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Yateley bids for neighbourhood status in Hart District Council public consultation

Yateley is a thriving town in North East Hampshire with a pretty village green. Complete with neighbouring areas Frogmore and Darby Green, it is home to over 20,000 local residents.

Yateley Town Council is currently seeking permission from Hart District Council for the whole area to be designated as a ‘neighbourhood area’. This will enable them to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Yateley.

Neighbourhood plans help shape future development

Neighbourhood Plans are a hot topic at the moment. They are an important part of the development of our local area, particularly when it comes to planning. Hart District Council ran a consultation last year on their ‘Hart Local Plan: Strategy and Sites 2016 – 2032’ which looks at policies and sites for development for the next few years. Their latest version goes out to public consultation next month.

Developing a Neighbourhood Plan allows local communities to play a greater role in determining the future of their area. If approved and adopted they become a statutory document. They must be taken into account when planning applications are submitted either by individuals or developers. Areas such as Hartley Wintney have already developed their own neighbourhood plan and Yateley are looking to do the same.

Have your say

The consultation on Yateley’s application is open until 4pm on Monday 12 February. You can view the proposed area online, and submit comments by email to neighbourhoodplanning@hart.gov.uk or by post to Neighbourhood Planning, Corporate Policy, Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 4AE.

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Last chance to have your say on the future of Rushmoor

Rushmoor Borough Council, which covers the key towns of Farnborough and Aldershot, have been working on a new development plan called the Rushmoor Local Plan. This document provides the overall development strategy for the area. It guides the location, scale and type of future development for 2014 to 2032. Other local councils such as Hart District Council have been going through similar processes, in order to meet government requirements for new housing.

Time to have your say

The Rushmoor Local Plan has now entered its final stage and local residents are invited to give their views through an online consultation. The consultation is open until Friday 21st July, so you still have a few days to make your comments count.

You can view a copy of the draft plan, along with its supporting documents on the Council website. You can also view the documents at the council offices, Farnborough Library and Aldershot Library during office hours.

A ‘spatial strategy’ for residential development

The plan covers many key aspects of living in Rushmoor including sustainability objectives, the employment environment and more. A major part of the plan is the ‘spatial strategy’. This identifies the potential capacity in the Borough for around 8,700 new dwellings between 2014 and 2032. Of these, approximately 3,850 new homes will be created at Wellesley, Aldershot. At least 4,000 new homes will be built from the rest of the region. Around 1,700 will be situated within Aldershot (outside Wellesley) and 2,300 from within Farnborough.

To submit your comments on the proposal you can use this online link. You can also download and complete a representation form from the website and email or post it to the Council.

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Have your say on the local Hart Development Plan by 9th June

Hart District Council have opened a consultation to enable residents to have their say on the Hart development plan.  This local plan will shape the future of Hart’s towns, villages and countryside.

Identifying sites for development

According to the Hart development plan, since 2011 5,304 homes have already been built or permitted.  Allowing for ‘windfalls’ from unidentified small sites, this means the council needs to plan for 4,591 new homes by 2032.  The council’s preference is to use brownfield (previously developed land) where possible.  Of the 4,591 homes required, 2,030 (44%) will be provided by ‘brownfield’ opportunities.  A new community of 1,500 homes will be built on the site of the former Pyestock National Gas Turbine Establishment (Hartland Village).  Extension of the Sun Park site adjacent to M3 Junction 4a will provide a further 320 homes.  The rest of the sites are expected to come from ‘greenfield’ land, including a new settlement of up to 1,800 new homes at Murrell Green.

Exhibitions and events

The council are running staffed exhibitions and drop in sessions at a variety of locations across the district.  These events are designed to give everyone a better understanding of the plan and the opportunity to talk to the council.  Dates include The Tythings in Yateley on 10 May and Hawley Leisure Centre on 15 May.  You can view a full list on the council website.  Leaflets have also been sent to all households and businesses in Hart.

You can find out more about the Hart Development plan and have your say online at www.hart.gov.uk.  You can also download a response form and email it to planningpolicy@hart.gov.uk.  The closing date for comments is 9th June so you still have time to share your thoughts.

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Visit the Homebuilding & Renovating Show this month

The doors to the biggest homebuilding and renovating exhibition open later this month at the Birmingham NEC.

