The Hart Local Plan Hearing Sessions will commence at 9.30 am on Tuesday 20 November 2018 in the Council Chamber at Hart District Council, Harlington Way, Fleet.  The link below is to the Draft Hearing Sessions programme -https://www.hart.gov.uk/sites/default/files/4_The_Council/Policies_and_published_documents/Planning_policy/Local_Plan/Programme%20v1.pdf

One of the key issues which will affect us in Hartley Wintney will be discussed under Matter 4 – Housing: the spatial distribution of new housing.

Murrell Green/Winchfield

4.10       Is there a need for a new settlement Murrell Green/Winchfield within the Plan period?

4.11       The Housing Topic paper suggests that houses could be delivered by 2024 (a six year period from now). Is a long lead in time therefore required to deliver the new settlement, as suggested by the Council?

4.12       Is there sufficient evidence to suggest that a new settlement can be delivered in Murrell Green/Winchfield, without causing significant impacts to the surrounding area and infrastructure?

4.13       The Council suggest that the new settlement is needed to deliver a much needed secondary school. However, given that 90% of the proposed supply has already been granted planning permission, is this the case?

4.14       Is the area of search in terms of its boundary justified?

4.15       Are the criteria set out within Policy SS3 justified?

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Anne Hallowes

Membership Secretary

 

HWPS COMMENTS FOR GUIDANCE TO RESPONSE TO HART DISTRICT COUNCIL LOCAL PLAN

To which part of the Local Plan does this representation relate?

Answer: SS3

Do you consider the Local Plan is:

Answer: Not Sound

If you wish to support the compliance or soundness of the Local Plan…. Please use this box to set out your comments.

Answer: I write on behalf of the Hartley Wintney Preservation Society (HWPS) to object to Policy SS3, Search for a New Settlement in Murrell Green/ Winchfield as the proposal is unsound.

HWPS exists to understand, protect, enhance and promote the rich heritage of Hartley Wintney. Its purpose is to help the people living in the village today to keep in touch with the past so as to better provide something worthwhile for the future. We aim to protect and enhance the character of the village and its appearance and oppose any unsuitable or unnecessary development. Our membership comprises 210 subscription paying family groups and thus represents a large number of individual village residents.   As a committee, we hear and comprehend the opinions of a wide range of people in the local community.

HWPS believe the SS3 policy proposal to search for a new settlement in Murrell Green / Winchfield is unsound due to the following reasons:

The 2017 Resident Consultation cannot be extended to the current Plan and thus is invalid:

The preference for a New Settlement approach is based on previous resident consultation in 2014, 2016 and 2017 which was predicated on much higher housing numbers. Residents were originally asked to express preferences based on 10,182 new homes whereas the current Plan is based on 6208 new homes.   The policy SS3 is being promulgated based on the original consultation preference for a New Settlement but it is invalid to rely on this data given the vastly different housing numbers.

The proposed number of new homes is significantly too high:

The required Government figure is 292 p.a. (4672 total), versus the Plan proposal of 388 p.a. (6208 total) and the actual plans are for 6346. These figures are already +32.9% or 35.7% over requirement. The policy SS3 proposes to deliver additional New Settlement housing from 2024.  

The Hart Local Plan includes a footnote on page 29 (shown in italics below) which clearly states that a new settlement within the area of search is not needed to meet the housing needs identified in this Plan.   However, Policy SS3 proposes to deliver these new houses from 2024 - in the middle of the Plan period when the housing is not needed.   The percentage of over delivery of new homes is incalculable and grossly unsound.

Local Plan Footnote

7 A new settlement within the area of search is not needed to meet the housing needs identified in this Plan. It is shown in this Plan so that work can start on planning for a new settlement in anticipation of the need for additional homes and infrastructure arising in future, potentially within five years of adoption when the Plan should be reviewed in any event. It does not therefore form part of the housing supply needed to meet the housing target of 388 homes per annum.

Although it may appear prudent to plan ahead, the New Settlement housing is not required in the plan period and would be additional to already significantly inflated housing numbers over the Government requirement.

The regeneration of Fleet is more important than SS3:

Policy SS3 will unnecessarily restrict focus on alternative approaches. The regeneration of Fleet Centre, as stipulated in the Plan, must be adequately funded and considered prior to a New Settlement approach. If the New Settlement goes ahead, funding for Fleet regeneration will be unlikely and Fleet will continue to decline as a retail and cultural town. A much wider approach to Fleet regeneration is required than the current Council sponsored Gurkha Square plan.

In the 2014, 2016 and 2017 resident consultation (although based on too high a housing projection), at least 47% of the respondents preferred a focus on Fleet and Hook.

It is unnecessary to commit to a search for a New Settlement at this early stage of the Plan.

