Oakdown Farm

Dummer Parish Council and CAGE are extremely pleased to advise that the applicant’s appeal for the Oakdown Farm site for construction of commercial and industrial units (use class B8) with ancillary offices (use class E(g)(i)), and other associated works has been dismissed.

In his summary the planning Inspector stated: I accept that the proposed amount of floorspace is justified with reference to sub regional and local demand. However, my findings on the degree of landscape and visual harm arising from the scheme reflect both the extent of ground works required and its scale and massing when set against the site’s constraints. These matters have not been satisfactorily resolved through mitigation in accordance with policy. The extent of harm arising from the appeal scheme’s adverse landscape and visual impacts is the determining issue in this appeal. I conclude that the degree of harm caused by this scheme would be of such significance that it conflicts with Policies EM1 and EP1g) of the Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan 2016. 114. Having considered all the evidence before me the proposal conflicts with the Development Plan when taken as a whole and there are no material considerations to outweigh this finding. For this reason, the appeal is dismissed.

Our thanks go to all those who assisted us in this endeavour, the support has been invaluable.

Appeal Decision

Dummer is a beautiful rural village in Basingstoke, Lying just of Junction 7 of the M3; it is part of the Oakley and North Waltham ward of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

The name of the village is derived from Dun (meaning hill) and Mer (lake or pond). The English surname 'Dummer' is thought to originate from here, as the Dummer Family were lords of the manor between the 12th and 16th centuries.

Three manors were the original basis of the present parish, East Dummer or Popham Dummer, West Dummer and Grange of Dummer. Dummer and Kempshott were joined in 1876 for civil purposes.

West Dummer was probably held by one of Hugh de Port's men at the time of the Domesday Survey. By the early thirteenth century the Dummer family were tenants. It remained in the Dummer family until 1593 when it came to the Millingate family. From the mid seventeenth century its history is identical with that of East Dummer.

Grange of Dummer was granted to Waverly Abbey by Stephen and remained in its possession until the Suppression in 1536. By the end of the sixteenth century it had been acquired by the Dummer family and from then on followed the descent of West Dummer.

East Dummer was held by Hunger as a sub-tenant of Odo at the time of the Domesday Survey. He may have been an ancestor of the Dummer family who certainly held the land by the twelfth century. In 1368--9 the manor was conveyed to Sir John Popham of the adjoining hamlet of Popham. In the following two centuries the manor changed hands several times and its history is uncertain. By 1577 John Millingate was in possession of the whole estate and it passed to the Terry family and remained in their possession until 1864.

The parish has notorious connections with royalty. About 1788 the Prince of Wales rented Kempshott House as a hunting lodge. He brought Mrs. Fitzherbert here and it was said to be furnished to her taste. A 'seraglio' is said to have existed and certainly the Prince's conduct scandalised the neighbourhood. In 1795 he married Caroline of Brunswick and spent his honeymoon at Kempshott