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Basingstoke logistics development faces 'fatal' opposition

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Plans for a 1.1 million sq ft warehousing on a farm east of Basingstoke in the M3 corridor faces potentially fatal objections.

Obsidian Strategic is behind the plans for the 80-acre lodge Farm, off the A287 near Odiham. The site is close to junction 5 of the M3.

However, the green field site is not designated for development in any local planning policies.

Hart District Council is braced for serious opposition from locals in an area which has so far seen relatively little warehouse development, most of which is concentrated near Basingstoke or, further west at Andover.

A statement submitted to the council by CBRE, on behalf of Obsidian Strategic, claimed that the vacancy rate for South East logistics was just 1.56%, representing a fall since the end of last year, but made no specific mention of the suitability of logistics in Odiham.

The site is green field and not designated for development in any local planning documents, according to a powerpoint presentation on behalf of developers.

Hart Council’s existing strategy is not enthusiastic about warehousing. Local site allocations identity only two out of 24 allocated sites for distribution, and the focus of the council’s economic efforts is telecommunications; computer programming and servicing; data processing and hosting; management consultancy; manufacturing of specialist electronics; and hospitality.

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