Infrastructure for SS3 will not be fully covered by Developer contributions.

It is apparent that the proposed Infrastructure Plan, excluding SS3, is grossly underfunded. The Murrell Green / Winchfield area roads are already unable to cope with current traffic without further significant New Settlement requirements. There are opposing views as to whether a new Secondary school is required.   Implementing Policy SS3 would leave major infrastructure problems across the entire local area.

The land at Murrell Green / Winchfield is unsuitable for new housing:

Parts of the SS3 area are unsuitable because of a gas main, areas of conservation interest (not classified as SSSI or SINC), a waste tip containing noxious products and several areas subject to flooding. Parts are of high landscape value, which should be protected as they are a precious amenity for local residents.

The high-pressure gas main is buried and crosses the New Settlement area. No building would be allowed above the gas main for health and safety reasons and thus a significant swathe of the site could not be used for housing.

Policy SS3 would incur major coalescence and local gap implications:

The Plan emphasises the need to prevent coalescence of communities, but any new settlement in Murrell Green / Winchfield would largely fill the attractive rural countryside and landscapes between Hartley Wintney, Hook, Fleet and its westerly extensions, and Dogmersfield.

The Plan specifically demands gaps between villages. There will be no gap west of Hartley Wintney / Phoenix Green if Murrell Green goes ahead.   The current King William Court development is already on the border of Hartley Wintney and Murrell Green.

Winchfield parish comprises three individual hamlets – The Hurst, near the station and M3, and near the church.   Any large development could not avoid coalescence of these hamlets.

The proposed search area covers approximately three times the current footprint of Hartley Wintney.   Conservatively, the New Settlement will cover 1800 new homes in Murrell Green and 3000 new homes in Winchfield.   This ‘conservative’ number would totally overpower Hartley Wintney. In addition, previous developments show that once started, New Settlements continue to grow and this proposal has the potential to become absolutely monstrous in size.

In summary:

The inclusion of SS3 is unnecessary and renders the Plan unsound. SS3 is not an integral part of the Local Plan and as the footnote on page 29 clearly states SS3 is not needed to meet the Plan housing needs. As such, SS3 could be simply deleted from the Local Plan and the remainder approved given it provides adequate housing for the Plan period. Should the 5-year review require higher allocation following future government guidelines, Fleet regeneration, a new settlement or an alternative project based on sound assessments could be instituted then.

Please set out the modification you consider necessary.

Answer: Remove SS3.

Thank you for your help with this major issue.

Martin Holmes

Acting Chairman HWPS

March 2018

 

Wintney Court, Thackhams Lane, Hartley Wintney RG27 8JG

17/00596/FUL - Conversion of main house to 8 no bedroom hotel, conversion of former dairy buildings to 8 no hotel suites, erection of 500 sqm commercial floor space and construction of new energy centre following demolition of three bay garage building and disused farm buildings, all with associated car parking and related landscaping.

On 4 December 2017 Hart District Council granted permission for the conversion to take place, with a number of important caveats, in particular paragraphs 9, 12 and 15.

https://publicaccess.hart.gov.uk/online-applications/files/BB3C3AE52CFD41C9F5BA7DE0DE073721/pdf/17_00596_FUL--1275344.pdf

 

Proposed Care Home at Southwood, Thackhams Lane

Residents along Thackhams Lane have also been contacted by Forest Care Ltd. for a proposed new care home to be built at Southwood, Thackhams Lane.  This will be for the erection of a 60 bedroomed care home set over two storey's in generous grounds. 

On the 15 December 2017, Hart District Council posted the following on their website:

The Planning Authority REFUSES Planning Permission for the following reason(s):

1 The proposed development, in a countryside location outside of the defined settlement boundary of Hartley Wintney, would represent inappropriate development which would have a detrimental effect on the character and setting of the countryside and the settlement of Hartley Wintney by virtue of its siting, size and prominence in the landscape and due to the loss of an important area of undeveloped land. As such the proposal would be contrary to the requirements of saved policies CON22 and RUR2 of the Hart District Local Plan (Replacement) 1996-2006 and First Alterations to the Hart District Local Plan (Replacement) 1996-2006 and the advice contained within paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

2 The proposed development would not be in keeping with the local character by virtue of its scale, massing and siting and due to the installation of lighting which would be visually damaging to the character of the area. Whilst the impact of external lighting could be potentially limited by controlling the direction, intensity and timing of when lights could be illuminated, this would not be the case for lighting within the building which would be visually prominent in this currently unlit area of countryside. As such, the proposal would be contrary to the requirements of saved policy GEN1 of the Hart District Local Plan (Replacement) 1996-2006 and First Alterations to the Hart District Local Plan (Replacement) 1996-2006.

