New Housing Market Assessment delayed again

Hart District Strategic Housing Market Assessment SHMA delayed again

According to an email we have seen from Rushmoor Borough Council, it appears as though the new Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) for Hart, Rushmoor and Surrey Heath has been delayed again until June 2016.

Back in January, Rushmoor said that the new SHMA and Employment Land Review (ELR) would be published in May 2016.  Around that time, Hart were saying “late-February” with perhaps some highlights a little earlier. Now, according to an email we have seen, dated today, the new SHMA and ELR have been pushed back until June, with publication of their draft submission Local Plan due in October or November 2016.  An extract of the email is shown below:

Key Milestones Dates
Publication of updated SHMA June 2016
Publication of updated ELR June 2016
Publish draft submission Local Plan October / November 2016
Submission of Local Plan, Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Report and Proposals Map to Planning Inspectorate February 2017
Hearing sessions May 2017
Receipt of Inspector’s Report October 2017
Adoption and publication of Local Plan and Proposals Map December 2017

Hart Council plans to publish a draft Local Plan (a plan in a similar state to the Local Plan Rushmoor sent out for consultation last Summer) in Summer 2016.  We find it difficult to believe that they will be able to stick to this timetable if the new evidence base is not going to be published until June.

Hart is now at significant risk of the Government stepping in and doing the Local Plan for them, as Government minister Brandon Lewis has said that Local Authorities may have their Local Plans written for them if they are not in place by early 2017.

As regular readers will know, this is not the first time the timetable has slipped as we reported here and here.

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17 Comments

  1. All the more reason to support the dispersal option, oppose a new town, oppose urban extensions and call for a brownfield solution, Sue Smith

  2. It just begs the question why would an article such as this suddenly appear. In the middle of a consultation it forms no part of yet could absolutely change. There has to be a reason to bring it up again when it had been brushed aside.

    • For it to be a truly sustainable development it would need to be about 100-150 units per hectare and contain various uses to prevent unnecessary car journeys. A suburban model would be bad for this site.

  3. Here is the article – still referencing the non-confirmed rumour and speculation (we know who started this rumour – SF) of contamination… would the Heatlh and Safety police really let a warehouse for food products be built on a contaminated site??

  4. Here is the article – still referencing the non-confirmed rumour and speculation (we know who started this rumour – SF) of contamination… would the Heatlh and Safety police really let a warehouse for food products be built on a contaminated site??

  5. It had been dismissed by certain councillors. You know who they are. But there has been no activity on that site for ages, and it looks like the original plans will not come to fruition because there isn’t the demand for a huge new warehouse.

    The site owner is not going to want to sit on a vacant site (and no doubt the debt they took on to buy it and do the initial demolition and road improvements) for ever.

    It would be marvellous if a way could be found to reassign Pyestock for housing.

  6. It had been dismissed by certain councillors. You know who they are. But there has been no activity on that site for ages, and it looks like the original plans will not come to fruition because there isn’t the demand for a huge new warehouse.

    The site owner is not going to want to sit on a vacant site (and no doubt the debt they took on to buy it and do the initial demolition and road improvements) for ever.

    It would be marvellous if a way could be found to reassign Pyestock for housing.

  7. IAnd out of the blue there is a half page article in fleet news about hart chief exec Daryl Philips about his determination to chase pyestock for 1000 houses?????? Thought this had been dismissed.

  8. IAnd out of the blue there is a half page article in fleet news about hart chief exec Daryl Philips about his determination to chase pyestock for 1000 houses?????? Thought this had been dismissed.

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