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Crookham Village Neighbourhood Plan Further Consultation on Local Gap

Crookham Village Parish Council submitted their proposed Neighbourhood Plan to Hart District Council in July 2019. The Plan sets out a vision and objectives for the future of the village and contains planning policies to guide the development and use of land in Crookham Village. 

It includes a policy that defines a local gap around Crookham Village to maintain the separate identity of the village and prevent coalescence with Dogmersfield, Fleet and Church Crookham.  This is Policy NE01 Preserving the Gap Between Settlements

In response to a Clarification Letter from the Examiner, the Parish Council recently produced additional evidence in connection with this Policy, which is currently called ‘Appendix 3’ but which will become part of the Neighbourhood Plan when approved.

The document is available here on Hart’s website page https://www.hart.gov.uk/crookham-village .

A further Consultation is now running on the information provided in this evidence and the consultation ends at 4pm on Wednesday 20th November 2019.

There are two parts of the gap identified in the Gap policy and supporting evidence:

  • The gap between Fleet / Church Crookham and Crookham Village
  • The gap between Dogmersfield and Crookham Village.

FACE IT supports the Neighbourhood Plan and this policy because:

  • the gap is designated to protect against damage to the separate identity of neighbouring settlements and coalescence.
  • the gap around Crookham Village was strongly supported in the consultations on the Crookham Village Neighbourhood Plan. 

How To Help

We need the Inspector to understand that the community still supports having a gap around Crookham Village and recognises that the evidence in support of the policy for the gap is valid.

Please express your support and personal reasons for the importance of the gap policy and the evidence supporting it.  We explain how below.

You can download and complete a representation form from the Hart website here.  Complete the form with the following:

  • express your support for the policy and the supporting evidence for it,
  • give reasons why the gap is important to you (some examples are given below),
  • make sure you include your name and address,
  • say that you are referring to the whole policy.  

You can send the completed form to the Neighbourhood Planning team at Hart Council:
Neighbourhood Planning, Corporate Services, Hart District Council, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 4AE.

It may be easier to email your views (containing the above information) directly to the Hart Neighbourhood Planning team at neighbourhoodplanning@hart.gov.uk.  Please ensure you refer to the Crookham Village Neighbourhood Plan.

Crookham Village Neighbourhood Plan Examination

20-Sep-2019

Following the latest consultation the Crookham Village Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination of the Plan and all comments received during the consultation on the submitted plan have been sent to the appointed Examiner for consideration. 

The Examiner, Andrew Ashcroft, provided a clarification note to which the Crookham Village Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will provide responses:

Updates from the Cross Farm Appeal

18-Oct-2019 Cross Farm Appeal Inquiry Day 8 at the Harlington Centre, Fleet.
The Inquiry completed looking at Matter 5: The need for accommodation for older people.

This requires examination of the evidence for the demand (need for) and supply (plans for provision of) housing providing specialist care for the elderly.

The Inquiry examined the evidence by the second witness for the Appellant which relates to the planned supply of different types of housing for the elderly and other related planning matters.

The Inquiry then considered two agreements that will be needed should the appeal succeed:

1) The 'S106 Obligations' which are financial contributions towards works (footpath improvements) or other support (including contribution towards provision of affordable housing). 2) The 'Planning Conditions' which are 20 conditions on the development proceeding.  

The site visit and final hearing session, which will include closing statements, are nominally scheduled for Tuesday 26 November 2019.

Cross Farm Appeal Inquiry Day 7 (17 Oct 2019)

Harlington Centre, Fleet.

The Inquiry started looking at Matter 5: The need for accommodation for older people.

This requires examination of the evidence for the demand (need for) and supply (plans for provision of) housing providing specialist care for the elderly.

The Inquiry examined the evidence by the first witness for the Appellant related to the demand for different types of housing providing specialist care for the elderly.

The Inquiry will continue tomorrow to examine the evidence by the second witness for the Appellant which relates to the planned supply of different types of housing for the elderly and other related planning matters.

