further feedback/advice on our way forward following our discussion at the Greywell Parish Council Meeting on 21 July