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News Bulletin: November 2015

Latest on the Local Plan Timetable

Cabinet at Hart District Council on 1st October 2015 approved a new Local Plan timetable:

  • Consultation on a ‘Refined Housing Options Paper’ Winter 2015
  • Consultation will take place on a Draft Local Plan ‘Preferred Approach’ and Sustainability Appraisal in Summer 2016 for publication in Autumn 2016
  • Submission will be Winter 2016
  • Examination will take place Spring 2017 for adoption Summer 2017

The Consultation on a ‘Refined Housing Options Paper’ Winter 2015 will be an opportunity for residents to comment on the refined proposals. The consultation will be site specific with the option for a new town named as Winchfield. Other sites still in the mix for the Local Plan will also be named. Hart District Cabinet will discuss the detail of the options and how the consultation will take place at an extra Cabinet meeting in November. The Parish Council will publish its response to the consultation on our website.

It is essential that residents respond to the consultation and the Parish Council would appreciate a copy of the response at planning@hook.gov.uk

Hook Neighbourhood Plan

– Please see the Neighbourhood Plan Website.

Official Opening of Hook Community Centre

Please see here for the official announcement


If you walk around Hartletts Park you will see that the bollards, the car park barrier, benches, bike racks, red bins, map case and teen shelter have all been painted. This work has been undertaken by Probation Teams as community payback and work has been undertaken that otherwise we would have had to wait for money to become available in another year.


The Annual Hook Schools Parents Association Fire Show and Fireworks will take place on Saturday 7th November. Hartletts Park will be closed from 4pm until the conclusion of the firework display for safety reasons, as the Parish Council Car Park in Ravenscroft is the fall-out area. Please remove all vehicles from the car park by 4pm, when the barrier will be locked.

Hitting the Cold Spots

Winter is coming and Hitting the Cold Spots is a Hampshire County Council Adult Services and Public Health Departments initiative, working with the local charity the Environment Centre (tEC), whereby vulnerable members of our society who feel the cold should get in touch by ringing 0800 804 8601 Mon-Fri (9am-5pm), emailing staywarm@environmentcentre.com, or find out what’s available on www.hants.gov.uk/cold-spots. Please encourage people with increased vulnerability to the cold that need help and support, older people, children, disabled people or those with long term medical conditions, to get in touch with the friendly support team. All sorts of practical help and benefits can be had, including access to funding where available for boiler repairs and replacement.

Become a Snow Angel – help keep pavement near you ice-free this winter

Help is on hand should older people be affected by snow if it comes. If you would like to become a Snow Angel, helping older or more vulnerable people to access their local services; ensuring neighbours are not left alone or isolated when the weather turns cold; getting ready to clear ice or snow in your local area – please contact Louise Hampton on 07714616610 or email louise.hampton@living streets.org.uk. Free salt tubs and shovels are provided.

Home Library Service

Do you, or someone you know, love reading but can no longer get to the library due to ill health, disability or caring responsibilities?

Help is on hand as DBS cleared volunteers can deliver books or audio books to your home once a month.If you would like more information please contact your local library or ring 0300 555 1387 or go to www.hants.gov.uk/home-library-service to complete an on-line form.A member of the Home Library Service will then ring you to chat about what sort of library items you require and match you to a volunteer.

Sue Hinton
Parish Councillor
PR and Media Portfolio Holder