Major Planning Applications – An application for the NE Hook site will be considered by Hart’s Planning Committee in September.
In May outline permission was granted for 60 dwellings at High Ridge Farm, accessed via Brown Croft. It is expected that the developer will hold a public exhibition in September, prior to applying for full planning later in the year. We will publicize details of the exhibition via our noticeboards and other media when the date is confirmed.
In July permission was refused for erection of 48 dwellings Land off Hop Garden Road, Hook.
Local Plan – As part of the preparation for the new plan, Hart is consulting on how much growth there should be in the District and options for where it should take place up to 2032. The full documentation can be found at http://www.hart.gov.uk/local-plan. Copies of the Housing Options Summary Paper and questionnaire are also available from the Parish Council Office.
A drop-in session is being held in Hook on 9 September 2014 between 10.30am – 7.30pm at Elizabeth Hall, when District Council officers will be available to answer questions. Residents are encouraged to attend the session and complete the questionnaire.
Hook Neighbourhood Plan (NP) – The Parish Council is leading on the production of a Hook Neighbourhood Plan. The recently formed Steering Group is led by the Chairman of the Parish Council’s Development Strategy Committee. The group is developing a set of documents and 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 at Elizabeth Hall (in tandem with the Hart Local Plan drop in session)
- 14th September at Elizabeth Hall from 2-5 pm (Hook Allotment Assoc. Autumn Fayre)
For more information on the Neighbourhood Plan, see neighbourhoodplan.hook.gov.uk
Taxi Bus – The taxi bus has been operating since February, covering a circular route to connect the east side of Hook (Holt Lane) with the centre. The service was reviewed in June and it was agreed to reduce the frequency to focus on the most popular services and make the funds available last as long as possible. In the meantime an application has been made for funds held by the District Council to keep the service running into the future. Copies of the new timetable are widely available within Hook or can contact the Parish Council directly.
Hook Community Centre – The pace of progress is finally picking up. Due to the earlier delays in the steelworks, the phased reoccupation will now start from late September/ early October. Full occupation is anticipated at the end of the year.
Crossways Car Park – In August the Parish Council made representations to Hart Cabinet, speaking against the proposed sale of part of the car park. Although it is acknowledged that Crossways is not currently heavily used, it would be short sighted to reduce the off street parking capacity at a time when significant development is proposed for Hook. The use of Crossways will be included in the Hook Neighbourhood Plan and is a key part of the Parish Councils strategy for future parking provision for the school, local business, public services and events. There is no evidence that selling this land will have a demonstrable benefit to the community of Hook. Hart agreed to reject the current sale proposal, but to review the position again in 12 months.
King George V Playing Field – Work will commence in September to improve the drainage and playing areas. This will mean that part of the field will be out of use for 4-6 weeks.
Bassetts Mead – Work is being undertaken in early September to improve the culvert and reduce flooding between the two fields north of the woods at Holt Copse. Walkers can continue to use the alternative gates.
Anne Atkins – Clerk