It’s official, in an answer to a question to be posed at tomorrow’s council meeting, Hart District Council has disclosed that it doesn’t have a vision. It is quite simply astonishing that after months of work on the Hart Local Plan they still don’t have a vision for what Hart is going to look like in 2031.
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We Heart Hart posed a number of questions to the council ahead of tomorrow’s meeting. Among them was a question about their vision for the future of the district that they must prepare in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
One might expect this to be an early part of their work so that they can objectively assess alternative development scenarios against that vision. However, their approach appears to be the other way round, decide where they are going to dump the houses and then retro-fit a vision to that. Sadly we seem to be on the slippery slope to a giant, sprawling conurbation in the north east of Hart by default (joining up Fleet, Dogmersfield, Church Crookham, Crookham Village, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Odiham and North Warnborough) because they can’t be bothered to come up with a more positive vision. Not only that, but they are still insisting on a new town option that will act as a sink for the 3,100 houses that Surrey Heath and Rushmoor say they can’t build.
Other revelations from their answers include:
- Their belief that the locations of the houses we build won’t change the traffic and congestion impact very much. I am not sure residents of Hartley Wintney, Hook, Fleet Odiham and Church Crookham will welcome the additional traffic from a new town on their doorstep in Winchfield.
- Admission that they are being forced to include a new town option in their planning so they can accommodate the overspill from Surrey Heath and Rushmoor
- Insisting that there is capacity for only 750 houses on brownfield land even though many of the brownfield sites BraveHart photographed are not in the SHLAA despite there being several sites on Ancells Farm up for sale.
The full questions and answers can be found here.