Category Archives: NeighbourhoodPlanning

New Local Plan launch with Drop-In sessions

The EHDC Joint Core Strategy local plan was adopted in May 2014 and new Government legislation requires local plans to be reviewed at least every 5 years, so the current local plan – the Joint Core Strategy – will become out-of-date in May 2019. To try and meet that deadline the council has prepared a draft version of the proposed new local plan and the first public consultation phase on this begins tomorrow, Tuesday 5th February with a drop-in session at Ropley Village Hall, starting at 3.30pm until 8.30pm. If you cannot make this meeting, there are nine other drop-in sessions scheduled around the district including two in Alton and one in Four Marks – please see the attached flyer for details.

There will be display panels outlining the main features of the new plan, including the proposed infrastructure and housing allocations covering the period up to 2036. There will also be a number of EHDC Planning Policy officers present to help you understand the proposals, answer your questions and listen to your feedback.

As the new Local Plan together with the Ropley Neighbourhood Plan will dictate the direction of development in the parish for the next 15 to 20 years it is really important that you come along and see the proposals, and give your views so that you can shape the plan to meet your family’s needs.

Some parishioners have asked about the interaction between the Neighbourhood Plan and this new Local Plan, and whether the new Local Plan renders the Neighbourhood Plan obsolete. The new Local Plan will cover the areas of East Hampshire outside of the SDNP, and is currently expected to be adopted during the second half of 2020, while the Ropley Neighbourhood Plan is expected to be adopted (“made”) during the second half of 2019.

All Neighbourhood Plans integrate with their Local Plan to provide a finer level of detail as well as specific local policies, and the Ropley Neighbourhood Plan is written to integrate with the existing Joint Core Strategy. Once the new Local Plan is adopted it will have supremacy over the Ropley Neighbourhood Plan in policy areas where there is a conflict, but in areas where the new Local Plan is silent – for example Local Green Spaces – or where the Neighbourhood and Local Plans are aligned, then the Neighbourhood Plan will retain its influence on local planning decisions.

The Neighbourhood Plan will need to be reviewed to be conformant with the Government’s new review requirement, as well as with the new Local Plan, but that work is unlikely to take place before 2021, and should be much quicker than the current Neighbourhood Plan has been as much of the policy development work will not need to be repeated.

Please come along tomorrow and see what the draft Local plan contains for Ropley and the rest of the District!

Ropley Neighbourhood Planners

EHDC consultation on Ropley NP

Ropley Neighbourhood Plan – EHDC Regulation 16 Public Consultation launched

Your Parish Council has submitted the Neighbourhood Plan to EHDC and they have launched a 6 week public consultation on the plan running from December 14th until January 25th 2019. Hard copies of the plan and supporting documents can be viewed at the Courtyard shop, Alresford Library and the Boundaries and Mansfield Park surgeries. These can also be viewed and responded to online HERE

More info:

What documents comprise the ‘plan proposal’?
The plan proposal comprises the following documents:
(a) A map identifying the area to which the proposed neighbourhood development plan relates;
(b) A consultation statement;
(c) The proposed neighbourhood development plan;
(d) A statement explaining how the proposed neighbourhood development plan meets the requirements of paragraph 8 of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Where can the plan proposal be inspected?
Details of the plan proposal and downloadable copies of the relevant documents can be found
on our website at:

In addition, the full suite of evidence supporting the plan can be found at:

If required, hard copies of all of the documents listed above are available from East Hampshire
District Council, or copies of the plan can be viewed at:
• East Hampshire District Council, Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX
• Courtyard Village Shop, Church Street, Ropley, SO24 0DS
• Alresford Library, 20 Broad Street, Alresford, SO24 9AQ
• Boundaries Surgery, 17 Winchester Road, Four Marks, GU34 5HG
• Mansfield Park Surgery, Lymington Bottom Road, Four Marks, GU34 5EW

How and by when must you make representations?
Representations can either be sent via email using or by hard copy to:
Planning Policy
East Hampshire District Council
Penns Place
GU31 4EX

It is a requirement that the plan must be made available for publicity for a minimum of six weeks. To ensure that you have adequate time in which to respond, submissions will be
accepted from 9am on Friday 14 December 2018 until 5pm on Friday 25 January 2019. All responses will then be forwarded to the plan’s examiner once they are appointed. In the
interests of fairness to all respondents no late submissions will be accepted.
In addition, when making your representation, please can you indicate whether you wish to be informed of any decision EHDC make under Regulation 19 in relation to the outcome of the examination.

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the process at this stage or in future or have any problems accessing any of the links set out above please do not hesitate in
contacting me.

Yours Sincerely

Victoria Potts
Planning Policy Manager