North Waltham Neighbourhood Plan

In 2015 North Waltham Parish Council decided to begin the process of developing a Neighbourhood Plan for the village. To initiate the process the Parish Council applied to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to designate the Parish as a neighbourhood area. After a four-week consultation, the North Waltham Neighbourhood Plan Designation Area was approved on the 10th August 2015.

Following the approval of the Neighbourhood Plan Designation Area, the Parish Council asked the community for volunteers to join a working group to put together the Neighbourhood Plan. In December 2015 the working group held its first meeting.

What is Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning is a way for communities to decide the future shape of the places where they live and work. It allows communities to:

  • Allocate land for development including homes, shops and offices.
  • Have a say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided by establishing planning policies for the development and use of land in the neighbourhood.
  • Grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead.

Further details on Neighbourhood Planning can be found at the back of the questionnaire, along with a glossary of some of the terms used.

What are the benefits of Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood planning offers the opportunity for communities to guide development within their area. Unlike the village plan that the has previously been drawn up, a neighbourhood plan will be part of the statutory development plan for the area, meaning that the borough council and planning inspectors will need to take the plan into consideration when making planning decisions.

Neighbourhood planning provides the opportunity for communities to set out a positive vision for how they want their community to develop over the next ten, fifteen, twenty years in ways that meet identified local needs and make sense for local people. They can put in place planning policies that will help deliver that vision or grant planning permission for the development

Call For Sites

As part of the Neighbourhood Plan, it is important to consider the merits of making site allocations for development in and around North Waltham to address local needs.  As part of its work in assessing opportunities for future development and potential sites to bring forward to meet the requirements set out in Local Plan – Policy SS5, the Parish Council’s Plan Project Team is calling upon landowners and managers of land within the Parish of North Waltham for expressions of interest in applying for future development permission.

This is an opportunity for landowners and developers to propose sites within the North Waltham Neighbourhood Plan area for development. This exercise will not in itself decide whether a site would be allocated for development by the Neighbourhood Plan nor will it commit the proposer(s) to applying for planning permission, but it will enable the committee to better understand which land within the Parish could be available for development.

The site suggestions received by the group will be used to guide and inform the preparation of the Allocations of Land and Site Development section of the North Waltham Neighbourhood Plan.

If you want a site(s) to be considered for development by the Neighbourhood Plan, we should like to hear from you. The sites need not be in your ownership if you have a responsibility for managing them and they can be proposals for a wide range of development uses. For each site please complete the Call for Sites Submission Form.

In completing the information form please:

  • Attach a map outlining the precise boundaries of the whole site and the part which may be suitable for development (if this is less than the whole). This information is essential if we are to register the site;
  • Use a separate form for each site;
  • Do not submit sites that already have planning permission for housing or other development, unless different proposals are now envisaged.

Completed forms and any supporting documents should be submitted to the Parish Clerk (northwalthamclerk@live.co.uk) by 5pm on 6th October 2017

Working Group Members

  • Cllr Geoff Chapman – Chair
  • Cllr Adele Stevenson
  • Cllr Petter Waggett
  • Ruth Knight
  • Wendy Tilley
  • Nick Tilley
  • Pip Hartley
  • Emma Turner
  • Hannah Pearce
  • Sue Robinson