Development Updates

Development Updates

The latest news about development plans for the area.

Feb 142019

Apsley House Capital plc is applying to the Secretary of State (SoS) for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) under section 16 of the Commons Act 2006 to deregister a strip of land at the junction of Newnham Road and London Road (A30), which is part of the Village Green (Jubilee Green, Newnham Road – VG Number. 138).  The purpose of this application is to enable the proposals for the development of Owens Farm consisting of 700 dwellings (associated facilities) to be progressed.   Under section 38 of the Common Action 2006 Apsley House Capital plc has also applied to the SoS to carry out restricted works on Hook Common, which involves a strip of land either side of the junction of Carleton Close and Newnham Road. The proposed works are to widen this road to facilitate access by a proposed new public bus service and footway along Newnham Road.

A copy of the application forms can be inspected at the office of Hook Parish Council, Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft, Hook, RG27 9NN between 9am and midday Monday-Friday until 14 March 2019 or by appointment.

The planning Inspectorate will decide the application on behalf of the Secretary of State.  Any representations should be sent in writing ON or BEFORE that date to The Planning Inspectorate, Commons Team at 3F Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN or .

Mar 292018

The deadline (26/03/2018) for the final Consultation on the Hart Local Plan has now passed.  Hook Parish Council provided a response to the plan, prior to the deadline.  It can be viewed here HPC response to Hart Local Plan Strategy & Sites 2016-2032 Proposed Submission Verison1

In this final consultation, objections will only be considered by the Inspectorate if they make clear that the plan, or part of the plan is inadequate in regards to “legal compliance” and “soundness” of the Local Plan.

This means, in preparing the Local Plan:

  • Has the Council followed the correct procedures?
  • Has the Council complied with the Duty to Cooperate?
  • Does the Plan meet the “tests of soundness” set out below:

Positively prepared – the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;

Justified – the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;

Effective – the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities;

Consistent with national policy – the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework.

The comments made on the Proposed Submission Plan will be sent to the Secretary of State along with the ‘Submission’ Local Plan and all supporting evidence. The Local Plan will then be examined by an independent planning inspector whose role is to assess whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Cooperate, legal and procedural requirements, and whether it is sound. The examination is likely to involve public hearings.

The Inspector may conclude that the Plan is sound (with or without further changes) or that it is unsound. If significant changes are needed to make the plan sound these will be subject to further consultation.

It is anticipated that the Local Plan will be adopted towards the end of 2018.

The latest timetable is set out in the Local Development Scheme, available at

Nov 282017

The last year has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of Hook planning applications, submitted to Hart District Council (HDC).  These include several large scale developments, such as Owen’s Farm (West of Hook).

Hook Parish Council’s Planning and Infrastructure Committee meets twice monthly to discuss such applications.  As a statutory consultee, representing the local community’s interests, it continues to feedback local opinions though the submission of planning comments to HDC.  A summary of the larger applications received and the Parish Council’s response to them can be found below:

Summary of current Planning & Infrastructure Committee (P&I) workload

The past few months have seen a significant number of larger scale planning applications or pre-application consultations for the P&I Committee to consider and report on. There are also many ad-hoc meetings with potential developers or landowners. The P&I Committee meets twice monthly and the public are welcome to attend meetings. In addition, the Applications for extensions or small developments have been arriving at the rate of between 5 and 10 per month.

David Wilson Homes and Croudace Strategic have permission for 550 dwellings on 38.58ha in NE Hook and are currently satisfying planning conditions to enable them to start construction. Presently, some advance works are taking place that are mainly related to protecting ecological features.

The position with Sainsbury’s is not confirmed. The last update we received, indicated their intent to commence construction once at least 100 dwelling had been built on NE Hook?

Stonegate Homes have submitted an application for a complete re-development of the Bartley House site on Station Road. Considerable consultation has taken place to ensure a satisfactory appearance of this landmark building at the entrance to Hook Village. Hart DC are expected to shortly grant permission for the current proposals.

Wilbur Developments have submitted an application for 700 dwellings at Owen’s Farm (West of Hook). Hook PC have liaised closely with Newnham PC in forming objections to the proposals. Apart from the site itself forming a significant urban extension to the west side of Hook, the most notable objection is that the transport infrastructure proposals for mitigating the impacts of this site are currently inadequate and inaccurate. It is expected that Hart DC will take this application to their Planning Committee in January. There have been significant numbers of objections from the public to the proposal.  You can find the full objection that we sent to Hart here HPC response to West of Hook

Rawlings Haulage propose to relocate from their Village Centre site. Hook PC strongly supported their proposal to move to the existing Business Park at Murrell Green, but that was previously rejected by Hart DC. A number of re-development options have been presented for the existing site. Hart DC has supported a residential use in principle indicating the current McCarthy and Stone proposals would be positively viewed.

There is continuous pressure from a number of developers wishing to convert offices on the Bartley Wood Business Park to residential dwellings by use of Permitted Development Rights. Hart DC have declined Hook PC’s requests to prevent such conversions by serving a Direction that would require developers to follow the full planning process. To date, only the conversion of Providence House has progressed to construction of residential units. There is also pressure to develop the car parking areas of these offices. An appeal against a refusal for planning permission was rejected by the Planning Inspectorate, essentially on the basis that the site would provide a poor quality residential scheme with unsatisfactory parking provision.

