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.
Planning Application REF: 21/00630/FUL The Grey House School Site
As you may be aware, Developers submitted a planning application (Ref; 21/00630/FUL) to Hart District Council in March 2021 for consideration. Details of this application have been updated and re-submitted for Consultee and public response and feedback.
The revised documents submitted under this planning application were discussed by the Hartley Wintney Parish Council Planning Committee on Monday 13th September 2021, at our public meeting. There were a number of residents in attendance to make representation to the Council, as well as presence online to listen in to the discussion.
It was agreed by the Planning Committee at this meeting, that further clarification was required on a number of points, before a full response from the Planning Committee could be submitted, however the key areas for response were agreed in principle.
In order to give the Developer / Architect sufficient time to respond to our queries, the Planning Officer at Hart District Council, whilst not agreeing to an extension, did agree that our response would be accepted and considered if it was received after the ‘respond by’ date.
Accordingly, additional drawings have been provided as well as clarity on our queries and as per the Planning Committee delegated authority, a full response was agreed via online discussion (notes of which can be provided on request), and our submission has been sent to the Planning Officer at Hart District Council.
Details of the queries sent to the Architect, the response received and additional drawings as well as our final submission to Hart District Council can be seen below. Draft minutes of the meeting held on 13th September 2021, will be published shortly.
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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’.
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.