At CPRE Hampshire we spend much of our time responding to demands for housing numbers beyond what is needed locally. But one aspect that we have been pursuing recently is the provision of affordable housing in rural communities.
The main issues that concern us are:
- Plans for additional housing which add to pressures on development in the countryside. The former South East Plan called for 33,000 additional homes per year to be built in the South East (6,685 in Hampshire). Today's figures are the sum of the Local Plans of the district and unitary authorities and may vary. However, developers continue to argue that authorities need more sites to fulfil their required 5-year supply, and there have been several recent proposals for inappropriately located development. This in turn increases road traffic and congestion, and puts more strain on water sources, in an area where this could cause supply problems in future.
- There is always pressure from developers to build on lower cost 'greenfield' sites, thus putting more of our countryside at risk. Although the National Planning Policy Framework gives a level of protection to AONBs, it does little to protect undesignated areas of the countryside. CPRE 2013 research showed that areas of greenbelt earmarked for development nearly doubled in a year. See Greenbelts under threat
- Particular proposals for major developments, including Welborne, Fareham's New Town and Bordon-Whitehill 'eco-town'. We have recently seen our objections to a proposal for 2,300 dwellings at Barton Farm, Winchester, over-ridden.
- The need to provide affordable housing in rural communities.
We are not opposed to house-building per se. Indeed, we supported a large part of the proposals in the South East Plan as it was based on a carefully structured plan, which attempted to take into account environmental constraints and quality of life. In summary, we:
- Recognise the need to create more affordable housing, especially in rural communities.
- Encourage good design, commensurate with local character.
- Support better use of existing land, particularly on brownfield sites and high housing densities in urban areas (the development at Petersfield is a good example of increased density and improved quality).
- Expect future housing provision to be sustainable, with high levels of energy and water efficiency.
What We Are Doing
Among our past and current activities are:
- Providing help for parishes who and community groups who want to comment on SHLAA (Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments - read article.
- Making a reasoned rebuttal to a 2013 report by Tulley Associates that there is a shortfall of housing allocation in Hampshire of over 12,000 homes - see press release.
- Promoting the CPRE guide How To Respond to a Planning Application (PDF 657Kb)
- Katherine Snell, a student who did a placement with us in 2009, has written a booklet Guidelines on Sustaining Thatched Roofs (PDF: 2.4Mb).
- A carefully considered and thoughtful response to the various housing proposals in the (former) South East Plan; many of our arguments are still valid today - see our archived South East Plan pages (opens in new tab).
- Actively following proposals for the Bordon-Whitehill 'eco-town', to make sure the new development does not harm the surrounding countryside and villages - see Whitehill, Bordon - An Eco-town?
- Highlighting the encroachment of housing close to the Thames Basin Heaths SPA (Special Protection Area) - see Hugh Sheppard's article 'New House Building - It's for the Birds' (archive website - opens in new tab) (March 2007).
- Encouraging local communities to build a few homes for rent or shared ownership on an 'exception site' in rural communities - see Chris Griffin's article The Need for Affordable Housing in Hampshire
- Wickham Community Land Trust lands its prize. This community trust purchased eight homes for local people in perpetuity. This is a good example of putting Chris Griffin's exhoration (see next item) into practice (May 2013).
- The Need for Affordable Housing in Hampshire. Chris Griffin encourages all rural communities to build a few new homes for rent or shared ownership on an 'exception site', and insist that it remains as such in perpetuity (May 2010).
- Reserve sites for housing: bane or blessing?. Chris Slattery comments on Hampshire's new policy of allocating reserve sites for housing (May 2006).
- New policies could erode safeguards. CPRE's housing manifesto calls for any new housing to well designed and located, meet local needs and enhance the local environment (Nov 2005).
- New House Building? It's for the Birds!. First published in The Odiham Society Journal this article by Hugh Sheppard discusses the encroachment of housing close to the Thames Basin Heaths SPA (Special Protection Area) (March 2007). Read the PDF version (550K) as it appeared or the Web version with links.
- Housing Supply: The Myth Exposed. CPRE's reaction to Kate Barker's report on housing supply (May 2004).
This page last updated 10th February 2014.
- Housing supply in Hampshire
- Homes for local people
- Affordable Housing
- Major developments
- North Fareham
- Bordon Eco-town
- Save Barton Farm
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