Aug 292019


In mid-July, the Examiner’s Report on the Hook Neighbourhood Plan (HNP) was received by Hart District Council.  The report sets out the parameters against which the Plan Document and supporting evidence must be assessed.  The document had to pass a number of tests, to ensure it complied with local, national and EU policies.   As expected, the Examiner proposed several modifications and made recommendations, to amend, add or remove some statements.  The Parish Council and NP Steering Group were given the opportunity to comment on the recommendations, before the final Report was sent to Hart.

On 1st August, Hart District Council considered the Report and recommended that the modified plan should go forward to Referendum on 7th October.  The Referendum is conducted in the same way as Council elections:

7th October 2019

Elizabeth Hall, Raven Road Hook

 between 07.00 and 22.00.

Notice of the Ballot and Polling Cards will the sent out in early September.  If you are already registered to vote, then you will receive your Polling Card, or in the case of postal votes, a ballot paper in the normal way.  If you are not already registered, the closing dates are:

  • Register to Vote by 5 pm on 19th September
  • Register for Postal Vote by 5 pm on 20th September
  • Register for Proxy Vote by 5 pm on 27th September

The Ballot Paper will ask the question ‘Do you want Hart District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Hook to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area’. You show your choice by putting a cross (X) in the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ box on your ballot paper.

It is important for the future of Hook and the regeneration of our village centre, that as many residents as possible exercise their right to vote.  If more than 50% of the votes are YES (in favour of the Plan), then Hart District Council will formally adopt the Plan as part of the Hart Development Plan to be used in the determination of planning applications relating to land in Hook Parish.

After 28th August the Referendum version of the Plan, and the locations where copies of the Plan are held, can be viewed at

Please encourage as many people as possible to support the Plan and VOTE YES on 7th October.

Mar 142019

Hook Parish Council approved the submission of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan for Regulation 15 Consultation, at a meeting of Full Council held on 6th March 2019.  The notice, Reg 15 version of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents below were submitted on 7th March.  It is likely to be 2-3 weeks before Hart proceeds with the statutory six week consultation:


The Plan is supported by an extensive Evidence Base.  Links to these documents are below:

Nov 082018

The Hook Neighbourhood Plan Consultation runs from 8th November to 20th December 2014.  This is the final “Regulation 14” consultation before the Plan goes to Hart DC and then the Planning Inspector.  See the poster for details, and get the documents here.

Nov 082018

The Hook Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 14 consultation is now underway, so please take this final opportunity to have your say.

The Plan will be the subject of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan Reg 14 Consultation, which runs from 8th November to 20th December.

The Draft Plan document and the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) can be found via the following links:

Please submit your comments by:

E-mail to: 
Post:  c/o The Executive Officer, Hook Parish Council, Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft, Hook, RG27 9NN.

The closing date for receipt of comments in 12 noon on 20th December 2018.

If you’re not familiar with the Hart Local Plan you may find it useful to refer to the Regulation 19 Proposed Submission Version, which  is currently with the Planning Inspectorate.


Oct 032018

The NPSG has submitted a paper to the appeal by the West of Hook developers against refusal of planning permission.  In summary, the NPSG objects to the development because:

  • it encroaches on the gap between Hook and Newnham
  • there is already as much development coming to Hook as can be reasonably accommodated
  • the planned transport infrastructure is inadequate
  • the existing footpath will become too urbanised.

Read the details here.

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.

  • 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