Hart misses another deadline

This is where the miracle occurs

This is where the miracle occurs

In the immediate aftermath of the consultation debacle, Hart Council said that the consultation was “anticipated to be run again from late January“.  Of course, the last working day of January has now passed and there is no sign of the revised consultation and their website has been updated to say the consultation will run “from early Feb into mid March 2016”.

This now makes it a racing certainty that the new Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) will be released during the proposed new consultation period.  We believe that the new SHMA will reduce the housing need for the whole Housing Market Area, thus heading off the risk that we will have to build extra 3,000 houses for Rushmoor and Surrey Heath as well as reducing Hart’s own allocation.  This would of course render the whole consultation irrelevant as it would have been run on the wrong evidence base.

As we have written before, it would be better to wait until the new SHMA is released and run the consultation using the revised housing need numbers.  Due to the purdah rules, the results of the revised consultation could even be released at about the same time as if the consultation were started next week.

Hart District Council (HDC) Local Plan Consultation Time Lines

Local Plan Consultation Time Lines

It is time Hart Council too a leaf out of Rushmoor’s book and waited for the new SHMA before carrying on with the consultation.

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. No point including a project plan to demonstrate what logic, good sense and thinking can produce – Hart DC would not recognise a project plan if it blew in their faces. Their plan has to fit on the back of a fag packet which renders it unreadable (and of course would need a government health warning)

  2. No point including a project plan to demonstrate what logic, good sense and thinking can produce – Hart DC would not recognise a project plan if it blew in their faces. Their plan has to fit on the back of a fag packet which renders it unreadable (and of course would need a government health warning)

  3. Of course one of the reasons they probably haven’t managed to get this re-run according to their own deadline is because they’ve spent a lot of time in meetings deciding how not to reply to all the letters of complaint and clarification we’ve been sending them.

    So it’s our fault, really. 🙂

  4. Of course one of the reasons they probably haven’t managed to get this re-run according to their own deadline is because they’ve spent a lot of time in meetings deciding how not to reply to all the letters of complaint and clarification we’ve been sending them.

    So it’s our fault, really. 🙂

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