Emerging planning policy and guidance

This includes details of planning documents currently being prepared, or to be prepared at a future date, including any current consultations. For advice on emerging planning policy and guidance and any consultations please contact planningpolicy@hart.gov.uk or telephone 01252 774118

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Hart Brownfield Register

Hart District Council is proud to be one of a number of local planning authorities who have agreed to first pilot the creation of a Brownfield Land register. This provides the opportunity to work together and with the Government to shape and develop a new policy. The experiences of pilot authorities will feed into the development of secondary legislation and guidance to support local planning authorities more widely. Therefore the process undertaken in preparing the brownfield register ‘for real' next year may change as a result of feedback from the pilot authorities.

Sites identified through this process do not have automatic permission in principle, nor is any permission granted other than through current planning procedures and policy.  This Register is a pilot only and carries no statutory or other weight.

Sites included within the Register must be suitable for residential development and in accordance with Government's rules free from constraints that cannot be mitigated, taking into account Government and local policies. Sites with planning permission are, in accordance with the government's pilot rules, included within the Register because by definition they are suitable for development, as they have been subject to detailed testing through the planning application process. The Register includes sites which are in the process of being delivered, but not sites which have been completed.

The Special Protection Area for birds is currently a real barrier to development in Hart and many other areas. Mitigation measures (SANGs) are required. There is currently no spare Council administered or controlled SANG capacity within Hart.  

We are working hard with our partners, including Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, to deliver a large area of potential SANG which once in place will allow sites for inclusion to come forward. It is however a very costly exercise. The issue is the funding of the several million pounds necessary to deliver this mitigation land.  We continue to strive for this and we are hopeful, but for the time being there remains a long way to go. Until this is resolved no one can assume with any certainty that additional SANG will become available to meet the needs of future development and that by definition means that for the time being sites that cannot demonstrate access to SANG cannot be included on the pilot register.

The register will be updated as this situation changes and therefore additional sites may be included on the register in the future, subject to satisfying all other criteria.

The pilot Brownfield Register for Hart can be downloaded here.

The register is provided for information only and the formal duty to publish a register will commence in April 2017.

Local Plan Refined Options consultation results

The results of the Local Plan Refined Options consultation are now available here.

The Refined Options for Delivering New Homes consultation has now closed.

Hart District Local Plan

The Local Plan is the key local planning policy document. It is underpinned by an evidence base to ensure that all future planning policy and decisions are based on robust and up-to-date information.

A new Local Plan Strategy and Sites document is being prepared as quickly as possible.

The timetable for preparing a new local plan is set out in the Local Development Scheme: Fifth Revision.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Council has not yet introduced CIL but is in the process of setting a charge. Once the Council publishes a draft Local Plan with an associated infrastructure schedule in the summer of 2016 it will then progress the implementation of CIL with a view to having a CIL charging regime in place in 2017.

Further details on CIL will be set out on the website in due course.

Neighbourhood Plans

A number of Neighbourhood Plans are being prepared across the district. Further information can be found on our Neighbourhood Plans page.

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