Development Updates

Development Updates

The latest news about development plans for the area.

Apr 172014

Planning Application for NE Hook – public display of plans

There will be an opportunity to view the full size plans on Saturday 26th April 2014 between 10:00 and 17:30 at Basingstoke Country Hotel.

COMMENTS should be made to Hart District Council by 30th April 2014:

  • at or
  • email , (quoting application No 14/00733/MAJOR)

The site is referred to as: Land To The North Of, London Road, Hook, Hampshire.

The application is for: Outline Application for the development of up to 550 residential dwellings on 38.58 ha of land including:

  • the demolition of No.1 and No.2 Titchener Farm Cottages;
  • the closure of the existing access from London Road
  • the creation of 3 No. new vehicular accesses (1 from Reading Road, 1 from Griffin Way North and 1 from London Road);
  • provision of sports pitches, land for a community facility, open space (inc children’s play areas);
  • Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) and sustainable urban drainage systems; and
  • associated landscaping, infrastructure and earthworks.

Hook Parish Council’s Planning Committee will consider the application on 7th May 2014.

Please feel free to forward the poster to interested parties, or to print and display it.

Apr 072014

Planning Application for NE Hook

We are advised that a planning application has been received by Hart District Council for the main North East Hook site. Hart’s planning officers will now validate it – that is, they will check that all the appropriate information has been included and the correct fees paid. Once that has been done it will be offered for public consultation and comments.

Mar 092014

Public Meeting

How does Government Planning Policy influence decision making on current development proposals for Hook?

Friday 14th March 2014 at 7.30pm

Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP

and Councillor Ranil Jayawardena (Parliamentary Candidate – NE Hants)

will be speaking on the Government perspective, respond to the many emails sent by residents and explain what they are going to do about these problems.

Representatives of Hart District Council will also present the planning perspective. There will be an opportunity to ask the speakers questions.
Come to the Woodland Suite, Basingstoke Country Hotel to hear more.

Download the poster and display it to help publicise the meeting.

Mar 062014

District Councillor Mike Morris, Hook’s ward member on Hart District Council’s Planning Committee, has issued the following statement about the latest position on these planning applications:

Brown Croft (Ratified at Full Council subject to further highways checks).

After the Full Council Meeting and because of questions asked at the previous planning meeting and the question asked at Full Council regarding the highways support the Council receives at planning meetings, the Corporate Director and Monitoring Officer requested that the highways element of the subject planning application be checked by an independent highways expert to ensure the road and entrance/exit to the site scheme was safe and within highways policy. If the highways scheme is deemed safe the application grant documentation will be released.

Reading Road (clarification and entrance/exit safety investigations)

At the planning meeting the entrance to the site was discussed, as the planning ward member considered the entrance/exit too close to John Morgan Close entrance and so requested further investigation. At Full Council the Chief Executive advised the meeting that the minute recorded at that planning meeting was considered not sufficiently clear and so he directed the application back to the planning committee for clarification. Only the minute can be discussed, as the planning committee had already granted permission. The entrance/exit will be resolved under condition and probably by a sub committee of the planning committee. Once the planning committee has resolved the minute the application will return to Full Council.

A fuller explanation and further updates can be found on Mike Morris’ Blog

Feb 262014

The planning application by Banner Gleeson to build houses at Reading Road was granted by Hart District Council’s Planning Committee, against the objections of Hook Parish Council and many residents. This site requires a SANG but it is large enough to provide one within its own boundaries. Hook Parish Council have agreed that the SANG provision will be at Bassetts Mead instead and the open space land at Reading Road will be laid out as a sports pitch. This will provide an extra much-needed community facility in addition to a sum of money for maintaining Bassetts Mead. This agreement was only reached after the Parish Council had satisfied itself that the development would go ahead regardless of whether these advantages to the community were taken up or not.

The planning application by Taylor Wimpey at Brown Croft has also been granted by Hart District Council’s Planning Committee, similarly against objections from the Parish Council and residents. No agreement regarding SANG has been reached between the developers of this site and Hook Parish Council – the application includes a SANG within the site. In this case there is a strip of land which must be acquired to secure the access to the site – this land is in the ownership of the Parish Council, but that ownership is conditional. The Parish Council can be required by Hart District Council to give up the land, without the option of refusal. All matters other than Access for this application have been reserved until a later date.

