Framework for Action - North Stoneham Planning and Management Framework, 1993
7. FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION
7.1 The Hampshire County Structure Plan and Eastleigh and Test Valley Borough local plan policies, relevant to controlling development and the use of land in the strategic gaps, are listed in Appendix 1.
7.2 The policies set out below provide amplification of the local plan policies and provide a framework for action.
7.3 The local authorities intend to take positive action, including early improvement works on publicly owned land, to encourage all interested parties to support the policies set out below and assist with the implementation of the proposals outlined on map 5. Opportunities for technical advice and grants will be included in discussions with landowners.
Policy 1. Overall Landscape Improvements
The planning authorities will prepare and initiate a programme of landscape improvements. Initially, priority will be given to:
Policy 2. Additional Access
The planning authorities will consider entering into negotiations with landowners to secure permissive access for informal recreation throughout the study area. These additional routes will complement the existing public footpath that runs through the site and provide a framework of public access into North Stoneham Park:
Policy 3. Management Assistance and Land Acquisition
The local authorities will provide advice, and offer grants, where appropriate, to landowners wishing to manage their land in a way that is sympathetic to this strategy. Consideration will also be given to the possibility of land acquisition in appropriate cases.
Policy 4. Control of Development
The planning authorities will review the need for limiting existing Permitted Development rights throughout the study area.
A copy of "Direction Under Article 4 (No. 9)" under the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1950 (covering the Eastleigh part of the study area) can be found in Appendix 2.
Policy 5. Park Farm (see Fig. 2)
Appropriate action (including enforcement action) will be taken, by Eastleigh and Test Valley Borough Councils, to remove the unauthorised storage facilities and touring caravans at Park Farm within the next five years. The local planning authorities will, as a long term objective, seek the removal of the residential caravans at the same site.
Park Farm and Stoneham House (Fig. 2)
Policy 6. North Stoneham House (Fig. 2)
The planning authorities will initiate discussions with the owners of the grounds of the former North Stoneham House with a view to:
Policy 7. Avenue Park
Avenue Park represents an outstanding opportunity to provide a large attractive public area for informal recreation within the Strategic Gap. The planning authorities are determined to take this opportunity to reverse the decline in environmental quality which has occurred in recent years. To achieve this objective, and enhance the existing parkland characteristics, the planning authorities will:
Policy 8. Jubilee Playing Fields
Following a careful assessment of the existing situation, permission has been granted for a golf driving range on the Jubilee Playing Field. Eastleigh Borough Council has given careful consideration to the floodlighting and screening of this facility. The local planning authorities believe that the intensification of this type of development would be inappropriate within this plan area. However, the adjoining fields to the west and north could be used for some types of organised sports use. With care, the landscape here could absorb informal recreation use, although formal playing fields will not be encouraged unless the boundary trees and hedgerows are maintained and, where necessary, reinforced. To achieve this:
Policy 9. Eastleigh Borough Council and AC Delco Playing Fields
These playing fields contain significant historic landscape features. These include: hedgerows, ditches, tree belts, badger setts and remnants of the "park pale", therefore:
Policy 10. The Trojans and University Playing Fields
Any change to the existing recreational facilities should not add to the urbanisation of this area. Negotiations will be undertaken to encourage a programme of landscape improvements and screening.
Policy 11. Home Wood
Management agreements will be sought with the landowner to:
Policy 12. Chestnut Bottom Wood and Hardmoor Copse
The planning authorities will discuss with the landowners ways to encourage appropriate management of the woodland.
Policy 13. Wessex Health Authority land
The planning authorities will discuss with the Wessex Health Authority ways to:
Policy 14. Stoneham Golf Club
The planning authorities will enter into discussions with the Golf Club to agree with the landowners how to manage parts of their woodland in a way which encourages ecological diversity and retains natural habitats.