A planning application for Hartland Village has been submitted by St Edward Homes.
Details can be found at Hart’s public access system using reference 17/00471/OUT.
We are broadly supportive of this application, but would echo a number of the objections that have been made:
- There should be greater provision for affordable homes. The application is for 1,500 new homes in total. Provision has been made for 195 social rented units and 105 intermediate units. Given the council has increased our housing allocation to 10,000 on the basis of needing more affordable housing, the application should not go ahead unless at least 600 units are affordable or starter homes.
- There should be more provision for cycling and walking to Fleet station and the town centre. It would be helpful if a new bus service was also provided, perhaps along the lines of the Hartley Wintney Community bus.
- More investment will be required in the local road network to make this development work. We would suggest Kennels Lane needs a significant upgrade.
- Specific provision needs to be made for a local health centre and dental practice.
- We need a definitive answer from Hampshire County Council on whether a new secondary school is required in Hart or not. If so, it should be provided on this site, which is where the bulk of new children will live.
- As is the case with any new development in Hart, the mainline train route to London needs to be significantly upgraded, including stations and parking.
We would urge everyone to make their voice heard in this important consultation.