Since the formation of the South Downs National Park they have been operating under the Local Plans of the District Councils they pass through. This sets where housing, business land etc are allocated.
Over the last few years the South Downs National Park Authority have been working on their own local plan and the final consultation on this is underway. The Pre-Submission version of the South Downs Local Plan opens for public consultation from 26 September to 21 November 2017. This will be the last opportunity for the public to comment before it is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in spring 2018.
For us locally the park cuts into Clanfield, Horndean and Rowlands Castle which means our parishes have two different planning authorities with two different local plans running through them. This means that sites which have been previously submitted including ‘Land to the rear of the former Blue Anchor public house’ have been considered by the SDNPA and not East Hants.
The park has also been very protective of the main body of the park and we have been concerned that this would result in their housing need being tacked onto adjacent settlements such as ours. This has led to some strong position taking that the EHDC allocated housing to our three parishes applies to the entire area, not just the area inside the EHDC boundary.
Many local residents have also been concerned that the land to the North of Chalton Lane would be a convenient place for the SDNPA to dump their housing. This is something we have been vigilant to and made it clear would be unacceptable and fought against.
Happily there is minimal allowance for any housing locally in the SDNPA Local Plan and an excerpt of the local map is below:
The SDNPA Local Plan allocates 4750 homes across the entire park area compared to EHDC’s 10,000 in the portion of EHDC that does not include the park. Both plans run for approximately 20 years.
A hard copy of the plan is available to be viewed at Petersfield Town Council offices, Heath Rd, Petersfield GU31 4EA
Download a PDF of the Overview-Policies-Map-Western-Area-South
Link to the SNDPA Local Plan Consultation
Link to the SDNPA Draft Final Submission