The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show is the go-to exhibition for self builders and renovators.  Run over the 4 days, the show offers the chance to meet hundreds of exhibitors.  You can gain free advice from home building and renovating experts and increase your knowledge through free theatre sessions.  You can even have a free one-on-one consultation with an architect, planner, builder, architectural technologist or Homebuilding & Renovating expert to get tailored advice for your own project.

Free talks and free advice

The show offers a wide range of free talks covering self-building and renovating.  In the Masterclass Theatre you can learn about everything from kitchen design to ultra low energy homes to specifying the correct glazing.  At the Tricks of the Trade Theatre you can gain practical skills on how to skim plaster, hang doors or even avoid cowboy builders.

Hundreds of exhibitors

In the exhibition hall you can see, touch and test thousands of products from frameless sliding doors to steel balustrades to frozen damp proof course systems.  There are also many building firms, architects, financial advisors on hand.  They can help you turn your dream into reality.

You can find out more about the show and book tickets on their website.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Birmingham this month.  The show moves around the country at various locations.  It will be coming to Surrey on 1st and 2nd July at Sandown Park.

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Hart Council Planning Consultation reopens

Hart District Council have launched a fresh consultation on future development across the Hart area.

An initial consultation began in November 2015 but was stopped mid January 2016 due to errors found in the supporting material.  At the time, Cllr Stephen Parker, Leader of Hart District Council, said: “In order not to undermine the consultation process and to maintain a fair and transparent procedure, we have taken the decision to stop the consultation and have ceased our online response form…. I would like to reassure the public that by working with my colleagues to rectify the issues discovered, we will create a robust consultation going forward.”

With these matters now resolved, a fresh consultation has now opened and residents are once again invited to give their views on how development in the Hart area should be managed over the coming decades.  Cllr Stephen Parker, said: “We have been working hard over the past weeks to identify and rectify our consultation material. This has been completed and we are now confident that the new consultation is robust.”

The consultation itself remains largely unchanged and the Council has put in a place a process to assist respondents to read the changes and confirm their original response online, using the dedicated link www.hart.gov.uk/confirmation-of-local-plan-response. For those who have not had the opportunity to respond as yet, they can use the standard www.hart.gov.uk/local-plan-consultation-2016 to submit their response.

The consultation will be open until 4pm on Friday 18 March so now is the time to have your say on future development in this part of Hampshire.

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Hart District Council halts development consultation

Back in November we reported that Hart District Council had opened a major public consultation into future planning options for development across the area.  The consultation was designed to harness residents’ views about what approach to development the council should take, as well as sharing information on the types of development required.  As Cllr Stephen Parker, Leader of Hart District Council, said: “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.”

However the consultation has since been closed, due to errors found in the consultation material.

In an apology to residents,  Cllr Stephen Parker, said: “In order not to undermine the consultation process and to maintain a fair and transparent procedure, we have taken the decision to stop the consultation and have ceased our online response form…. I would like to reassure the public that by working with my colleagues to rectify the issues discovered, we will create a robust consultation going forward.”

The consultation is expected to reopen in the next few weeks.  The council has outlined that the questions will not change and that it is expecting to send new summary material to all residents.

For further updates please visit www.hart.gov.uk

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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 www.hart.gov.uk/consultations.  Residents are invited to use the online survey via www.hart.gov.uk/local-plan-consultation 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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Young first time buyers can now sign up online for cut-price new starter homes

In a move announced by the government last year, young first time buyers can now go online and sign up for cut-price new starter homes – with 20% off the asking price.

The www.starter-home.co.uk website officially launched this weekend and is now live for those under 40 to register their interest in buying one of the new homes.  New rules have cut planning requirements for the new Starter Homes, allowing house builders to slash 20% off the usual price.  The government says that building on the first homes is expected to start within months.

Housing already seems to be becoming an important topic in the run up to the election with all major political parties pledging to increase the number of new homes being built every year to cater for increasing demand and to help stimulate the economy.  Though increasing supply runs the risk of diluting housing prices, in our extremely competitive areas of Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire schemes to help get people on the property ladder should only help to meet existing demand and be good news for our local property market.

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Housing Development in Hart – Winchfield in the spotlight

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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Housing Development in Hart: Have your say

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 planningpolicy@hart.gov.uk.

The consultation closes at 5pm on 10th October 2014 so act quickly if you want to have your say.