 

Hart District Council is proposing a new settlement of 1,800 homes at Murrell Green between Hartley Wintney and Hook.  The site lies south of the A30 west of the Winkworth Business Park (previously the Coach House Garden Centre) and includes land either side of Totters Lane.  The site is on the boundary between Winchfield Parish and Hook Parish.  A location has been identified for a new secondary school.

Updates will be provided when available.

21 February 2017

 

CITY AND COUNTY - PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF BRAMSHILL HOUSE ETC.

 

SEE UPDATE BELOW

On 14 December 2016, Hart District Council Planning Committee will be considering planning applications submitted for the development of Bramshill House. City and Country Bramshill Ltd acquired Bramshill House and its grounds from the Home Office in January 2015 and has submitted a total of 7 planning applications and 3 listed building applications.

 

The application site comprises the land and buildings of Bramshill House and its associated buildings, park and gardens. Bramshill House is a Grade I listed building with other Grade I and Grade II buildings and structures set within a Grade II* registered park and garden.

 

Application 1

Applications 16/00720/FUL and 16/00721/LBC. Conversion of Bramshill House, the Stable Block and the existing Nuffield Hall, to provide a total of 25 residential units and associated parking. Use of the principal rooms of Bramshill House as a publically accessible museum space.

 

Application 2

Applications 16/00722/FUL and 16/00723/LBC. Conversion of Bramshill House, the Stable Block and the existing Nuffield Hall for use as a single dwelling and associated parking.

 

Application 3

Applications 16/00724/FUL and 16/00725/LBC. Conversion of Bramshill House, the Stable Block and the existing Nuffield Hall for use as offices, providing 5,196m2 of commercial B1(a) space and parking for 175 vehicles.

 

All three pairs of applications include the demolition of later curtilage listed buildings and maintenance and restoration works to Bramshill House and gardens. The provision of a 14.4ha Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) is common to the first pair of applications but is not included with the third (office use).

 

Application 4

Application 16/00726/FUL – Construction of 235 residential units and associated parking, access and landscaping in the area known as The Core which includes; the Quad, Lakeside, Central Area, Walnut Close, Maze Hill and Sandpit Close. Demolition of non-listed listed buildings. Construction of a replacement cricket pavilion. The provision of a new 14.4ha SANG.

 

Application 5

Application 16/00727/FUL - Construction of 14 residential units with associated parking, access and landscaping within areas known as Maze Hill and Sandpit Close. The provision of a new 14.4ha SANG.

 

Application 6

Application 16/00728/FUL – Construction of 9 residential units with associated parking, access and landscaping within an area known as Pinewood. The provision of a new 14.4ha SANG.

Application 7

Application 16/01290/FUL - Change of use of land to provide a SANG area and associated works.

 

The Preservation Society submitted its objections to the proposed development in October 2016.

 

The Standard Consultation Expiry Date is 2 January 2017.

 

UPDATE - 17 MARCH 2017

Nine separate planning applications were submitted to Hart District Council by City & Country Bramshill Ltd. All were refused on 10 March 2017.

Six of the applications were for alternative options for the development of Bramshill House.

Amongst the reasons for refusal are:

The proposed development is a significant major residential development in the countryside in an unsustainable location which is remote from nearby settlements with services and facilities. The quantum and scale of development proposed is unjustified in this rural landscape.

The proposed development will cause harm to the significance and defined special interest of the Grade 1 listed heritage asset.

The proposed development has not demonstrated that the quantum and scale of development is necessary, viable or justified to secure the long term future of the heritage assets at the site.

The proposed development is located within the 400m exclusion zone for the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA).

The proposed development has not demonstrated that it will mitigate for detrimental impacts on community infrastructure including education provision and public rights of way which will result from the development.

The proposed development would result in generation of significant movements on the existing local transport network which would be detrimental to road safety and operation of the local transport network. The proposal has not demonstrated that it will make sufficient provision, or support for, sustainable transport options which will result in a greater number of trips by private car.

 

Three of the applications were for the construction of residential units.

 

 

Amongst the reasons for refusal are:

The proposed development is a significant major residential development in the countryside in an unsustainable location which is remote from nearby settlements with services and facilities.

The proposed development extends beyond the area of previously developed land into open countryside. The proposed development has not demonstrated that the quantum and scale of development is necessary, viable or justified.

The proposed development will be inappropriate to the site context due to the proposed design, layout, form and quantum of development proposed. The proposal has not demonstrated that the development would integrate into the natural, built and historic environment without harm.

The site is located within 5km of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA). In the absence of any evidence that the test of no alternatives under Regulation 62 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 can be satisfied, or evidence that there are grounds of overriding public interest, the proposed development, either alone or in combination with other plans and projects would be likely to have a significant adverse effect on the SPA.

