24 Swan Street
On 6th September Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) placed 24 Swan Street on the open market putting valuable community business at risk.
Plans are underway to set up a charity that can purchase and then run the building, to enable 24 Swan Street to continue to be a part of the community. Kingsclere Parish Council is in full support of this and in addition, has submitted an application to BDBC to get 24 Swan Street listed as an Asset of Community Value. You can view and sign the petition to save 24 Swan Street here.
Proposed Care Home near Fawconer Road
Update 04/09/2021: Kingsclere Parish Council is aware that some tree works have been undertaken on the Fawconer Road site.
Planning permission HAS NOT BEEN granted for the care home, and no planning application has been submitted to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. Planning permission for 13 houses was granted in January but outline permission is not sufficient to start building. BCllr Ken Rhatigan will ensure an officer from the Planning Authority will visit the site on Monday 6th September.
There are several trees on the site with tree preservation orders so KPC requests that if anyone has photos of trees being felled, please forward them to the Parish Council. The proposal to build a care home goes against the policies set out on the Neighbourhood Plan, and Kingsclere Parish Council can object to the application on these grounds once it is submitted. Kingsclere needs houses, not an expensive palliative care home.
Many residents have received a consultation document from Frontier Estates (below) to develop a 50 bed care home on the site designated for 13 homes in our Neighbourhood Plan. The Parish Council will be discussing this at our next meeting on Monday 26th July, but have many concerns, not least that this will not provide the moderately priced and ‘affordable’ homes needed in our community and voted on by our Residents in 2018.
We would urge all residents to respond to the consultation, and later write to Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council, when Frontier Estates approach them for planning permission later in August or early September.
We shall update this posting after the Parish Council's meeting on Monday.
Kingsclere is a great community which benefits from a long-established, friendly village culture and many local organisations and volunteer groups.
Much of the village is a designated conservation area, with 68 listed buildings plus 38 more throughout the remainder of the Parish. The buildings are listed as being of special, architectural or historic interest; testament to the fact that there has been a prosperous village on the site since Medieval times. Prehistoric settlers were the first to enjoy the superb location, with chalk hills and springs making it an ideal defensive settlement. You can still see their ancient hill forts at Brecon Hill and Ladle Hill, and there are many earthworks in the area.
The use of the name 'Kingsclere' began in the 13th century, probably because of the village's long association with the Kings of England - from Alfred in the 9th century, to King John. Kingsclere was en route to Freemantle Park, the royal hunting estate, which existed until the 17th century.
The historic street pattern, based on St Mary's Church and Old Market Square still exists, with the main streets leading to Basingstoke, Newbury, Overton and Whitchurch.
Although the village is steeped in history, Kingsclere has managed to keep pace with the demands of the modern world without losing its integrity, and is a very desirable place to put down roots.
The village has a selection of local shops and businesses, healthcare services, a primary school and varied outdoor facilities. It also has an extensive network of green lanes and paths, glades and the Kingsclere stream. Treasured areas known by the villagers, such as 'the rec.', 'the ducks' and 'shepherds steps' are usually overlooked by the casual visitor, but add greatly to village life.
There are two Christian churches, Kingsclere Methodist Church and Saint Mary's Anglican Church.
Local facilities include the village club, the Holding field and the Fieldgate Centre which lies on the outskirts of the village and adjoins the rugby and football grounds. The centre was built in 1996 at a cost of £1.6 million.
The parish council meets in the Village Club monthly, except for August and December.