Our local area of Hart district has been selected as the top place to live in the UK for the fifth year in a row.
According to the annual Halifax survey, Fleet and its surrounding towns and villages scored highly on a range of factors including life expectancy, employment and crime rates – even hours of sunshine when compared to other places across the UK. More than 97% of our residents say they are in good health and the average weekly wage is £839 – one third more than the UK average of £629. Employment rates are also high, with 80% of 16 to 64 year olds in work. Life expectancy is the joint highest in the UK, with men typically living to the age of 82 and women living to 86.
Winchester in Hampshire also appeared in the top five places to live, alongside Elmbridge in Surrey, Rutland in the East Midlands and Chiltern in Buckinghamshire. The survey analyses data from a variety of sources including the Office for National Statistics and the Met Office.
The continuing appeal of Hart continues to generate high demand for property in the Fleet area, so your home may be worth more than you thought. If you are thinking of selling your property then we would be delighted to help. With all the knowledge of a local high street agent, but at the cost of an online agent we can sell your property from as little as £499 or 0.5%+VAT, saving you thousands. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we can give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home.
We all know that local councils are under pressure in all parts of the UK to build more homes, with government targets set for the amount of new homes that must be built over the coming decades. As our population grows, we live longer and in more single person households, the requirement to make new properties available continues.
Development can of course be a good thing – bringing with it new investment in areas that have lacked it, new schools, sports facilities and green spaces. But development is also often a contentious issue, with many people wishing to protect our countryside and our existing facilities, which can become stretched by over development.
In our local area of Hart, debates over development continue following the Council’s decision at the end of 2014 to test Winchfield as a suitable site for development of over 2,000 new homes. The results from the testing are expected next month and in March the ‘New Settlement’ option will come up for another vote by Councillors. Reports have suggested that the new development will include funding for much needed major infrastructure such as a new secondary school, however there is also concern that funding will not be enough to cover the investment needed in local road and rail services, as well as the impact on local healthcare facilities and the countryside.
If you feel strongly for or against the proposed plans you are encouraged to write to your local councillor, contact your local Parish Council to input into their neighbourhood plan or vote in campaigns such as ‘We Heart Hart’ at http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/we-hart
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Hart District Council is preparing a new local plan, and is inviting views on where new homes should be built. Around 4,000 new homes are required between now and 2032.
The Housing Development Options Paper proposes five options for growth and they want to know which one you prefer, or whether there are any other options which they should consider.
Option 1 – called ‘Settlement Focus’ involves concentrating new housing development within the existing boundaries of the main settlements and larger villages within Hart and could deliver up to 875 homes
Option 2 – ‘Dispersal Strategy’ spreads the growth around the edges of the main towns and villages within Hart and could deliver as many as 4,000 homes
Option 3 – ‘Focused Growth (Strategic Urban Extensions)’ focusses the growth on the edges of one or two of the existing towns in Hart like Fleet and Hook. This could deliver around 3,500 homes
Option 4 – ‘Focused Growth (New Settlement)’ is the creation a completely new town or village. This could deliver 4,000 or more homes but could take up to 10 years before any homes are built so would need to be combined with another option.
Option 5 – Special Protection Area Avoidance Strategy – This pushes the growth away from the environmentally sensitive Special Protection Area covering the north and east of our district down towards Hook, Odiham, North and South Warnborough and Long Sutton and could deliver 1,500 homes
Only option 2 delivers the entire 4,000 homes required on its own. The other options would need to be combined to meet the target.
The consultation documents are available at www.hart.gov.uk/local-plan and you can use the online survey on the consultations page www.hart.gov.uk/consultations to give your feedback on the options. You can also email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The consultation closes at 5pm on 10th October 2014 so act quickly if you want to have your say.