Issues and Options Consultation

The council is undertaking an Issues and Options consultation to inform the Local Plan Update. This non-statutory consultation asks for views on the identified key planning issues facing the borough over the next Local Plan period (to at least 2038) and potential options to address them. The consultation provides all stakeholders with the opportunity to shape the plan at an early stage. Further information can be found on the Local Plan Update webpage.

The consultation will take place for six weeks between Monday 28 September 2020 and Monday 9 November 2020.

Identified key issues

Placing climate change at the heart of all planning decisions – using ambitious sustainability principles to ensure that new development is energy efficient and takes advantage of improved technology to reduce carbon emissions, and supporting renewable energy.

Creating high quality communities – raising the standard of design and build quality of new homes and supporting local distinctiveness.

Providing the right housing – ensuring residents have access to a variety of new, affordable and accessible homes on sites that are deliverable.

Facilitating the delivery of new infrastructure – working with partners to support the timely delivery of infrastructure and facilitating sustainable transport.

Valuing our environment and heritage – protecting and enhancing the natural environment and rich heritage and culture offer that makes the borough special, ensuring that development results in biodiversity net gain and that urban areas become greener and more connected.

A borough for all – supporting those most in need whilst setting a framework which is flexible enough to respond to change.

Supporting our economy – supporting our diverse economy to allow businesses to thrive and ensure more businesses make the borough their home.

Issues and Options Consultation Document

The consultation document seeks views on the identified key planning issues and relevant options for the borough. It includes a number of questions for consideration.

PDF document Issues and Options Consultation Document (PDF) [14 Mb]

Word document Issues and Options Consultation Response Form (DOCX) [76 kb]

Local Green Space

Section 9, Question 9(e) of the Issues and Options Consultation Document invites the promotion of land to be considered for adoption as Local Green Space. The corresponding Guidance Note and Submission form are provided below.

PDF document Local Green Space Promotion Guidance Note (PDF) [135 kb]

Word document Local Green Spaces Site Promotion Form (DOCX) [68 kb]

Supporting Documents

In addition to the main Issues and Options Consultation Document, some supporting information has also been published alongside the consultation. Comments are also invited on these supporting documents:

Promoted Sites Document

This lists all sites promoted to the council to date. Inclusion in the SHELAA does not signify council support for future development on sites. Sites will be assessed through the Local Plan Update process, with suitable sites being allocated in a draft plan. The council has not yet published a draft plan (due end of 2021).

PDF document Promoted Sites Document (PDF) [562 kb]

Settlement Study (Part 1)

This considers the relative sustainability of settlements in the borough, enabling them to be placed in a sustainability category. The study will help to determine suitable levels of growth for each settlement. Questions on the outcomes of the study are contained in the main consultation document.

PDF document Settlement Study (Part 1) (PDF) [547 kb]

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

The SA Scoping Report has been prepared as part of the Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment) process for the Local Plan Update, and forms part of the Plan’s evidence base.

PDF document Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (PDF) [6 Mb]

PDF document Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report - Appendix 1 (PDF) [276 kb]

Site Assessment Methodology

This outlines the proposed methodology for assessing potential development sites and the process for selecting sites considered suitable for allocation in the Local Plan Update.

PDF document Site Assessment Methodology Report (PDF) [505 kb]

How to comment

Comments can be made until 4pm on Monday 9 November 2020. Representations on the main Issues and Options Consultation Document can be submitted using an electronic form on the council’s online consultation portal. All submissions will be made public.

We encourage customers to use the online consultation portal, however, a response form can be downloaded from the council’s website and returned via email or post:

Email to:
Post to: Planning Policy Team
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Civic Offices
London Road
RG21 4AH

To comment on the Supporting Documents please send representations via email or post to the above addresses.

To request hard copies please phone our contact centre on 01256 844844.

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