The planning experts


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.

Recent Update (June 2014)

Brownfield first? CPRE Hampshire has recently (June 2014) written to local MPs in support of a brownfield first policy and seeks clarification of the five year supply. This follows Mr Pickles statement to make better use of brownfield land for our needed housing development - read more.

The Issues

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.

Our Position

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:

Further Reading

This page last updated 2nd July 2014.