Erection of detached dwelling with new gravel driveway, parking area and package sewage treatment plant
Chalk Pit Cottage Braishfield Road Braishfield SO51 0PR

View the full details at the Test Valley Borough Council planning portal here

Braishfield Parish Council comment: TVBC1603224fulls

Test Valley Borough Council decision: pending consideration


This is a public consultation by Test Valley Borough Council, regarding proposed lorry restrictions on roads in the parish.  Please see the explanatory letter and accompanying Lorry Restriction Exhibition Plan.

The Parish Council considered this during the Meeting of 17/1/17, and decided the following comment:

Braishfield Parish Council strongly support the above proposed Order.


Residents express growing concern about through traffic on all routes. This has always taken place, but seems to have been exacerbated by large scale housing developments in Romsey, Kings Somborne and the wider vicinity. A 30 mph speed restriction on other local roads makes the lanes leading through Braishfield an appealing alternative for traffic. The national speed limit in the lanes is also a magnate to Sat Navs for Quickest Route selection.

All routes leading to and from Braishfield become single track lanes at some point. Many of the houses are constructed very close to the roadsides. There are few pedestrian footways. The lanes are popular with cyclists, walkers and equestrians. As such, the lanes are entirely unsuitable to receive through traffic on a large scale. Heavy goods vehicles are particularly problematic, causing serious damage to verges and hedgerows in the narrow lanes when meeting vehicles coming from the opposite direction.

The national speed limit in the lanes is also a magnate to Sat Navs for Quickest Route selection.

Braishfield is a rural community, and farmers need to use the lanes for their agricultural vehicles. There are also a number of businesses based in the parish, requiring access for deliveries or to removed their products. This proposed Order will not impede them.


Severe Weather


The Parish Council have received the following information about the severe weather warning, from Hampshire County Council…

With a forecast of heavy rain tomorrow turning to snow, followed by a deep freeze overnight on Thursday (12 January) into the weekend, highways crews are getting ready to deploy to keep the county moving.

The weather coming towards the South East is certainly going to be a challenge. Heavy rain tomorrow morning, turning to sleet and then to snow at rush hour, followed by a high risk of ice for the next few days means that timing of salting runs is crucial, and the impact of salt may not be as effective as usual due to dilution from the rain.

Winter crews have already deployed putting out salt wicks (porous bags filled with salt) at locations where water is likely to run onto the roads from surrounding land so that the when water runs through them, it mixes with the salt which then helps prevent ice forming on the road surface.

We have a good stock of salt in our barns strategically placed across the county, and the next salt run on Priority 1 routes is scheduled for 5am tomorrow. To combat the risk of salt being washed away, salt will be spread more densely than usual which means the salting lorries will need to restock during their runs and it will therefore take around four hours to complete each route. If we do see the 5cm of snow that forecasters are predicting, we will also be deploying snow ploughs.  The 100+ farmers we can mobilise to assist in rural locations have been alerted. Additionally, we are planning to salt the community routes in the early hours of Friday morning to help with access to community facilities such as doctors’ surgeries and smaller schools.

HCC’s message to the public and staff is to take care on the roads and drive according to the conditions, even on the roads that have been salted,

People will need to plan their journeys and may need to think about adapting their travelling times.

Footways are also likely to be icy, and everyone can help in their neighbourhoods by using the salt bins. Spreading a small amount of salt from the community salt bins on pavements or smaller access roads not covered by the highways crews will make a big impact on ice and frozen snow.

Residents, particularly those in rural areas are also being asked to look out for vulnerable neighbours during the cold weather.

Taking extra care during cold weather is important for everyone, but particularly important for people who are more vulnerable to suffering ill health due to the cold, such as babies and very young children (under 5 years), older people (75+ years), people with pre-existing medical conditions.

If anyone is worried about an elderly neighbour or relative they should call Hampshire County Council’s Adult’s Health and Care team on 0300 555 1386, during the week in working hours, or call 0300 555 1373 out of hours and on weekends and Bank Holidays.

Find out more tips and hints on safe winter driving at RoSPA

Find out more about Hampshire’s priority salting routes and where to find your nearest community salt bin

Further information on severe weather and emergency contacts


Braishfield Village Association presentation to Council

Braishfield Parish Council expressed its thanks to the Braishfield Village Association for a ceremonial gavel, presented by BVA Chairman Jimmy Chestnutt on 6 December 2016.  The gavel was a gift to the Council by way of a “thank you” for the work that the Council does for the parish.  7 members of Braishfield Village Association attended the Meeting of Braishfield Parish Council.

Braishfield Pantry wins Hampshire Life Award!

Braishfield Pantry Hampshire Life Food & Drink Award 2016

Braishfield Pantry Hampshire Life Food & Drink Award 2016

Our own Braishfield Pantry has won the Hampshire Life Food & Drink Award for “Best Independent Food Shop” for 2016!

This is a great accolade for our lovely community shop, won against some stiff competition at the 2016 awards event held at the Elvetham Hotel near Hartley Wintney on Wednesday 23rd November 2016.

Well done to all the many people from Braishfield and beyond who have helped make Braishfield Pantry such a great success.

…and you can sample the delights of one of the other 2016 award winners at Braishfield Pantry – come and buy one of Sarah Hunt’s Pork Pies!

Christmas Tree Festival 2016

The Christmas Tree Festival will take place at All Saints, Braishfield.  The proceeds will be shared between All Saints church and the PLANETS (pancreatic, liver and neuroendocrine tumours) charity.

Individuals and local groups are welcome to enter a tree, using the Entry Form.

The opening times are:

Friday 2nd December and Saturday 3rd, 11am – 6pm

Sunday 4th December 11am to 4pm, followed by All Age Worship on Sunday 4th at 4pm

There will be a Preview Evening on Thursday 1st December followed by a Candle Lit Supper in the Church Rooms with Festive Entertainment. This was very popular last year and tickets are selling fast. The cost is £15 per head.  Contact Carole Renvoize on 368766.