Back in October 2014, Hart District Council said we had capacity for around 750 new dwellings on brownfield sites. Since then, a number of new sites were identified through the Stonegate Report and other sites such as Bramshill and Fleet police station came up. This led the Council to say as recently as October 1, that there was capacity for 1,800 homes on brownfield sites.
However, Hart Council have now published a draft housing options paper on their website that says brownfield capacity is now only 400 units [Update: a later version of the same document now states brownfield capacity as 450 units, although this is lower than the official SHLAA estimates for the same sites]. It seems that over the past six weeks, it seems the planners have “lost” 1,400 houses.
As far as we know very few, if any, of the initial 750 units have been given planning permission since October last year. We have made a FOI request to get to the bottom of it.
It remains a mystery where they have gone to, but one can only assume that there is a cabal of concrete campaigners in Hart who are determined to build on our beautiful countryside at the same time as they protect vacant and derelict office blocks In Hook, Fleet and all across the district. Please do get involved with this consultation and respond to it using our guide on our dedicated page about this consultation here.