This post will provide a Hart major planning sites update. We will cover:
- West of Hook – Owens Farm
- Pale Lane (Elvetham Chase)
- Hartland Park (Pyestock)
- Grove Farm (Netherhouse Copse), Fleet
Hart Major Planning Site: Owens Farm West of Hook
A planning application has been made for 700 houses at Owens Farm, west of Hook. The deadline for comments and objections has been set for 1st November 2017. The application can be found at Hart’s public access system and searching for reference 17/02317/OUT.
Hook Action Against Over-Development have published some excellent guidance on how to respond. This can be found here.
We don’t think this development is either desirable or necessary and would urge you to oppose it.
Hart Major Planning Site: Bramshill
This is the application for around 250 units at the former Police College at Bramshill. This application was turned down in March 2017. However, the developer has appealed and the appeal hearing will be held in the main house starting at 10am on 31st October.
The application can be found at Hart’s public access system and searching for reference 16/00720/FUL.
We support the redevelopment of this brownfield site. In particular, we would like to see Grade I listed main Bramshill House preserved in some way. We recognise that the developer will probably have to make money elsewhere to properly fund the redevelopment. However, we do have reservations about the scale of development proposed elsewhere on the site which is in the SPA.
Hart Major Planning Site: Pale Lane (Elvetham Chase)
This is the application for 700 new houses at Pale Lane aka Elvetham Chase. The site lies between Elvetham Heath, the railway and the M3. The controversial planning application was submitted for this site back in November 2016.
We understand that the deadline for determination has been extended to 10 November 2017. There is a Planning Meeting at council planned for 8 November 2017.
The application can be found at Hart’s public access system and searching for reference 16/03129/OUT.
We hope and expect that Hart Council will reject this application. However, we would not be at all surprised if the developer appealed the decision. It would be difficult to defend the appeal after the Grove Farm decision, unless they manage to get the Local Plan in place before the appeal is heard.
Hart Major Planning Site: Hartland Park (Pyestock)
This is the site of former Pyestock National Gas Turbine Establishment. We have no further update since Hart Council’s planning committee agreed to the principle of building up to 1,500 new homes on this brownfield site.
We agree with this decision in principle, but echo the council’s concern about a number of items:
- The developer is proposing only 20% Affordable Housing. We would like to see more affordable housing and especially some social housing for those who can’t rent and can’t buy.
- We are concerned about the road network and therefore think Kennels Lane should be upgraded to provide a relief road around the site
- There should be a proper cycle/walking route installed to provide easy access to Fleet station.
We will continue to monitor this development.
The application can be found at Hart’s public access system and searching for reference 17/00471/OUT.
Hart Major Planning Site: Grove Farm (Netherhouse Copse)
Sadly, this site was approved for development by the planning inspector. This is an application for 423 new houses on the site off Hitches Lane in Fleet. The appeal for this site was heard back in July.