Due to the length of consideration required, the site visit scheduled for tomorrow has been deferred to a later date.  

A further hearing date or dates will be required to complete the hearings, arrange the site visit and hear closing statements.  Dates tbd.

11-Sep-2019

The hearings for the inquiry into the appeal against the decision to refuse planning permission for a new Care Village at Cross Farm in Crookham Village started on Tuesday 10 September at 10am at 

at the Hart Council Offices in Fleet.

The hearings were expected to last 6 hearing days but have been extended to cover two additional days on 18 and 19 October 2019..

Appeal documents can be found at

https://publicaccess.hart.gov.uk/onl…/applicationDetails.do…

The Appeal at the Planning Inspectorate can be found at.

Planning Inspectorate reference APP/ N1730/W/18/3216181

More information on the appeal can be found here: http://www.faceit-group.org/community/face-it-group-13510/cross-farm/

Crookham Village Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

25 July 2019

Crookham Village Parish Council submitted their proposed Neighbourhood Plan to Hart District Council in July 2019. The Plan sets out a vision and objectives for the future of the village and contains planning policies to guide the development and use of land in Crookham Village.   The Plan is therefore now subject to consultation between 25th July and 5th September 2019, and all representations must be made to Hart District Council.  

Copies of the proposed Crookham Village Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents (including the representation form/procedures to be followed in responding) are available to view on the Hart District Council website https://www.hart.gov.uk/crookham-village 

Details of how to respond can be found here: www.plan4crookham.org

Hart Local Plan (June 2019)

The Inspector has submitted his post hearings letter to the Council (EXAM 60). The Council has now responded (EXAM 60A). Modifications will now be drafted and further information will be available in due course.  Consultation on Proposed Modifications is expected to take place in summer 2019.

More information can be found on our site here

Crookham Village Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

The Neighbourhood Plan covers the Crookham Village parish area consisting of the old village, Zebon Copse and Netherhouse Moor.  The draft plan sets out locally focused planning policies to suit the local settlement characters within the parish.

After a lot of work by the local volunteer team, the plan is in its final draft and the last of four key consultations is starting now to gain agreement on its submission.  Anyone living in the parish can provide their final input including those living in the ‘old village’, Zebon Copse and Netherhouse Moor.  The number of people who comment on it, even if they agree with it, is one of the criteria that our Neighbourhood Plan is judged on, so please respond.

The Neighbourhood Plan cannot reverse planning decisions like Watery Lane and Grove Farm but, one approved, it will become key evidence to guide planning decisions made by Hart.  So it can affect what change to the existing environment and future developments look like in a number of important ways. It can protect important green spaces including those smaller ones within developments like Zebon Copse. This will help to ensure that new development takes appropriate account of our valued local environment and it might help protect against further unsuitable development proposals. 

A leaflet with a summary and the way to comment is coming through your door; please read it and respond by 15 March. To help you, two open sessions will be held, one at the Zebon Copse Centre on Monday 28 Jan from 8 to 10 p.m., the other at Crookham Street Social Club on Friday 01 February 7:30 to 9 pm.

The Neighbourhood Plan, the policies it contains and a response form can also be viewed here: www.plan4crookham.org/ and we encourage you to respond by 15 March.

CROSS FARM CARE VILLAGE APPLICATION REFUSED

The application to build a care village at Cross Farm in Crookham Village has been refused by Hart planning but it is now being appealed. This follows a large community response in objection to the proposals coordinated by FACE IT, as well as objections by Natural England, the Hart Conservation officer and the FACE IT team.
There are 11 main reasons given for the refusal. Although the proposed scheme had been amended slightly from the previous submission, the planning department have concluded that it was not considered possible to deal with the issues set out in the reasons for refusal [...] through minor changes to the scheme, given the in principle nature of many of the issues.

The link to the decision can be found here 

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO DOWNLOAD THE FACE IT LEAFLET ON THE MAIN POINTS OF OBJECTION TO THIS DEVELOPMENT

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

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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