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 or telephone 01252 774419

Current Planning Policy

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

On 3 January 2018, subject to some minor changes, Cabinet agreed to publish the Hart Local Plan Strategy and Sites 2016-2032 Proposed Submission Version.  The Plan will be published on 9 February 2018.  There will follow a six week period, to 26 March 2018, during which time representations can be made.  The Cabinet/Council papers and draft minutes are available at

Statement of Community Involvement

The SCI sets out Council policy for consultation on the Local Plan, Supplementary Planning Documents and planning applications.

Statement of Community Involvement

Hart Brownfield Register

Hart District Council has prepared a Brownfield Register which contains a list of brownfield sites in the district suitable for residential development:

Brownfield Register

Sites identified in the Brownfield Register do not have automatic permission in principle, nor is any permission granted other than through current planning procedures and policy. The register is a 'live' document and can be updated in light of the latest information on suitable sites and the availability of SANG.

Current Planning Guidance

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 October 2017 the Council agreed a SANG allocation Policy relating to Council owned or controlled SANG. The criteria against which an allocation of SANG capacity will be considered, and the appropriate SANG costs can be viewed below:

Council owned / controlled SANG allocation criteria

No priority for the allocation of Council administered or managed SANG will be given to any development that does not meet the above allocations policy.

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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