Development Updates

Development Updates

The latest news about development plans for the area.

Dec 292015


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, 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?

  • Approach 6 – Combine Approaches 3 and 1 (favourite – preference 1)
  • Approach 5 – Combine Approaches 2 and 3 (preference 2)
  • Approach 7 – Combine Approaches 1, 2, and 3 (preference 3)
  • Approach 4 – Combine Approaches 1 and 2 (least favourite – preference 4)

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.

Aug 282014

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)

For more information see


Consultation on Hart Local Plan Housing Development Options

Hart District Council is preparing a new local plan. The first and main document will be a Local Plan: Strategy and Sites Development Plan Document covering the following broad issues:

  • Amount and distribution of new housing
  • Housing development, mix & provision (including travellers)
  • Amount and distribution of new business space
  • Retail and leisure provision
  • Infrastructure provision (roads, transport, schools, healthcare, utilities, etc)
  • Open space and Green infrastructure
  • Heritage assets
  • Design
  • Landscape Character
  • Biodiversity
  • Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area
  • Climate change
  • Renewable & low-carbon energy
  • Flood risk

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 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
  • Odiham – 10th September 2014, 10:30am – 7pm. Cross Barn, Palace Gate Farm, Odiham, RG29 1JX
  • Yateley – 15th September 2014, 10:30am – 7:30pm. Monteagle Community Hall, Tresham Crescent, Yateley
  • Fleet – 30th September 2014, 10:30am – 8pm. Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, GU51 4AE

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

Jul 172014

Updates on Current Planning Applications

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.

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.