We were extremely pleased that over 50 visitors to our stand at the very successful Culture on the Common event signed our ‘attendance’ book. This provides very valuable evidence for the Plan Examiner who will be scrutinising our Plan - if all goes well - later in the year.

The current version of the Plan (Revision 8) can be seen in the latest news section of this website by clicking here and the website also gives you another avenue for feeding back your thoughts on the ‘Contact Us’ page.

The need for more affordable housing particularly for individuals and young families was frequently mentioned to us as was extra care housing and life time homes for an increasing older population who wish to remain within the community and this is recognised with the narrative of the Plan.

In summary, other areas the Plan touches on are:

  • New Housing which comprises Nero Brewery (10 dwellings), James Farm (6 dwellings and Pools Yard (8 dwellings) i.e. 24 in total;

  • Protection of Local Green Spaces – eight in all (see page 32 of the plan);

  • Protection of Distinctive views – five in all (see page 34 of the plan);

  • The establishment of a Green Gap between Hartley Wintney and Murrell Green.

A number of themes - which were consistently raised in our consultations - are included in ‘Community Aspirations (see page 55), amongst these are:

  • The need for the provision of extra care housing;

  • Revision of the HW conservation area;

  • The lack of parking for local businesses and retail employees;

  • Vehicles speeding through the village and using the village as a ‘rat run.

This is, of course, no more than a summary of the 71-page document which you are very much encouraged to read.

Going forward the timeline - which is subject to a number of potential variances - looks something like this:

30th August 2017 Responses from Natural England, Historic England and the Environment Agency
13th September Steering Group Meeting to review feedback
1st November Submission to Hart District Council
December/January 2018 Formal Plan Examination
February Examiner’s Report
March Publication of pre-referendum statement
May Referendum

Chris Farrance

Chairman

HW Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group