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Old Bassett Residents Association
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The Bassett Neighbourhood Forum -
The project has been undertaken by the 12 Residents’ Associations in the Bassett Ward working together. Cllr. Les Harris is chairing the Neigbourhood forum, Janet Pratley (OBRA) is the treasurer and all Residents’ Associations within the designated area are represented on the forum.
In 2013 there was a public consultation on the applications to designate Bassett Ward as a Neighbourhood Area, and to designate Bassett Neighbourhood Forum as the body responsible for developing a Neighbourhood Plan for the area. The responses received were analysed and report produced and presented to Council Cabinet, recommending that the two applications be approved. This report were considered at Cabinet on 17th December 2013 and the designations approved.
The draft plan was formally published in 2014 and was the subject of a statutory 6 week consultation which ran from 28th August to October 9th 2014. OBRA organised a well attended public meeting at All Saints Church Hall, Winchester Road on Thursday 18th September 2014, where Cllr. Les Harris presented the Plan and answered questions. A summary of the meeting is available: (Brief Summary -
The consultation enabled the Forum to gather feedback on the Plan and to modify it, where appropriate. A further public consultation on the modified plans ran from 10th Feb to 24th March 2015, after which further comments were considered before the plan was submitted to and assessed by an independent planning inspector. The Inspector’s comments and recommendations were then incorporated into a final draft in September 2015. This was then submitted to Council and approval of the changes was obtained in November 2015. A formal referendum was held in the Ward on Thursday 25th Feb 2016. This resoundingly approved the Plan (94% in favour). The plan will be formally be brought into legal force at the following Council meeting. At this point it becomes part of the City’s statutory development plan. Applications for planning permission must be determined in accordance with the development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
Documents and Downloads
Final version of draft Bassett Plan (for referendum) incorporating Planning Inspector’s recommendations.
Decision Statement listing Tables of changes following independent examination by Planning Inspector.
Revised Residential Density map
Local Green Space Designation Maps
September 2015 version incorporating Planning Inspector’s recommendations with all changes from the January 2015 version annotated -
2014 Draft Plan and Consultation
3. Holly Hill Neighbourhood Association
4. North East Bassett Residents’ Association
5. Old Bassett Residents’ Association
6. East Bassett Residents’ Association
7. Tower Gardens Residents’ Association
8. Bassett Triangle Residents’ Association
9. Underwood and Redhill Residents’ Association
10. Vermont Close Residents’ Association
11. Area A Golf Course and Sports Centre
12. Area B Bassett Crescent West area
13. Area C Hollybrook Area
14. Area D Lordswood Area
15. Area E Pine Close Area
16. Area F Bassett School Area
17. Identified development potential in Bassett Ward
18. Comment from Cantell School
19. Comments from University of Southampton
20. Comments Willis / Fleming Estates
Official Forum Documents (pdf format)
Official referendum on the Bassett Neighbourhood Plan
Following the official referendum on Thursday 25th Feb. 2016, the result of the referendum were announced on 26th Feb. 2016.
YES VOTES 1986 -
TURN OUT 21.5%
A resounding vote in favour of the Bassett Plan (94%) and of residents helping define their area. Social history was also made as Bassett is the first Ward in the entire country to have achieved this status.
A huge Thank you to the Bassett Neighbourhood Forum and especially to Cllr. Les Harris for steering the plan through from inception to reality and to all who helped distribute publicity, door knocked or made the effort to turn out and vote.
Power to the People (of Bassett)!
The Bassett Neighbourhood Plan -