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:

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.




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of the planning application by Highwood Land (Hartley Wintney) Ltd for a proposed care village at Hares Lane has been WITHDRAWN.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);


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.




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