Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan


Last chance to Have Your Say on the Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan

A number of changes to the plan have been made since the Regulation 14 consultation in late 2015.  These were made necessary by planning applications that have been approved by Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council over the last few months, and the publication of the Borough Council’s Local Plan in May 2016.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee has therefore arranged a further opportunity for the community to review and comment on the Plan, between 29 October and 3 December 2016.

Residents and those employed by or who run businesses in the Parish of Whitchurch who wish to view the Plan and submit comments should do by:

  • browsing the Plan and supporting documents below;
  • visiting the Town Hall during normal opening hours and Saturday mornings from 9am to 2pm; or
  • visiting the Neighbourhood Plan noticeboard at the Gill Nethercott Centre during normal opening hours.

All comments received before midnight on Saturday 3rd December 2016 will be taken into account.

Comments can be made using this form.

You can see the previous draft of the Neighbourhood Plan here: Pre-submission Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan.


Presentation of recommended changes to the Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan

Since the Pre-submission Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan (WNP) in December 2015 there have been a number of significant developments.

The most important of these are:

  • On May 26th 2016 BDBC “adopted” the Local Plan which changes the number of houses to be allocated by the Town Council and removes the BDBC allocation of Employment Land.
  • The 25 affordable homes proposed by Hyde Housing Association have been postponed indefinitely.
  • There has been a number of planning applications and decisions for housing and employment.
  • There have been comments by residents and other stakeholders that required our action, in respect of our draft Plan submitted in December.

The NPSC are therefore proposing changes to the WNP before formal submission to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. These changes have been approved by Whitchurch Town Council. The presentations set out the significant changes we recommend.

Presentations will be held at the Gill Nethercott Centre

  • Tuesday 19th July 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday 23rd July 1 pm – 4 pm

The material presented is also available on the Town Council and Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan websites.  To view this material please click here.

We would welcome your views and comments either by forms available at the presentations or by email through the websites.  To send your comment please click here.

David George, Chairman Steering Committee

“Where Should The New Houses Go” Draft Results Published

The results of the above consultation have been summarised in a draft report which can be downloaded via the link below. The NPSC is using these results and other planning criteria to identify those sites which it will propose for housing and employment land allocation in the proposed Neighbourhood Plan.

Results of the October 2014 Consultation.

 ‘Where Should The New Houses Go?’ Events held on the 11th, 15th and 18th of October 2014

Many thanks to all those who attended these events, came to see the extended exhibition in the Town Hall or who completed the questionnaire online.

Over 500 people visited

Over the three events we had over 500 visitors. They came along to see what was being proposed for development in Whitchurch over the next 15 years and to tell us what they think.

The displays at the events took the visitor through…

  • the aims of the consultation,
  • the ‘vision’ generated for Whitchurch from the results of the consultations held in March 2014,
  • how many houses have to be built,
  • the key issue of traffic,
  • the nine potential sites for housing,
  • the three potential sites for employment,
  • options for community infrastructure projects,
  • and some ideas for the town centre.

Several of the developers were also at the consultation displaying their proposals for development and discussing these with the public, as well as plenty of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee and volunteers who were able to answer questions and discuss the various proposals with the public. Visitors were then asked to complete the questionnaire asking them to give their preferences. The results of the questionnaire will guide the allocation of housing and business sites in the Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan, which will be put to a referendum next year. Results of the questionnaire will be posted here on the website when the consultation period has finished and the results compiled.

Some photographs from the events…

Signs outside the Parish Hall

Signs outside the Parish Hall

Displays on our 'Vision' for the future of our town

Displays on our ‘Vision’ for the future of our town

Displays on traffic issues

Displays on traffic issues

Members of the public talking to the developers...

Members of the public talking to the developers…

...taking in the displays...

…taking in the displays…

...and filling in the questionnaire.

…and filling in the questionnaire.

The events were busy on all three days

The events were busy on all three days

Flyers advertising the events were put up all over town and posted through all residents letterboxes

Flyers advertising the events were put up all over town and posted through all residents letterboxes

Vision Events held on the 1st, 5th and 8th of March 2014

A big thank you to everyone who visited the Neighbourhood Plan events in March.

Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan Vision Public Consultations at the Parish Hall March 2013

Visitors at the Public Consultation in the Parish Hall.

We were delighted with the level of interest, and the passion of every visitor for the future of our town and parish. There were hundreds of visitors and, so far, over 200 completed questionnaires describing how people feel about the parish, and their hopes and fears for the future of Whitchurch and its surrounding countryside.

If you weren’t able to visit, you can see a copy of the displays here – Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan Vision Public Consultation Displays. (You will need Adobe Reader to view the document, if you don’t have it on your computer, you can download it here. PDF

You can also complete the questionnaire online here – Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan Vision Questionnaire.

Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan Vision Public Consultation at the Parish Hall March 2013

Visitors looking at the displays and filling in the questionnaire during the events

We are now working through all the opinions which people shared and will provide an update as soon as we have summarised everything. In the meantime, if you have any other questions or comments, you are invited to get in touch. Contact: Mark Allinson neighbourhood.plan@whitchurch-hampshire-tc.gov.uk

Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan Vision Public Consultation at the Parish Hall March 2013

There was a drawing table for youngsters too