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.

Jun 022017

At last we have some clarity on the West of Hook situation.  At the meeting with Katie Bailey and Daniel Hawes of Hart DC it was confirmed that West of Hook is a Strategic Site, and therefore is outside the scope of a Neighbourhood Plan.  Its status is because  it conforms to the Local Plan’s criteria for Strategic Sites as expressed in the Local Plan evidence base, despite the fact there is no mention of West of Hook in the Plan itself.

Being a Strategic Site, any application for West of Hook would be rejected as not conforming to the Local Plan.  However, despite this and the fact it is specifically out of the scope of the Neighbourhood Plan, we were also advised that we needed to include it in our site assessments.  This was to ensure that any application for development on this site would be seen in context of the overall development plan for Hook.

May 162017

Our technical consultants, AECOM, have advised us that we should assess all the potential development sites (SHLAAs) identified by Hart, plus others that we are aware of.  As there are some 15 SHLAA sites, and we are advised to cover possible brownfield areas, this amounts to some 20 sites.  This will take from May to August to complete.

Members of the NPSG are surprised by this.  In the original (failed) Local Plan, Hart assessed all the SHLAAs and dismissed all except 4: 2 at the Garden Centre and 2 at Hop Garden Road.  Assessment work done by a company called Adams Hendry was made available to us, showing how the selection was done.  However, in late 2016 the updated SHLAA document was published, showing all the old SHLAAs back on the list.  No reason was given, and we have been unable to find out why this happened, its significance, or whether the old Adams Hendry assessment was still valid.

Rob Leeson, one of Hook’s District Councillors, has set up a meeting with Katie Bailey (Corporate Strategy and Policy Development Manager at Hart) on 22 May to find out more.

May 152017

Hook Parish Council and Hook Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are looking at the potential availability of land for a range of uses across Hook Parish up to 2032. This exercise is being undertaken as part of the evidence base to support the preparation of the Hook Neighbourhood Development Plan.  If you wish to propose one or more sites that should be considered by the Parish Council for their suitability for the proposed use over the lifetime of the plan, please download the Site Submission Form from the Parish Council website .  The closing date for submission is 31st May 2017.

May 122017

Attendees at the Parish Council’s consultation on the Hart Local Plan were “shocked” to discover that a lot more housing is coming to Hook than it would appear from reading the Plan.  A quick reading of the Plan suggests that Hook will receive 87 houses on greenfield land and 10 on brownfield.  However, Hook Parish Council showed the following figures for what is actually happening:

Houses already with planning permission but not yet built (greenfield) 680
Proposed office conversions to flats (brownfield) 718
New dwellings proposed on brownfield land 462
…and the new settlement at Murrell Green 1800

…a total of 3660 dwellings, more than doubling the size of Hook!

If you want to understand why these difference have arisen, come to the the Annual Village Meeting on 24 May.