Planning Matters

In addition to the monthly review of  applications by the Planning Committee, there are a number of longer term running issues shown here that we keep an eye on.

Shapley Heath Garden Village  – Walk for Winchfield

The Hart District Council (HDC) survey on the Shapley Heath Garden Community has now closed and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey.

Walk For WinchfieldThe CPRE, the Countryside Charity, has organised a “Walk for Winchfield” on 25th July 2021 at 2.30pm. The route covers much of the area proposed for the Shapley Heath Garden Community. This is a chance to appreciate wildlife and countryside that might be lost if this project were to go ahead.

Please click on the link for a map and detailed route instructions:  Winchfield Walk Detailed Route 1

There is Facebook Event set up by the CPRE for the walk. If interested in joining the walk, please indicate your interest, so the organisers can keep track of how many people want to come along: https://www.facebook.com/events/343895127298516/


Note: There are a number of helpful information sites you might like to look at:

Hartley Wintney: https://www.hartleywintney-pc.gov.uk/

Winchfield Parish Council: http://www.winchfield-pc.org.uk

We Heart Hart: http://wehearthart.co.uk/

Hart District Council: https://www.hart.gov.uk/the-council/news/shapleyheath_garden_community_survey_and_website

Previous Shapley Heath News posts are available to view through the links below:

Shapley Heath A Call To Action

Shapley Heath

Shapley Heath ‘Garden Village’ is a proposal to initially build up to 5,000 new houses in Winchfield and Hook parishes but with the potential to grow the number to 10,000 over time. If built, it would effectively create a single conurbation joining Fleet, Hartley Wintney and Hook. Given the concern for its potential impact, the Parish Council is closely monitoring the re-emergence of the Winchfield/Murrell Green Area of Search (SS3 in the Local Plan) which has now been re-titled by Hart District Council as ‘Shapley Heath Garden Village’.

Stop Shapley Heath

We understand that in its previous form as defined in the Hart District Plan – and as reviewed by the appointed Government Inspector – SS3 was categorically rejected. He stated that it is not required to meet Hart’s housing targets; has not been demonstrated to be viable and is based on a flawed ‘search’ process which effectively ignored alternative sites. It is of some concern, therefore, that Hart District Council have sought and been awarded a Grant from the Government for further exploration of this site.

Our role as a Parish Council is to continue to represent the views of the Hartley Wintney community as determined by our prescribed statutory responsibilities and within the various frameworks applying to District/County/Central Government. A number of consultative mechanisms have been set up and Cllr Diana Harvey, Chair of the Planning Committee will represent our interests which will help us stay aware of developments as they go forward. We would, of course, appreciate your thoughts and views also.

There are a number of related interest groups which include WeHeartHart, the Rural Hart Association, the CPRE, and Hart District Council all of which offer a perspective too.