Hook Neighbourhood Plan


Hook Parish Council is committed to producing a Neighbourhood Plan for Hook and has set up a Steering Group to take this forward.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a new type of planning document which gives local people a much greater say in the future of their communities and if approved and adopted it will be a statutory document, meaning it has to be taken into account when planning applications are submitted either by individuals or developers.

A Neighbourhood Plan must reflect local needs as the final stage is a local referendum when local people who are entitled to vote get to say whether they agree with the Plan and want it to go ahead.

Why do we need a Neighbourhood Plan?

The Plan will give local people – many of whom are concerned at the level of development that may take place in and around the parish – the chance to have a say on how and where future development occurs within Hook.

How can I get involved?

The Parish Council is calling for local residents and businesses to take part in the process of creating the Neighbourhood Plan in a number of ways. If you’d like to be involved, please get in touch.

What goes into a Neighbourhood Plan?

The Plan must conform to strategic planning policy, which includes the plans currently being made by Hart District Council, so this will be taken into account by the Steering Group who will lead the process.

The Neighbourhood Plan will consider what sort of homes should be provided in and around Hook in future and what sort of infrastructure should be put into place to support both new development and the existing community.

The Hook Neighbourhood Plan will set out a vision for the future of the parish for the next twenty years and will consider issues including both development and the infrastructure needed to support it.

What’s happened so far?

Hook has been working on the Neighbourhood Plan since 2014, but we’ve found – like many communities – that it’s a good deal more difficult than the Government originally thought.  In Hart, smaller less complex communities such as Odiham, Rotherwick and Winchfield have completed their plans.  However, larger ones such as Fleet, Church Crookham and Hook are still in the process.  To emphasise the difference, Rotherwick expects to add about 15 houses during the plan period; Hook is faced with adding up to 3,500.

The Government has now recognised the complexity of places such as Hook, and is now making technical support available free of charge.  For the past two years the Steering Group has struggled, as it consists entirely of volunteers and has no special technical expertise.  Therefore, the technical support is essential for us to make proper progress.

If you’re interested in taking part in Hook’s Neighbourhood Plan, please contact the Steering Group.