Charles Church Developments say they are preparing a planning application for land at Hop Garden Road, but have not yet submitted an application.

No planning application has yet been submitted for the main North East Hook development site either.

Hart District Council Corporate Director Daryl Phillips has agreed to speak at the Hook Annual Village Meeting on April 23rd about the failure of the Local Plan, the current planning situation and the future outlook. All residents are most welcome to attend.

Jan 252014

In the absence of a local plan for housing, a number of developers are applying for permission to build on sites around Hook:-

A planning application has been submitted for a site at Reading Road. This was considered by Hook Parish Council in January and objections were made. The full details of the application and of the Council’s objections can be seen on the District Council’s planning portal – the application number to search for is 13/02585/MAJ.

At the other end of Hook, Taylor Wimpey have made an application on land off Brown Croft (“High Ridge Farm”). This is an outline application and so far only Access has been considered, with other matters being reserved. The Parish Council have raised objections to this one also – the application number is 13/02567/MAJOR.

Charles Church also applied for a scoping opinion on land at the end of Hop Garden Road. This was to ascertain whether they needed to do an Environmental Impact Assessment – they don’t. They have yet to submit a planning application.

The Sainsbury’s planning application has now been granted planning permission by Hart District Council, subject to approval from the Secretary of State. Tesco have now also submitted an application for an enlarged store, to be situated on the site currently occupied by Rawlings Transport.

Sep 102013

The Parish Council’s Planning Committee considered the Sainsbury’s planning application on 7th August and has objected to it. The absence of a Core Strategy means that this is at present effectively development in open countryside, which is against existing planning policy. There is no comprehensive approach with the North East Hook housing site. The Hampshire Highways Authority has stated that the access junction, about which there is great local concern, “The current proposals are therefore not acceptable to the Highway Authority.” They have also requested further information from Sainsbury’s on highway and traffic matters. There is no provision for foul or surface water disposal in the absence of firm plans for the housing – an obvious problem given that the sewage pumping station in Holt Lane is struggling already.

Sainsbury’s have done a Retail Impact Assessment which assesses likely impact on retail businesses in the village centre as well as calculating by an approved method whether there is a need for a store of this size here. Hart have commissioned their own assessment of these issues, which isn’t yet available. In its response the Parish Council has accordingly informed Hart that it will consider and respond in detail in respect of this issue when the relevant information is to hand. This is likely to be when the District Council itself considers the application, which could be in September but, in view of the need for changes to the application, may not be until October or possibly even later.

There are also issues with lighting in the car park, conditions restricting vehicle movements, the design of the building itself, landscaping and a lack of information about wildlife populations on the site.

Sep 102013

Hart District Council’s Cabinet has approved the ‘Interim Policy Statement’ which will provide the policy basis for planning in Hart until a replacement Core Strategy can be prepared. The Interim Statement proposes 550 dwellings on the North east Hook site, with a further 50 on other sites in Hook, yet to be identified.

Aug 182013

Following the Inspector’s decision that Hart District Council’s draft Core Strategy was unsound and should be withdrawn, Hart has advised that they will be starting work immediately on an updated Core Strategy. They are aiming for the new draft to be published in April 2014. The Parish Council will make representations as appropriate as and when a new draft Strategy is published for consultation. In September Hart will be considering an ‘Interim Policy Statement’ for North East Hook. It will provide a policy context for development, albeit one with limited weight.

In the meantime the District Council also has to comply with the National Planning Policy Framework which means that it has to demonstrate that it has a 5-year housing land supply (although it is not now clear on what basis that should be calculated). Given that the government is making it clear that not enough houses are being built, it is likely that the housing numbers for the District as a whole will rise considerably above the 236 per annum proposed in the draft Core Strategy. However, because Hook already has a substantial number proposed, it is not likely that the numbers here will go up – although they certainly will not go down. For that reason therefore Hart may decide to grant permission for developments in north east Hook if and when a planning application has been submitted notwithstanding that there is no extant policy base in place.

There is also a distinct possibility that developers with other sites in Hook will try to take advantage of the current lack of a firm policy base and also submit planning applications with the intention of going to appeal if those applications are refused. Whilst the Parish Council does not welcome any such applications neither it nor Hart District Council may be able to stop them. If such developments are inevitable the Parish Council will take a pragmatic view and negotiate the best community and recreational facilities that it can for the benefit of the residents of Hook.