Every local authority is required to have a ‘Local Plan’ for housing, and this has to be reviewed every few years to suit housing needs in our communities. EHDC are currently working on our Local Plan which is called the Joint Core Strategy which incorporates two planning authorities – South Downs National Park (inside East Hants) and East Hampshire District Council.
It looks like there will be an increase in the projected housing to meet our needs, and the next 3 months will see what this increase is, and where it will be allocated. This is a difficult task as the South Downs National Park has a protected status and some of their housing needs are likely to be spread North and South of the park.
It is up to the District Councillors South of Butser to do what we can to minimise the housing increase and preserve our Semi Rural feel, but then once the numbers are clear, to steer this to areas where they do not damage the local communities, and we can build the right facilities.
Updates will feature here as they come.