Support the campaign to list Butts Bridge and return the proportion of affordable housing in the South Alton Plan back up to 40%.
East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) planning committee have just approved an application to demolish the historic Butts Bridge and for over 520 houses. This historic bridge, part of the Watercress line, is the southern gateway to Alton and borders the important Butts conservation area.
EHDC has agreed to halve the usual amount of affordable housing to 20%, so the developers can pay for the bridge rebuilding and a contribution to Alton's replacement leisure centre. Residents will lose out twice - from the separation of South Alton from the town centre and the reduction in desperately needed affordable housing.
Alton Town Council has written to the Secretary of State to call in the approval arguing that the draft Alton Neighbourhood Plan was ignored. However, calling in the planning decision can only happen once the developers conclude their negotiations with EHDC.
Richard Robinson and the Liberal Democrats oppose the destruction of Butts Bridge and support Alton Town Council’s actions. We also believe that Altonians should not lose out on badly needed affordable housing.
To support this, we want to encourage and support attempts to get the Butts Bridge listed. If you agree with us, please sign our petition.