Current planning policy and guidance

This includes the adopted development plan policies that cover Hart, and other planning documents that may be taken into account when determining planning applications. For additional information, please view the Planning Advice and Planning Applications page. For advice on how current planning policies and guidance apply to particular development proposals or planning applications please contact planningadmin@hart.gov.uk or telephone 01252 774419

Current Planning Policy

The Development Plan is currently made up of the following documents:

Hart District Council recently consulted on the Draft Local Plan Strategy and Sites 2011-2032. The consultation documents and further details are available at www.hart.gov.uk/draft-local-plan.

Current Planning Guidance

Statement of Community Involvement

Interim Housing Delivery Strategy (Withdrawn on 10.6.2016)

Affordable Housing Informal Development Guidance 2017

When applying policy ALT GEN 13, please note that the higher threshold (0.5ha / 15 dwellings) applies to the following settlements: Fleet, Yateley, Blackwater / Hawley, Hook and Hartley Wintney. For all other settlements and rural communities the lower threshold (11 dwellings) will apply in compliance with National Planning Practice Guidance (Paragraph 031, Reference ID: 23b-031-20161116).

Thames Basin Heath Interim Avoidance Strategy

In April 2017 the Council agreed an interim release of SANG from Bramshot Farm to allow allocations to proposed developments of 5 or less (net) dwellings. The Protocol for the Interim Release of SANG clarifies how this allocation will be administered. 

The release of SANG as agreed by the April 2017 Cabinet relates to those development proposals that had been submitted prior to June 2016 and either:

  • refused due to a lack of mitigation; 
  •  refused due to a lack of mitigation alongside other minor technical matters which could have been overcome during the application process; or 
  •  dismissed on appeal solely for reasons relating to the absence of SANG.

Should any of the interim SANG release be available after the development proposals which meet the above criteria have been determined, other proposals for 5 or less units will be able to apply for mitigation.   

A previous Cabinet paper and SANG guidance note shows how other development proposals can gain access to SANG capacity where:

(i)      developments that deliver rural affordable housing (i.e. rural exception sites).
(ii)     redevelopment of previously developed land where the development delivers 40% affordable housing.
(iii)    conversion of office premises to residential use.

No priority for the allocation of Council administered or managed SANG will be given to any development that does not meet the criteria set out in the SANG guidance note or the Protocol for the Interim Release of SANG. A further review of SANG capacity will be carried out in October 2017.

The Community Infrastructure Policy (updated August 2014) sets out the Council's requirements with new development, usually secured through Section 106 Planning Obligations, and often in the form of financial contributions. The following list provides more detail on the required contributions:

Parking Provision Interim Guidance

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Yateley Village Design Framework Supplementary Planning Document

​Odiham Village Design Statement

Surface Water Flooding Proforma

The surface water flooding proforma is a new tool being trialled by Hart District Council. The aim of the proforma is to make a smoother planning application process for small scale developments located in areas that flood from surface water.

You should consider using the Surface Water Flooding Proforma for sites of less than 1 ha in Flood Zone 1 that flood from surface water. You can check if your site floods from surface water by checking the Environment Agency's maps.

Please fill in the Surface Water Flooding Proforma below and submit the completed form with the rest of your planning application documents.

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