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.
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).
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.
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:
ACT BY 15 JANUARY TO HELP PREVENT HOOK BEING SWAMPED BY HOUSING. YOUR RESPONSE TO HART’S HOUSING CONSULTATION IS IMPORTANT!
By now every household should have received a flyer from Hart District Council telling them how to respond to the Local Plan Housing Options survey. If you haven’t responded yet, you have until 15 January 2016 – it is very important that we make Hook’s voice heard. The flyer will tell you how to submit your views online (at hart.gov.uk/local-plan-consultation), but if you need a paper copy of the response form just contact the Parish Council office or pick up a copy at Trees Newsagents. Every member of each household is entitled to vote, and every vote counts.
Hook is already scheduled to receive over 800 houses even before Hart’s Local Plan is finalised. But we could be in for between 200 and 900 more, depending largely on whether the go-ahead is given for the new settlement at Winchfield. As reported last month, if Winchfield doesn’t go ahead the slack will be taken up by three major “Urban Extensions” in Hart:
Pale Lane Farm – Elvetham Heath
West of Fleet – Church Crookham
West of Hook – between Hook and Newnham
Not only would this be bad news for Hook, it may well be a poor long-term choice for Hart. It could well lead to most of Hart’s settlements joining together in a ring around the undeveloped area of Winchfield. This would keep a nice green heart to Hart, but only at the expense of places like Hook. However, if Winchfield does go ahead, these major developments are unlikely to be necessary.
If you look at the map you will see that a few of the Winchfield sites are actually just over the boundary in Hook Parish, but are some distance from the logical centre of the new settlement. If and when they are developed they will be part of Winchfield and should not put pressure on Hook’s facilities.
We will – of course – be submitting a formal response after the Parish Council meeting on 6 January. However, we have already discussed it at length and here is the Council’s current consensus on the answers to the most important questions:
Q4 – Prioritise the Approaches:
Approach 3 – New settlement at Winchfield (favourite – preference 1)
Approach 1 – Dispersal of new housing amongst all existing settlements (preference 2)
Approach 2 – Strategic Urban Extensions, including West of Hook (least favourite – preference 3)
Q5 – if we need to combine more than one Approach, which should we choose?
In addition, we will also be reminding Hart just how much development Hook has already been allocated, and why it would be unreasonable to expect us to take many more.
This is in line with the draft response from both Hook Action Against Over-development and theHook Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. None of these groups has strong opinions on the answers to the other questions as they are unlikely to have a great effect on Hook. Though all of them expect to provide responses, it’s probably more useful for each person to feed their own opinions back to Hart. Obviously everybody is free to answer questions 4 and 5 in any way they like, but we feel that the priority order given above will be most beneficial to both Hook – and the whole of Hart – in the long-run.
If you have any questions just contact the Parish Council on 01256 768687 or email . Bear in mind that the offices will be shut between Christmas and New Year.
Hook Neighbourhood Plan (NP) – The Parish Council is leading on the production of a Hook Neighbourhood Plan. The recently formed Steering Group is is keen to seek additional members to take an active part in its preparing the plan and to ensure the plan is representative of the whole community. Please come and speak to group members on:
9th September 2014 at Elizabeth Hall (in tandem with the Hart Local Plan drop in session – see below)
14th September 2014 at Elizabeth Hall from 2-5 pm (Hook Allotment Association Autumn Fayre)
As part of the preparation process the Council is consulting on a Housing Development Options Paper and accompanying Sustainability Appraisal. The documents can be viewed at www.hart.gov.uk/local-plan along with a housing options summary paper, a summary leaflet and a response form.
The consultation starts on 14th August 2014. The deadline for responses is 5pm, 10th October 2014
Hart are holding a series of drop-in sessions (no appointment needed) at the following locations where you can speak to Council officers:
Hook – 9th September 2014, 10:30am – 7:30pm. Elizabeth Hall, Raven Road, Hook, RG27 9HH
If you have any queries regarding this consultation, please contact us at or on 01252 774118. Please note that further consultations will follow in 2015 as the full plan develops. For further information on current and emerging planning policy, and evidence base studies please visit http://www.hart.gov.uk/planning-policy
The planning application for the Hop Garden Road / Owens Farm proposal is currently expected to be considered by Hart’s Development Control Committee during the summer. The plans for the major North East Hook site will probably not come forward before the autumn.
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.