Store Property own Stratfield House (the former Taylor Wimpey offices) in Station Road and have applied to convert this building into 1 and 2 bed apartments under Permitted Development Rights. Hook PC support the emerging Neighbourhood Plan’s objective to retain buildings of mixed use (residential and retail/commerce) in the village centre, where possible. However, given the small scale of this proposed development, it may prove financially unviable for the developer to incorporate business use on this site.

Lightwood Properties have presented their proposal for a new stand-alone Garden Community incorporating its own retail offerings at Murrell Green. Hook PC is not supportive of a separate settlement at this location,

  • where there is no public transport; and
  • where a competing retail provision would only be detrimental to the current aspirations in the draft Neighbourhood Plan, which aims to regenerate Hook Village Centre.

Gallagher Estates have put forward their proposals for a new Winchfield Garden Community settlement centred around the mainline railway station and other infrastructure. We are informed that the proposals are on a site controlled by a consortium, so it is deliverable and includes plans for a Secondary School providing a 1,000 pupil capacity. The developer has recently requested an Environmental Impact Assessment Screening Opinion from Hart DC for this development. The outline proposal is supported in principle by Hook PC.

Jul 042017

You may have seen in Hook Focus (on Page 9) that the developer for West of Hook has put together details of what they propose.  This is a pre – planning document as a full planning application has not yet been submitted.  We anticipate that they will do this in August.  Please keep checking the planning agenda to see when this comes up for discussion at the next Planning Meeting

These documents are just a proposal of what they plan to do and they are looking for feed back from local residents in regards to this.  We will be putting up the display information they have sent us in the Foyer of the Hook Community Centre.  Unfortunately, due to the size of the files, they have sent us we are unable to put this up on our website.  Therefore, to review the information that will be on our Display boards, please go to

If you would like to review the paper copies, please make an appointment to come into the Parish Council offices to do so.

Below is the one of the summary documents they have sent us.

Owens Farm Development – Armstrong Rigg

Jun 222017

Land to the west of Hop Garden Road and to the north of Seton Drive, Hook.

The appeal is allowed and the planning permission Ref 16/02301/FUL for the erection of a block of 3no. stables to include a feed store and tack room and the change of use of the land to allow the keeping of horses at land to the west of Hop Garden Road and to the north of Seton Drive, Hook granted on 16 November 2016 by Hart District Council, is varied by deleting condition 7.

Please click link below for the full document

Hop Garden appeal decision (2)

May 232017

Below is our Draft response to the Hart Local Plan 2011 – 2032.  Please be aware that this is our Draft response.  Unless we make any changes to this response, it will be submitted to Hart District Council on Thursday 8th June 2017.  Please let us know if you have any comments prior to this date.

Please Note: The Parish Council response to Hart District Council only counts as ONE response.  In order to strengthen Hook residents views, we need as many residents as possible to respond to Hart District Council with their views before the closing date of 5pm 9th June 2017.

Hook Parish Council-Response to Hart draft LP

Below is the document with the questions raised by residents and put to the District Councillors and the responses we received from the District Councillors.

HPC ‘Drop-in’ Q&A re. the HDC Local Plan_JW_21052017

May 182017

Due to ongoing discussions with the District Councillors representing Hook, the Parish Council has requested clarification of certain additional points which relate to its draft response to Hart’s Local Plan. Therefore, pursuant to receiving this clarification, we will publish the Parish Council’s draft response on this page on Monday, 22nd May, not on Thursday, 18th May (as previously stated).

May 092017


You will have received a leaflet through your door advising you of a consultation event that was held on Tuesday 2nd May 2pm – 8pm. This was an event run by Hart District Council to discuss all aspects of the Hart Local Plan. On Sunday 7th May we (Hook Parish Council) hosted an event at Elizabeth Hall explaining how the Hart Local Plan would affect Hook residents.

There are two further opportunities for you to see what the Hart Local Plan means for Hook residents.

  • The display boards from our event can be view in the foyer of the Hook Community Centre until the end of the consultation on the 9th June.
  • Prior to the Annual Village Meeting 24th May at Hook Community Centre, our staff will be available for you to ask any questions and view the display between 7pm – 8:30pm, when the formal meeting starts. The Hook Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will be providing an update during the meeting.

Your response to the current draft Local Plan Consultation is essential if you wish to share your views on the further development of Hook. Previous responses to earlier consultations will not be taken into account.

Once adopted, this Plan will become Planning Policy until 2032. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your say.

Please provide your comments via or by post to Hart District Council, Harlington Way, Fleet, GU51 4AW by

5pm on Friday 9th June 2017

Please copy your comments to Hook Parish Council (). Your comments to Hart will assist your Parish Council in forming its response.

On Thursday 18th May our draft comments to Hart District Council will be published on this page. On Thursday 8th June our final comments will be published on this page and submitted to Hart District Council. Slide 3 of the A3 2017 Local Plan Consultation Info – final document summarises the Parish Councils main concerns we have in regards to the local plan

Below are the links to the information and maps that are on display and were shown on Sunday 7th May and will be shown at the Annual Village Meeting:

A3 2017 Local Plan Consultation What is SANG

A3 2017 Local Plan Consultation Info – final

New Dwellings Being Provided in Hook

Proposed Office Conversions and Brownfield Developments

Below is the link to the exhibition boards Hart District Council are showing at their roadshows.  The pages relevant to Hook are 1, 4, 5, 7, 11, 12.