As Janet Martin identified in her April update we were thrown into some disarray by the nil allocation Hart awarded us in their Draft District Plan. As a group we remain anxious to give voice through the Neighbourhood Plan to the concerns that emerged during our consultations. These include protection of the green spaces in and around the parish and the on-going infrastructure issues such as health facilities, parking and traffic. These issues, one imagines, will only be exacerbated by the proposed Murrell Green development which metaphorically speaking came out of the magician's hat.

Revision 7 of the Neighbourhood Plan is available here

This version of the plan reflects the Steering Group recommendation that although the publication of a Draft Housing Numbers Policy from Hart District Council didn't allocate any numbers for Hartley Wintney we should go ahead with those sites already decided (see announcement of 2nd March) but in a slightly amended way. The Wintney Court proposed development site remains as already designated and the smaller sites become designated as assessed should the need arise for them to be developed. The group is very aware that this is an extremely complicated scenario and for this reason and to protect the village from being accused of not wanting to take it's share of developement, the Steering Group decided unanimously that to eliminate all housing numbers would not be a sensible step to take.

Welcome to this latest update. After the previous March article was published we were surprised by the publication of a Draft Housing Numbers Policy from Hart District Council which didn't allocate any numbers for Hartley Wintney.

Rather than greeting this with unalloyed joy we have been thrown into a quandary as Government requirements are for ever increasing development numbers. Hart, having no Local Plan in place and being delayed in submitting even a draft version, makes the District very vulnerable to decisions by the Govenment Planning Inspectorate in favour of applications whether or not they meet locally expressed wishes.

A draft of the Hartley Wintey Neighbourhood Plan is now available for download or review by clicking here

Please note that this is a large document (60) pages and may take 1-2 minutes to be loaded for full review.

This detailed plan reflects the executive summary that has been available for review since 16th February. However as noted in the previous post Hart DC have recently updated their proposed housing numbers across the Hart district which resulted in no allocation for Hartley Wintney. As a result a new draft is in preparation that will reflect the changes that the Steering Group have decided to make and although this draft will be different in some sections to the revision now available (Revision 6) - especially in the areas of site proposals and policies - there will still be significant areas that will not change and therefore we hope that the current plan is of use.

It is expected an updated plan will be available by early April and a further announcement on this will be made when appropriate.