Planning in Hampshire
The above map gives you a flavour of some of the developments in Hampshire on which we have campaigned. This 'battlemap' is currently being updated, but you can see the earlier edition here.
CPRE Hampshire engages with planning across the county. From influencing large scale strategic planning to working with local communities on smaller developments we try to offer positive solutions for the benefit of both our countryside and the community.
The recently approved Localism Act has now been enshrined in law and will radically reform planning in England and Wales. The aim is to simplify the planning process and give local communities more say about planning and development. Local Development Frameworks (LDFs) are likely to take centre stage and will provide CPRE Hampshire with real opportunities to get involved in community led planning. However, local plans must fit with national policy such as the proposed National Planning Policy Framework, which CPRE Hampshire heavily criticised in its current form - see the main planning page for the latest on this issue.
Promoting the opportunities of Localism. We are providing advice, guidance and encouragement for communities to engage with the new planning system in their local area - see the community planning page.
Campaigning on the Darft National Planning Policy Framework. We made a response on behalf of the Hampshire community to the consultation for the proposed National Planning Policy Framework - see our detailed 38-page response to the consultation (PDF) or our 10-point summary.
Influencing development plans for South Hampshire. We have worked with residents and local groups as part of SHUV (South Hampshire's Unheard Voices) to oppose inappropriate development in the countryside, most notably the proposed North Fareham Strategic Development Area.
Engaging in proposals for the Bordon-Whitehill 'eco-town'. Our aim is to make sure that this proposed development has suitable infrastructure, takes account of its surroundings and that it lives up to its 'eco-town' credentials - see Whitehill, Bordon - An Eco-town?.
Reviewing proposals for major housing developments. Several proposed major housing sites are green field sites where CPRE feel that housing development is inappropriate. Proposals we continue to review include those at Barton Farm in Winchester, proposals for Basingstoke, and sites at the edge of Petersfield - see Barton Farm Campaign, Petersfield press release.
Promoting affordable housing. We are 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.
Supporting our National Parks Authorities. Both the New Forest and South Downs National Parks Authorities aim to enhance the special character and enjoyment by all of these beautiful areas. We successfully fought a long campaign to include the Western Weald within the South Downs National Park - see South Downs NP pages.
In summary, we:
- Seek to protect our Hampshire countryside and maintain and enhance its natural beauty
- Support better use of existing land, particularly on brownfield sites and high housing densities in urban areas
- Expect future housing provision to be sustainable, with high levels of energy and water efficiency
- Encourage good design, commensurate with local character
- Recognise the need to create more affordable housing, especially in rural communities.
How We Can Help You
If you, or your local community need support, we can offer you planning advice and have a wealth of expertise on offer to aid your work. Our planning volunteers are often able to provide local advice and direct you to relevant resources. We can look at the applications and if appropriate we will try to influence the proposal by putting in a response from CPRE. Please contact us at email@example.com (Tel: 01962 779185).
Many of the following refer to the now defunct South East plan and Regional Spatial Strategies. Nevertheless, they do highlight key planning issues for Hampshire and CPRE Hampshire's position. Please note - you will be taken to our archive website.
- CPRE comments on the Proposed Changes to the draft South East Plan (October 2008) - 3-page introductory letter (PDF) and full section by section (86 page) response (PDF).
- Presentation to CPRE Hampshire's AGM by Ed Dawson (Director, CPRE South East) on South East Plan Examination in Public (PDF 2.4Mb - May 2007).
- Response from CPRE South East to Draft Regional Economic Strategy (PDF June 2006).
- Response to Draft South East Plan (PDF June 2006) - a comprehensive 53-page respponse covering all aspects including economy, housing, transport, water resources, waste and minerals.
- Regional Planning - What to Expect - an article by Ed Dawson on the implications of the 2004 Planning Act (March 2005).
There are more article on our archived South East Plan pages.
This page last updated 28th February 2012.
- NPPF - Planning in Hampshire
- National planning website (CPRE)
- CPRE 2026 vision (PDF)
- Planning (CPRE national campaign
- CPRE planning policy (PDF)
- CPRE policy on sustainable development
CPRE Hampshire is not responsible for the content of external websites
The NPPF and Planning in Hampshire. This article argues the case for reform of the planning system, but calls for substantial revisions in the Draft National Planning Policy Framework. Read article
STOP FAREHAM SDA:
Currently a top planning issue in Hampshire is the proposed Fareham Strategic Development Area which calls for a new town of up to 10,000 new homes. CPRE in its alliance with South Hampshire's Unheard Voices calls for proper consultation on this proposal.