Garden Community

Investigating the opportunity for a new Garden Community in Hart

Garden Community Update:

On Thursday 4 November, Cabinet agreed that the Shapley Heath Garden Community Project is to conclude with immediate effect. The project has given invaluable insight onto the complexity of the issues that surround the delivery of a potential new garden community.

The following background studies were commissioned based on detailed briefs provided by the Council for each of the surveys, except for the Transport Topic Papers, which were commissioned based on briefs by Hampshire County Council. The appointed consultants were required to liaise with the Councils to ensure that the requirements and standards stated in the briefs were fulfilled and this process has now concluded.

Air Quality


Ecology and Biodiversity - Part 1 and 2

Flooding and Drainage - Report and Appendices 1, 2 and 3

Heritage - Part 1 and 2

Landscape - Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


Transport* - Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Woodland and Trees - Part 1 and 2

* Confirmation that Transport - Topic papers 3-7 met the standards of the briefs has not been provided by the County Council due to the timeframes associated with producing the reports which coincided with the end of the project.

The summary report and results from the Communities' Survey are also available.

The choice of delivering a new garden community to meet future growth needs will now be evaluated as an integral part of any future Local Plan process. It will be assessed against all other growth options, particularly those opportunities arising from regeneration, brownfield development, settlement intensification and proportionate urban extensions.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the project.