Following receipt of the Planning Inspectors report in February, which found that the Local Plan was sound and legally compliant, it has been adopted by the Council at its first ‘virtual’ meeting on 30 April 2020.
This means that planning applications will be considered against the policies in the adopted plan, together with any policies in neighbourhood plans and other guidance where relevant.
This is great news for both the council and its residents because it will give us a sound basis to make future planning decisions and meet our community’s needs.
Our Local Plan sets out how we will balance future development requirements with the need to protect the special qualities of Hart. It will include a supply of new homes (including affordable homes and those for older people), economic development floorspace, low carbon lifestyles and renewable energy, while at the same time protecting and enhancing our natural and built environment and biodiversity.
The Plan provides policies to ensure that the design of new buildings and the layout of new communities will be of high quality, which will generate conservation areas of the future.
Councillor Graham Cockarill, Cabinet member for Place, said: “Our Plan means that as a Council we have the power to shape and manage the delivery of new homes and economic growth in accordance with our vision for Hart to become the best place, community and environment to live, work and enjoy.
“It is a blueprint for meeting our community’s needs, improving the quality of life and putting in place the necessary infrastructure to support development. It will also protect our valued environment and the character of our towns and villages.”
Councillor David Neighbour, Leader of the Council, added: “This was adopted at our first virtual full council, demonstrating that the Council is still open for business as well as supporting residents and businesses during the current crisis.
“This Local Plan has been through extensive public consultation, review and examination and my thanks go to everyone who took part, had their say, and for all the hard work that was required to bring us to this moment. This is a real success for Hart and its future.”
More details on the Local Plan are available on our website.