You will probably recall a period about 5 years ago when we received a barrage of planning applications for land across Horndean, Clanfield, Lovedean, Blendworth and surrounding areas. We were able to successfully navigate a way through this and direct our local needs to Land East of Horndean (about which I will post an update shortly).
Well, we are required to update our local plan every 5 years so it is ‘up to date’ which means we can identify where development takes place (inside our Settlement Policy Boundary). if we allow this to lapse, or can not generate sufficient building permissions then developers are allowed to submit applications for land that is not in the local plan provided it is a ‘Sustainable’ development – a topic for another day…
Every year we do a ‘Call for Sites’ which is asking land owners to submit details of land they would be interested to develop, and these are sifted. Sites of special scientific interest, sites in flood plains, sites with harmful visual impact are several other categories are removed. the short list is then filtered and with input from parish councils, neighbourhood plan groups, residents associations and individual commenters are filtered further to get the final list.
You can register on the EHDC Website for updates on the local plan and how to make your own representation.
Please note that The South Downs National Park has its own local plan and this applies to areas outside of the park.