Core Strategy Preferred Policies

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1. Introduction

A new way of planning

1.1 East Hampshire is a great place to live and work with its historic market towns, pretty villages and delightful countryside and the district council shares your desire to preserve this long into the future. But we also realise the area is evolving and that it is important to move with the times and meet everyone’s social and economic needs.

1.2 For example, the council has an important role to play in making sure there are sufficient houses, jobs, shops and businesses, health facilities and recreational opportunities. We can also influence some of the other issues which impact on people’s lives such as crime and disorder, transport, green issues and the availability of key workers in places like hospitals, schools and old people’s homes.

1.3 The Council is doing this by preparing the Core Strategy which is the first in a series of new planning policy documents which together will be known as the Local Development Framework (LDF). These will look at how the area may change in the future to continue to meet the needs of the local population and over time it will replace the Local Plan, which was adopted in 2006.

Your views are important

1.4 When preparing the new documents, the Council will take into account the views of the local community, not only those who live in the area but also those who work and spend time in East Hampshire. You can play a big part in shaping what happens locally by helping to draw up the new policies.

The Core Strategy

1.5 So what exactly is the Core Strategy and what is expected of it? The Core Strategy is a long-term document that will shape the overall framework for all the other documents making up the LDF and will guide development in East Hampshire to 2026.

1.6 Government guidance says that a Core Strategy should include:

  • An overall vision which sets out how the area and the places within it should be developed
  • Strategic objectives for the area focusing on key issues
  • A delivery strategy for achieving these objectives outlining how much development is intended to happen, when, and by what means it will be delivered. Locations for strategic development should be indicated on a key diagram
  • Clear arrangements for managing and monitoring delivery of the strategy.

1.7 The Core Strategy will take a broad look at the future of places in East Hampshire and will consider where changes should be made. It will not contain detailed comments such as where specific development sites should be located, as these will be identified in later documents once the Core Strategy has been approved by the Government. The programme for the preparation of these documents is set out in the Council’s Local Development Scheme.

1.8 This preferred policies document is a part of the more informal consultation stage and is designed to seek as much information as possible. If you take part in this process your comments will be used when drawing up more detailed proposals.

1.9 This is the best opportunity to share general views as, after this stage, the process becomes more formal and you will be more restricted on what you can comment on and when.

1.10 This document sets out the Council’s preferred policies for the Core Strategy but also refers to other options that have been considered.

Where did the Council start?

1.11 When we started to identify issues for East Hampshire, we took into account the requirements at government, regional, county and district level. These need to be followed as they set the scene for the decisions that have to be made.

1.12 Government. National planning guidance, called planning policy statements, is produced by the government and covers a wide range of topics. This guidance can be found on the Communities and Local Government website: www.communities.gov.uk

1.13 The Government Office for the South East. This office produces the South East Plan, a framework for the region as a whole, which sets out the number of houses and employment areas that need to be built from 2006 to 2026. Its policies are applied in East Hampshire, along with those in the LDF.

1.14 Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH). Part of East Hampshire lies within the South Hampshire sub-region which extends from the New Forest in the west to Havant in the east. PUSH is a partnership of 11 local authorities which have joined to work together to develop a strategy for growth. Parts of the southern parishes of Horndean, Clanfield and Rowlands Castle are included in the sub-region. It is intended that Southampton and Portsmouth will be the main focus for investment and development as these areas provide major employment, retail, leisure, entertainment, higher education and cultural centres for the sub-region.

1.15 Having taken into account the requirements at national, regional, county and district level, East Hampshire must provide 5,200 new homes between 2006 and 2026. Some of these have already been built or have been allocated in the existing Local Plan. Of this total, 1,200 homes will be built in the East Hampshire part of the South Hampshire sub-region and 4,000 homes will be built in the rest of East Hampshire. In addition, about 5,500 homes will be built as a part of the Whitehill/Bordon Opportunity.

1.16 The East Hampshire Community Partnership. This is an umbrella body of organisations from the public, private, voluntary and community sectors who work together to plan for the long-term needs of East Hampshire and deliver projects to improve the quality of life in our area. The partnership prepared a new Sustainable Community Strategy 2008 – 2026 which sets out the shared aims and commitments that all local organisations should work toward in the future. It shares a joint vision with the Core Strategy.

Issues and Options and other consultations

1.17 Leading up to this preferred policies consultation a lot of fact-finding and informal consultation has already taken place. A very important stage was the Issues and Options consultation from February to May 2008. The issues and options for consultation were set out in the following separate papers:

  • Environment
  • Housing
  • Economy
  • Transport
  • Healthy Living
  • Where New Development Should Go
  • The Whitehill/Bordon Opportunity.

1.18 The consultation provoked a large response with the comments received summarised and taken into account in preparing this preferred policies document. A variety of meetings, workshops and exhibitions also took place during this earlier consultation period. The key points are highlighted in the relevant sections of this document.

1.19 Other key stakeholders and interested organisations have also been involved and their views and expertise have been noted in various assessments on such topics as housing and employment needs, sports and recreation, flood risk and habitats regulations. All of these studies are available for public scrutiny and can be seen on the District Council’s website (www.easthants.gov.uk).

1.20 The teams across the district preparing town and village plans have also fed their ideas into the emerging Core Strategy. Much of this work is at an early stage so many of the proposals will need to be incorporated into additional local development documents and any future review of the Core Strategy

Your comments

1.21 We would welcome your comments on this paper and have an on-line system to help you submit responses directly to us at www.easthants.gov.uk.  You can also download a representation form from the website, or if you require a paper copy then please call 01730 234219. If you require this in alternative format then please let us know.

1.22 Any comments on this document must be made no later than 5pm on 6 January 2010.

Comments should be returned to:

Planning Policy Team
East Hampshire District Council
Penns Place
Petersfield
Hampshire GU31 4EX

Tel: 01730 234219

Email: ldf@easthants.gov.uk

What happens after this consultation?

1.23 The proposals set out in this document will be reconsidered following the consultation. A Core Strategy document will then be prepared and published for consultation. This document will then be submitted to the government for public examination and an assessment by an independent inspector.

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