Development Updates

Development Updates

The latest news about development plans for the area.

Sep 132019

Over the last 5 years there have been several consultations on the content of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan.   Following Examination by an independent Inspector, Hart District Council approved the Plan to be taken to Referendum.  This means all registered electors of Hook have the final say in whether the Plan gets adopted and becomes part of Hart’s Planning Policy for Hook.

The document sets out the community’s objectives for the development and use of land in Hook.  It includes a vision of how the Village Centre can be revitalised, adds weight to the protection of our green spaces and moves us towards improved sports and leisure facilities.

The more people who turn out and vote “YES”, the stronger our defence against unwelcome development and ensures the strength of the Plan.

The Plan documents can be found online at  A printed copy of the Plan and Examiner’s Report can be viewed at Hook Community Centre and at Elizabeth Hall.

Please encourage as many of your friends and family, who live in Hook, to vote.  Support your community by sharing the information we publish on our website, Facebook page and Hook App.  If you would like to display a poster in your window (there are a number of versions to choose from), they can be found below.  There is also a copy of our information leaflet.  For more information please contact the Parish Council Office 01256 768687 or contact us via Facebook or email

NP Referendum Information Handout

NP Referendum Poster 4 – Aqua

NP Referendum Poster 3 – Tropics

NP Referendum Poster 1 – Green

Jul 182019

There are several significant planning/development related matters that will be of interest to residents of Hook:

  1. Premier Inn Hotel coming to Hook
  2. New settlement\Shapley Heath Garden Community update
  3. Local Plan update
  4. Holt Farm SANG application

Local action group Hook Action Against Over Development (HAAOD) have issued their latest newsletter giving more information about these topics. If you wish to subscribe to the HAAOD newsletter to be kept abreast with developments, please go to

A copy of HAAOD latest newsletter can be found here Update from Hook Action Against Overdevelopment – July 2019

The Parish Council Planning and Infrastructure Committee are to consider the Holt Farm SANG application (along with other planning applications) on Wednesday 24th July and will submit representations directly to Hart District Council (HDC).

Please be aware that whilst Hook Parish Council is consulted on planning matters, the Council’s representation is only one voice.  If you wish your views to be taken account of by HDC in the determination of planning applications (whether in support or in opposition), please submit it via their planning portal.

If you have any comments\views regarding the above planning proposals please contact HDC directly on 01252 622 122

Mar 292019

Following consultation on a draft Hook Neighbourhood Plan in November – December 2018 the Parish Council as the ‘qualifying body’ has amended the Plan and now submitted it to Hart District Council.

Hart District Council is now required to carry out further consultation on the Plan. The consultation period is between 1st April and 20th May 2019, and all representations must be made to the District Council as set out below.

Copies of the proposed Hook Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents (including the representation form/procedures to be followed in responding) are available to view on the Hart District Council’s website at

Hard copies (including representations forms) are also available for inspection during normal opening hours at:


Hart District Council Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4AE

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm


Hook Parish Council Office, Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft, Hook, RG27 9NN

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 12:00 pm or by appointment (01256 768687 or 01256 768573)

Please note that representations to the consultation must be made in writing. There are several ways to make your comments:

Any representation may include a request to be notified of the Council’s decision to ‘make’ the Neighbourhood Development Plan (bring it in to legal force).

Following this six week public consultation, the proposed Plan will be submitted for independent examination. Dependent on the outcome of the examination the Plan will then be subject to a local referendum. If successful, the Hook Neighbourhood Plan will be ‘made’ (bought into legal force) and will form part of the Hart Development Plan and be used in the determination of planning applications relating to land in Hook Parish.

All comments must be received by 4pm on Monday 20th May. Representations after this time will not be accepted.

Mar 222019

This morning (22nd March 2019), on day 4 of the Inquiry, the developer WITHDREW their Appeal for permission to build 700 homes.

This means the Inquiry Closed!

Well done to all those who worked tirelessly to help build the evidence and present the case. Hook won out in the end.

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.