MP’s Annoyance Turns To Anger


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Winchester’s MP Steve Brine says his initial annoyance over proposals to build 6,000 homes at Micheldever has now become one of anger.

Steve was speaking at a packed public meeting at the Warren Hall at Micheldever Station.

He says his annoyance has turned to anger because of how many times they have to say “no” to a development which clearly breaches local plans and views.


As you can see from the above picture, the story is nothing new, and was covered when he was originally a candidate.

The Dever Society hosted the event out of sheer frustration since their battle started in 1990 as chairman Tessa Robertson explains: “After nearly 30 years of battling Zurich’s plans for a new town around Micheldever, residents thought this quiet rural area might finally be safe from large scale development. But it was not to be. The new owners, the Magnier family, of the world famous Coolmore racehoursebreeding operation in Ireland, have lodged a proposal with Winchester City Council for a 6,000 home new town.

“When we heard that the Magnier family had submitted a proposal for 6,000 homes on the farmland, there was a terrible feeling of déjà vu.

“It is hard to understand how a family with such strong rural roots in Ireland could contemplate a development like this, which will destroy a large area of countryside and change irrevocably this thriving local community.”

A large new town at Micheldever has been rejected over and over again by local councils, regional authorities and national government, all confident that the need for new homes can be accommodated in the district without the loss of an important green area separating Winchester and Basingstoke.

Steve has made a short video about the meeting, which you can see by clicking this link:

Steve Brine’s video