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Cross Farm Retirement Village a NEW Planning Application for 160 dwellings PLUS 64 bed Nursing Home AND central facilities

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The consultation period has been extended to April 12th so please do comment now if you missed the original deadline. 

Crookham Village is threatened AGAIN by resubmission of this application with few changes.  This large new development would overwhelm the village, destroy our local environment and reduce our quality of life. 

Previous comments will not be considered – we need you to please comment again online at http://publicaccess.hart.gov.uk/online-applications or you can email planningadmin@hart.gov.uk with your response with reference number (18/00045/OUT).  

Or post:  Planning, Hart District Council Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet GU51 4AE.

** Deadline for Comments Extended to April 12th 2018 ! **

In the draft Local Plan (out for consultation) Cross Farm is no longer a development site.  So this application is a last ditch attempt to get planning permission before the Plan is passed into law. 

If your objections now succeed and the application is refused, Cross Farm will be safe until 2032. 

The Council can’t take objections to the original application (16/03400/OUT) into account now, so please don’t simply refer to comments you made before, but submit new comments. You can use (incorporate, copy and adapt) your original points. It is tiresome to have to make comments YET AGAIN, but it is important and well worth it to save Cross Farm for the long term.


Click on this link to learn more about the Cross Farm threat.

In the meanwhile, here’s a video we took, explaining why this site is such a special place:

Cross Farm - A special place worth fighting for

Jan 2018 - Last chance to have your say on the Hart Local Plan

Hart District Council has reached the final stages of preparing a new Local Plan which will guide the future development of the District. 

The Plan sets out where new homes will be built. It also has policies to protect the environment, deliver new infrastructure and promote the economy. The Plan already takes into account comments from previous consultations. 

During this stage of the Local Plan residents and other stakeholders now have the opportunity to give their final comments on the plan. Comments must be made between Friday 9 February and be received no later than 4pm on Monday 26 March 2018.

The consultation documents and guidance on how to make a comment are available at www.hart.gov.uk/Local-Plan-Publication-2018

Representations can be submitted via email to planningpolicy@hart.gov.uk or by post to Planning Policy Team, Hart District Council, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 4AE. 

Your representations will be considered by a Planning Inspector, and should relate to legal compliance, duty to cooperate and tests of soundness.

Hart takes Important Step Forward for Local Plan

Hart Council decides to proceed to the next stage of consultation with its Local Plan:

At the Full Council meeting on 4th January 2018, Hart decided to submit the current version of the Local Plan, including a proposed new settlement, to 'Regulation 19' consultation. This is an important and significant step forward to establishing its Local Plan and putting the council back in control of the planning process. 

The Local Plan (Strategy and Sites) defines Hart’s strategy to addresses future development needs, especially for housing, while ensuring that the special qualities of the District are conserved and, where possible, enhanced. It defines policies for planning the development of Hart up to 2032 including where, how, and how much development will be allowed to take place.

The urban extension at the brownfield Pyestock site will go ahead, further urban extensions to Fleet and Hook will be limited, and a site for a new settlement will be sought in an area around Winchfield and Murrell Green.

This is important because it provides a framework for proper planning, dealing with infrastructure requirements, preventing further speculative development applications and putting Hart back in control of the planning process. The new settlement will allow for planned development in the longer term although it is not expected to be started for several years. 

A number of views were expressed at the council meeting and there was some useful debate. Two proposed amendments were not adopted. At the end of the meeting a cross-party consensus was reached and on a majority vote it was decided to move forward with the current state of the plan. 

At the end of the meeting Hart Council voted 27 to 5 to recommend that the Local Plan goes forward with the new settlement development policy in it. The level of support for finally proceeding with the plan (albeit reluctantly from some councillors) was very high and the proposal gained significant cross-party support.

FACE IT notes that there is still work to do: to make the best job of progressing the plan to the next stage, starting the long search and evaluation, consultation, planning and design process for a new settlement, avoiding many of the recent planning pitfalls, and ensuing that such issues as coalescence, infrastructure, transport and environment etc. are suitably and properly addressed. 

The full press release from FACE IT can be read by clicking on this link.


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Grove Farm

Oct 2017 Latest News: Grove Farm Appeal finds in favour of building 423 new houses in West Fleet

Bad news - the planning inspector has just found in favour of the developer and approved the Grove Farm development.

The findings of the inspector can be found here: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?CaseID=3167135&CoID=0

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