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B&DBC Local Plan Update

A six-week public consultation on Issues and Options for the Local Plan Update (LPU) started on Monday 28 September 2020 and has been extended for parish councils until 4 pm on Thu 3 December 2020. The purpose of this early and non-statutory consultation is to identify the key planning issues facing the borough over the next Local Plan period (to at least 2038) and consider suitable options to address them.  .


The consultation provided all stakeholders with the opportunity to influence the plan at an early stage. The consultation identified a number of key issues, reflecting the specific characteristics of the borough and more wide-ranging trends that will impact upon the area. The issues also reflect the ambitions of the council, highlighting priority areas for action and change. The main consultation document also outlined key options to be considered in the development of a suitable spatial strategy for the borough.

In addition to the main Issues and Options consultation document, the following documents have also been published for comment:

Promoted Sites -  Essentially the SHEELA with a few additional sites promoted since Dec 19.

Settlement Study Part 1 -  This considers the relative sustainability of the borough’s settlements, taking into account a range of local services and facilities.  Burghclere is classified as a small village in the lowest group (#5) with only a primary school, pub, and village hall as its key services and facilities.


Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report -  A Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is a process that is undertaken alongside plan-making, addressing the issue of sustainability through comparing, analysing and evaluating different options for the planning of the borough; maximising the positive impacts of plan options and minimising the negative impacts; and illustrating a strategy or plan’s overall contribution to sustainable development.  This document charts only Stage A of the 5 plan-making stages.


Site Assessment Methodology - This document sets out the proposed methodology to be used to identify, assess and agree development sites for allocation within the LPU. It explains the process in the SA Scoping Report and Issues and Options consultation. This is to gain the views of local communities, stakeholders and technical consultees to ensure that the methodology which is taken forward is robust and provides a suitable framework for site assessment. 


Response to B&DBC - The Parish Council met virtually with planning officers on 20 October 2020 and subsequently submitted this response.

Comments on EPH Rural Communities Paper - The Economic, Planning and Housing (EPH) Committee of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council will consider the Rural Communities Paper on 6 Jan 2022 following two (regrettable) postponements.  Our submission to be taken into consideration by our Borough Cllrs is at: 

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