Council to consider whether to bring forward a Local Plan review

At Cabinet last night (2 September 2021) Members unanimously agreed to the preparation of a range of business cases which may deliver savings, as part of the Medium Term Financial Strategy for the Council.  

It was agreed as part of this debate, that an additional business case be explored to bring forward the next revision of the Local Plan.   

Speaking about the discussion Cllr James Radley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance at Hart District Council, said: “During the Cabinet meeting I moved a motion to generate a business case for the cost benefit analysis of starting to commence the preparation for the next local plan review, which received unanimous support. A new settlement can continue to be investigated along with other options such as urban intensification as part of the Local Plan. 

A Local Plan will need to consider the various options to deliver whatever level of future housing growth the government calculates for Hart. We will need to evaluate the benefits and issues with all such options. Then Hart District Council, in consultation with residents, can make an informed judgement as to what solution or solutions best meet the needs of the people of this district.” 

Whilst the business case is being considered, all activity relating to the Garden Community project will be paused. All business cases will be brought back to the November Cabinet meeting for discussion.   

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