Hart Council has published a booklet as part of its forthcoming consultation setting out its estimate of housing capacity for each parish in the district. There are a number of strange anomalies in that booklet, including stating the capacity of Bramshill to be zero, when there is the old Police College ripe for redevelopment and Elvetham Heath, again set to zero when Hart even identify a capacity of 45 homes in their main consultation document.
But the most egregious anomaly is the estimate of only 30 units in Fleet itself. This misses out many brownfield sites that are ripe for redevelopment such as:
- The complex of offices that includes Admiral House, Flagship House, Hart Council Offices and the Harlington Centre that were identified and promoted by Fleet Future:
2. The derelict offices on Fleet Road, again identified by Fleet Future:
3. Fleet Police Station:
4. The still vacant units on Ancells Farm that have not yet been taken up by Stonegate:
5. The 119-acre Pyestock (aka Hartland Park), which has capacity for thousands of homes and where development of a new warehouse has stalled:
It is ridiculous, and some might say negligent, that Hart Council should be promoting a new town at Winchfield and/or urban extensions in Fleet or Hook for the Local Plan when there is plenty of vacant and derelict land that could form a more sustainable solution. Please do get involved with this consultation and respond to it using our guide on our dedicated page about this consultation here.