Monthly Archives: November 2015

Housing development

Hart Council launch major consultation on planning options

Hart District Council has launched a major consultation inviting views on what approach they should take in delivering the required number of new homes in our area up to 2032.

Debates over housing development options have been ongoing for many years, including most recently some heated debate about a proposal to build a new settlement of up to 5,000 homes near Winchfield.

The Council has now published 3 new documents providing background detail on what types of housing may be required and what approaches are available for their delivery, as well as  more detail on which particular sites may be suitable.

Cllr Stephen Parker, Leader of Hart District Council, said:

“I urge local residents and community groups to take part in this Local Plan consultation. To help you, we are producing a summary leaflet shortly to help you make your comments, this supplements the 3 documents that accompany this consultation which provide the best information. We really want to hear the communities and residents views, as this is a real opportunity for the people of Hart to help shape the development of our district for the future decades.”

The consultation documents are available at  Residents are invited to use the online survey via to give their feedback.

The consultation is open until 15 January 2016 so now is the time to have your say about future development in our area.

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Bracknell and Reading cited as top place to live in the UK

Reading & Bracknell has topped the 2015 Good Growth for Cities index, produced by PwC and think-tank Demos.  The report compares 39 cities across the UK, looking at various factors relating to economic success and family well-being.

The success of Reading and Bracknell is down to a range of factors including high job security, high income and good levels of health.  In contrast, London was ranked the third worst place to live out of the 39 cities included due to transport congestion, lack of affordable housing and long working hours, amongst other factors.

The other cities that made the top five were Oxford, Edinburgh, Cambridge and Aberdeen.  With Reading & Bracknell, these were the exact same top five cities as in the 2014 report – only the ordering has changed.  This stability suggests that these cities are performing exceptionally well on both a short term and a longer term basis.

You can read the full report, including discovering the ranking of your own city here.

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Thinking about a new home for 2016?

As 2015 draws to a close you might already be thinking about Christmas and the year ahead.  Some families will be contemplating new jobs, new schools, new arrivals in the family or even a new home.

If you are thinking about a move then we firmly believe that finding the right estate agent to sell your home is the most important first step.  Read our top tips for choosing the right estate agent in our recent article in Farnborough and Fleet Connection magazines.

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