Last Saturday, we submitted the We Heart Hart petition to Hart District Council. We chose this time so that the petition would be considered before the new proposed restrictions on petitions were able to come into force. They have now acknowledged receipt of the petition and Council Leader, Stephen Parker will consult we me in due course.
Council rules state that petitions with more than 1,000 signatories will trigger a debate of the full Council. At the time the petition was submitted there were 2,130 signatories. This is nearly four times the number of people who responded to Hart’s consultation and more than 10 times the number of people who expressed a preference for a new town. According to the Council Petition Scheme, the petition may also be debated by Cabinet.
The aims of the petition that all signatories signed up for were:
- To reduce the overall housing allocation for Hart District.
- Demand that the Council develops a vision and strategy for Hart that retains its role as a rural, green hinterland for NE Hampshire that respects the separate character and identity of Hart’s settlements and landscapes and preserves the green spaces as amenity space for the urban settlements.
- To require that the housing need is met by building on brownfield sites and increasing density in our existing urban areas.
- To request that future housing stock reflects the needs of the changing demographics of the district.
- To demand the council and government do not plan for any new settlement in Hart that will act as a sink for the unmet housing need in neighbouring areas.
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