Our current Local Plan runs from 2017 to 2028 and when we prepared this in 2012 we held local consultations which brought us to a large site at Hazleton and Pyle Farms with a comprehensive development that protected the smaller sites in our community. If you were living here at the time you will remember the flood of speculative housing applications that we had to fight off.
Every 5 years the local plan has to be revised to make sure that it is up to date, we are meeting our housing needs and that it takes on board new government policy – If we do not keep it up to date then developers can apply to build on pretty much any bit of land and provided it is sustainable, not in a flood plane and other basic criteria, would have a good chance at success.
So, this part of the local plan focuses on our needs from 2028 to 2036, a further 8 years ahead.
There is one complication – EHDC used to be responsible for all of the planning in the district. Since the formation of The South Downs National park the park who control the majority of the land take only about 10% of the housing – something that we had to manage in the last local plan. Our local plan covers only the parts controlled by EHDC.
So, in the last review of the Local Plan the SDNPA tool about 1,000 homes in the plan period and the parts of EHDC outside of the park 10,000 homes. We were able to accommodate a very large number of these in the former Army barracks at Whitehill and Bordon which helped.
The good news is that the housing numbers across the district remain about the same post review so we are not looking at a major increase like we had in 2023 but just the same steady amount.
The next bit of good news is that LEOH has the ability to take about 100 more homes than the previous allocation which means we can avoid building on dozens of acres of green field land elsewhere.
The final major bit of good news is that we are identifying timescales when the new allocated sites can be built on so that we don’t end up with a sudden surge in housing but make sure the build rate is slow and steady.
The proposed maps for Clanfield, Rowlands Castle and Horndean are below (please remember this is the draft plana and will be going to consultation shortly, details below)
SA 33 Horndean LEOH – additional 850 homes – 2020 to 2028
SA 34 Lovedean land to rear of 191 to 211 – 33 homes – 2030 to 2032
SA 35 Catherington Parsonage Farm – 5 homes -2030 to 2031
SA 36 Lovedean Cottage Farm, James Copse – 75 to 85 homes – 2023 to 2026
SA 37 Lovedean Woodcroft Farm – 70 to 180 homes – 2023 – 2027
So this is the Draft copy which is going to be reviewed internally and go out for public consultation between 5th February and 19 March 2019 for a 6 week period. When the final consultation copy is prepared I will publish it here with the consultation links and how to respond.
In the meantime the draft copy (all 380 pages long) can be downloaded on this link and you can find the details for Clanfield, Horndean and Rowlands Castle on pages 115 to 139: Local plan Review 2017 – 2036 This also gives more detail on each individual allocated site.
Appendix A which talks about how the plan is developed, how Neighbourhood plans are incorporated and the duty to cooperate (with adjacent planning authorities) can be downloaded here: Local plan Review 2017 – 2036 Appendix A
Appendix B which is the maps for the entire EHDC region can be downloaded here: Local plan Review 2017 – 2036 Appendix B
If the land is not on these maps then it is not going to have a look in until 2037.