EHDC Local Plan – Next Steps for Local Plan Consultation

Some of East Hampshire’s largest potential development areas will be the subject of a special consultation in the autumn.

The Local Plan Strategic Development Area consultation, to start in August/September, is the next stage in the process to produce a new Local Plan.

The Local Plan provides guidelines for future development in parts of East Hampshire outside the South Downs National Park.

Strategic development areas will be available for public comment as EHDC seeks to find the right location for future development.

The consultation will last six weeks and include six drop-in events.

It is part of our commitment to working with the community to deliver the new Local Plan.

We are particularly keen to receive representations from across the community and involve local people in the process as early as possible.

A broad consultation was held on the Local Plan in February and March. During that process the council received more than 2000 comments.

The overriding message from those responses was concern about infrastructure and the potential impact of new development on existing communities.

We therefore intend to consult on all potential major development areas, to gather further information and ensure local communities are engaged and aware from the early stages.

The results of the consultation will inform the council’s decision as to which areas will be included in the Local Plan. The council will not be taking comments on polices and sites not included as part of this consultation.
There will be a briefing ahead of the start of the consultation.

If you have any questions, please let us know: LocalPlan@easthants.gov.uk

The Planning Policy Team