East Hampshire District Local Plan: Joint Core Strategy

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1. Introduction

1.1 East Hampshire is a desirable place to live and work with its historic market towns, attractive villages and countryside. The District Council and South Downs National Park Authority share the desire to sustain this into the future, whilst realising the area is evolving and that it is essential to balance economic and social needs with the need to protect the environment

1.2 The Council and the South Downs National Park Authority have important roles to play in making sure there are sufficient houses, jobs, shops and businesses, health facilities and recreational opportunities. The Council and National Park Authority 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 worker housing near hospitals, schools and old people’s homes. In particular the regeneration of MoD and local authority land at Whitehill Bordon will provide the opportunity to create an eco-town.

1.3 The Council and National Park Authority are doing this by preparing the Joint Core Strategy which will be the first part of the new Local Plan which together with a site allocations and development management plan will make up the Local Development Framework (LDF) or overall new Local Plan. The new Local Plan will look at how East Hampshire may change in the future to continue to meet the needs of the local population and over time it will replace the Local Plan (2006).

1.4 The purpose of the Joint Core Strategy is to provide a policy framework that plans for new development to deliver the vision that has been developed alongside the Sustainable Community Strategy1.

By 2026, East Hampshire will be a better place where people live, work and build businesses in safe, attractive and prosperous towns and villages. They will have good access to a range of housing, jobs, leisure and community facilities, and enjoy a high quality built, historic and natural environment. They will live and work in a way that respects resources and protects and enhances the District’s natural environment.

Your views have been important

1.5 When preparing the new documents, the Council and National Park Authority have taken 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.

The Joint Core Strategy

1.6 The Joint Core Strategy is a long-term document that will shape and guide development in East Hampshire to 2026. Being spatial2, the Joint Core Strategy reflects other strategies and policies of the area and addresses where necessary other issues such as healthcare priorities, education and economic development.

1.7 The Joint Core Strategy takes a broad look at the future of places in East Hampshire and considers where changes should be made. It does not identify where specific development sites should be located, as these will be identified in the next part of the new Local Plan once the Joint Core Strategy has been approved by the Government.

1.8 When starting to identify planning issues for East Hampshire all the requirements at government, regional, county and District level were taken into account. These needed to be followed as they set the scene for the decisions that had to be made. At that time the South Downs National Park had not been established although much of the area was already contained in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

1.9 Government. National planning guidance 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

1.10 South East Plan3. The Government Office for the South East produced the South East Plan, a framework for the region as a whole, including the number of houses and employment areas that need to be built from 2006 to 2026. Its policies are currently applied in East Hampshire. The Government’s intention is to revoke the South East Plan through the Decentralisation and Localism Bill.

1.11 Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH)4. Part of East Hampshire lies within the South Hampshire sub-region which extends from Southampton 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.

1.12 South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA). The South Downs National Park Authority took on its full responsibilities on 1 April 2011. The SDNPA is the organisation responsible for promoting the purposes of the National Park and the interests of the people who live and work within it. Throughout the work on the Joint Core Strategy East Hampshire has worked closely together with officers and members of the new National Park to ensure that these purposes and interests are addressed.

1.13 The East Hampshire Community Partnership5. 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 towards in the future. The Joint Core Strategy and the Sustainable Community Strategy were prepared through joint and co-ordinated processes and share a joint vision. The Joint Core Strategy will help to deliver the spatial elements of the Sustainable Community Strategy.

Earlier consultations

1.14 Leading up to this pre-submission 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.

The Issues and Options stage was followed by the Core Strategy: Preferred Policies document that set out the main issues to be included in the various policy areas.

1.15 Both consultations generated a large response. The comments received were taken into account in preparing this pre-submission document. A variety of meetings, workshops and exhibitions took place during the earlier consultation periods.

1.16 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 referenced throughout the Joint Core Strategy and available for public scrutiny and can be seen on the District Council’s website.

1.17 The teams across the District preparing town and parish plans have also fed their ideas into the Joint Core Strategy. Much of this work is at an early stage so many of the proposals will need to be incorporated into future parts of the new Local Plan.

1.18 The Joint Core Strategy sets out a profile of the District; the spatial vision; a series of objectives designed to achieve the vision; core delivery policies; an infrastructure and delivery strategy and a monitoring framework which set out how the spatial strategy will be delivered. A Sustainable Appraisal (SA), incorporating the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), to integrate social, environmental and economic considerations, and a Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) have been taken into account in the preparation of the Core Strategy. It is important that the Joint Core Strategy is read as a whole, it is the consideration of all the policies of the Joint Core Strategy that will deliver the vision for the future of East Hampshire.

1.19 Other parts of the new Local Plan, will take the lead from the Joint Core Strategy to ensure they are in conformity with its vision, spatial strategy and policies. The next part of the new Local Plan is the Development Allocations and Development Management Plan and will include details of proposed land use designations and more detailed development management policies.

1. 20 Appendix 1 identifies those ‘saved’ policies of the Local Plan (2006) that this Joint Core Strategy replaces.

Your comments

1.21 Representations on the Pre-Submission Core Strategy will have to relate to whether the document is considered to be sound and legally compliant.

1.22 To help you respond to this document, a response form is available from the East Hampshire District Council website www.easthants.gov.uk.

If you require a paper copy then please call 01730 234219. If you require this in an alternative format then please let us know.

1.23 Any comments on this document must be made no later than 5.00pm on Friday 16 March 2012.

Representations 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
1 Sustainable Community Strategy 2008-2026 2 Definition of Spatial Planning: Planning which goes beyond traditional land uses to integrate policies for the development and use of land and other policies and programmes which influence the nature of places and how they function. They will include policies which impact on land use (e.g. by influencing the demands on or needs for development) but which are not capable of being delivered solely or mainly through the grant or refusal of planning permission and which may be implemented by other means (Planning Advisory Service). 3 The South East Plan - Regional Spatial Strategy for the South East, Government Office for the South East, May 2009 4 PUSH website: www.push.gov.uk/ 5 East Hampshire Community Partnership website: www.easthampshirecommunitypartnership.org/
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