The proposed development has not demonstrated that it will mitigate for detrimental impacts on community infrastructure including education provision and public rights of way which will result from the development.

The proposed development would result in generation of significant movements on the existing local transport network which would be detrimental to road safety and operation of the local transport network. The proposal has not demonstrated that it will make sufficient provision, or support for, sustainable transport options which will result in a greater number of trips by private car.

One can be sure that this is not the last we will hear regarding these proposed developments by City & Country Bramshill Ltd.

 

 

Pale Lane Farm, Pale Lane, Hartley Wintney, Hook, RG27 8BA

Elvetham Chase

  

Wates Developments

 

16/03129/OUT - Outline application for the development of up to 700 residential dwellings, site for primary school and local centre, together with associated vehicular, pedestrian and cycle access, drainage, landscape works and provision of general open space. Full details for the provision of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace and means of access.

Application Validated:                             21 November 2016

Standard Consultation Expiry Date:       22 December 2016

Determination Deadline:                         20 February 2017


Wates Developments and the Calthorpe Estate are working together to bring forward for development approximately 59 hectares of land on the north-western edge of Fleet, known as Elvetham Chase.

 

This land is being promoted as a new sustainable urban extension, capable of delivering up to 700 homes, a neighbourhood centre including a pre-school nursery, cafe, local shops, a primary school, a network of open spaces and green corridors, including a large area of natural greenspace (known as a SANG), local road and transport improvements, and engineering works including a Sustainable Drainage System.

 

The Site, divided by a rural lane into two land parcels comprising fields divided by hedgerows and blocks of woodland, is bordered to the north by the M3 motorway, to the south by the London to Southampton mainline railway, to the east by Fleet Road (A323) and to the west by field boundaries that are along the valley floor of the River Hart.

 

The application can be viewed on the Hart District Council website:

http://publicaccess.hart.gov.uk/online-applications/

and enter the application number: 16/03129/OUT

 

There are many documents listed in the application, but a good place to start is the Design & Access Statement near the bottom of the list.

 

The Preservation Society submitted its objections to the proposed development in January 2017.


 

 

HARES LANE CARE VILLAGE FOR THE OVER 55's

Appeal by: Highwood Land (Hartley Wintney) Ltd.

Councillor Andrew Renshaw has informed us that the appeal in respect of the rejection of the planning application by Highwood Land (Hartley Wintney) Ltd for a proposed care village at Hares Lane has been WITHDRAWN.
The proposed Public Inquiry scheduled for 29th November 2016 will therefore now not take place.

The reasons indicated for this decision by Highwood Land (Hartley Wintney) Ltd to withdraw the appeal are:

1. The view of Natural England on the proposals by Highwood Land (Hartley Wintney) Ltd for the mitigation of the effects on the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (TBHSPA);

and

2. The confirmation that Natural England is recommending refusal of the appeal on the basis of demonstrable harm to the nature conservation value of Hazeley Heath.

Background Note
Hazeley Heath is one of the largest tracts of lowland heathland in the region (90% has been lost in the past 100 years). This endangered environment supports an array of plant and animal communities and it is because of this rich biodiversity that it has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England. It is also part of the TBHSPA for its heathland birds. Three of the species of birds found on Hazeley Heath (the Dartford Warbler, the Woodlark and the Nightjar) are protected by European legislation.

The TBHSPA is surrounded by a 400m no-residential gain zone and then by a 400m to 5km avoidance and mitigation zone. None of the proposed units of the Hares Lane Development are within the 400m no-residential gain zone, but the proposals by Highwood Land (Hartley Wintney) Ltd for the 400m to 5km avoidance and mitigation zone are not considered by Natural England to be appropriate.

Members will recollect that the Society's Autumn Meeting was dedicated to the Conservation of Hazeley Heath.

 

HART DISTRICT LOCAL PLAN 2011-2032

CAUSEWAY GREEN AND FARM

Thank you to everyone who attended a drop in meeting at the Methodist Church Hall on Saturday 27th February 2016 to express their views on whether fields adjacent to these sites are appropriate for 100 new houses as shortlisted in the Hart District Local Housing Plan.

There was an excellent attendance in the two hour meeting window and the result was a resounding NO against any development in this historical area of the village.

Please write to Hart Council Planning Policy Department to express your concerns about this site being developed.

Thank you for your support.

 

Spot the Difference

Public Enquiry Appeal date:  Adjourned due to illness

We await notification of revised dates from the Planning Inspectorate (23 March 2016).

Care village for the over 55's comprising a 60 bed Care Home, an Assisted Living Building comprising 40 units of accommodation and 94 Independent Living units together with associated care facilities along with landscaped open space, footpath walks, car parking and access from Hare's Lane.

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