Jan 162018

Here are the first draft Neighbourhood Plan documents.  These will be the subject of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan Consultation on 18 and 20 January 2018.

  • First Public Draft of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan
  • Slides showing a Summary of the Plan
  • Supporting documents:
    • Site Allocation Report, showing how the housing sites were allocated in the Plan
    • Site Assessment Report, providing the raw material for the Site Allocation Report
    • Maps showing the Master Plan for the Village Centre (to follow)
  • Hart’s latest draft of the Local Plan (the “Proposed Submission Local Plan” or PSLP) is available here.  If you’re not familiar with the Local Plan you may find it useful to read our Hart PSLP overview.

Please make your comments online here.

Alternatively, you may download a Word version here and email it to – but it would make it much easier to collate comments if you do it online.    Please submit all comments by 8 February 2018.

Nov 152017

The November meeting of the NPSG has been changed from Thursday 16 to Thursday 23 November.  This is to allow presentation discussion of the Masterplan for the village centre by AECOM, our technical consultants.

The Site Allocation document will also be discussed

Nov 152017

This month the NPSG hopes to complete the priority list of sites available for allocation under the Neighbourhood Plan.  These will the be turned into draft Policies – ie where we would like the 87 houses allocatable under the NP to be put and why – and presented to the public at a consultation event in January.  this will give Hook residents the chance to look at all the draft Policies and comment.

The consultation will be:

  • Thursday 18th January at the Elizabeth Hall 5-9
  • Saturday 20th January at the Community Centre 12 – 5
Oct 122017

The development sites emerging from the preliminary Site Allocation Report are:

Ref       Location
SHL5         Land north-west of Hook
SHL6         Land at Holt Lane, Hook
SHL9         Land off Hop Garden Road, Hook
SHL111      Garden Centre
SHL126      Land at London Rd, Murrell Green
SHL130      Land west of Varndell Road (Owens Farm)
SHL210      Holt Farm
SHL211       Land behind Holt Farm
SHL294      Garden Centre
HNP_A       Rawlings Yard
HNP_B       Stratfield House, Station Road
HNP_C       Bell Cornwell offices
HNP_D      Acorn House
HNP_H      Vets
HNP_J       Bartley House, Station Road

(SHL is the SHLAA reference.  For further details see Hart’s SHLAA Main Document November 2016.  This includes all the sites from the Call for Sites.
HNP is an internal reference for the brownfield sites)

Each of these will be assessed and ranked in priority order for development.  Although Hart has only specified 87 houses to be allocated under the Neighbourhood Plan, having a priority list will mean that the NP will still be valid if this number changes.  It is unlikely that any but the highest priority sites will be developed during the life of the plan.

The details will be discussed at our next meeting on 19 October in the Elizabeth Hall.

Sep 212017

Our professional advisors have now completed the preliminary site assessment of the development sites in Hook.  These include Hart’s SHLAA sites, sites identified during our call for sites earlier in the year, and the brownfield sites identified together with the Parish Council.  The document is not publishable in it’s present form, but will form the basis of the NPSG Site Assessment that we are currently working on.  The preliminary results will be discussed at our meeting on 19 October in the Elizabeth Hall

Jun 292017

After a meeting with our technical consultants, this is the list of sites that will be assessed as part of the site allocation process:

  • All the SHLAA sites from Hart’s November 2016 list that don’t have planning permission
  • The Murrell Green sites
  • Brownfield sites that we know of within Hook…
  • …but not sites in Bartley Wood business park, as these will be the subject of a separate masterplan

The full list of SHLAA sites is:

  • SHL3,4,5,6,9,111,130,173,193,210,211,212,294

Plus Murrell Green:

  • SHL083,084,126,135,136,167,169,184,186,209

Murrell Green is on the assessment list because of the current uncertainty about the Hart Local Plan – see separate post.

Jun 282017

We understand that, under the new administration, the details of the Hart Local Plan are likely to change.  The emphasis is still on new settlement(s) rather than urban extensions, but the choice of new settlement is not clear.

Before the Reg 18 consultation version of the Plan was issued in April there were three possible new settlements on the table: Murrell Green, Winchfield and Rye Common.  The Plan narrowed this down to one: Murrell Green.  However, we understand that developers have now produced viable plans for all three, and all three are back in consideration.  It is also understood that only one of them will go ahead in this plan period.