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Latest news on the Local Plan update

The council is at the early stages of updating the Local Plan which is a framework for guiding development and planning decisions in the borough until at least 2040. Updating the Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan is a key priority for the Cabinet and work is taking place to introduce a more ambitious planning policy framework to meet the area’s needs.

Council’s Cabinet meeting Tuesday 9 January 2024

At a meeting of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 9 January 2024, councillors will decide if the draft Local Plan Update is ready to move to the next stage, giving residents the chance to have their say on the draft plan through a public consultation.

The report to that meeting is now available to view.

Draft policies for the Local Plan Update

The Local Plan Update includes a number of policies that aim to improve protection for our natural environment, including rivers, place a key focus on regeneration, support local communities and ensure better designed homes are built.

A working group made up of councillors from all groups met twice in September 2023 to provide feedback on the latest draft of the policies. You can view minutes of these meetings below.

Minutes from meetings

PDF document Cross Party Working Group meeting minutes - 12 and 20 September 2023(PDF) [257 kb]

In addition, the Conservative Group provided written comments, which can be viewed below

PDF document Comments from Conservative Group(PDF) [166 kb]

Future housing numbers

Delivering the right amount of housing for the borough is important and the Cabinet has put forward a ‘stepped trajectory’ approach.

This would see the government figure of building 850 homes a year reduced to around 700 a year from 2025 for the first five years of the plan, before stepping up for the remainder of the 20 year Plan period.

You can view a video explaining this proposed approach from Cllr Andy Konieczko on the council’s YouTube channel

Spatial Strategy

The Spatial Strategy of the Local Plan Update sets out where new housing developments should be located. The Spatial Strategy was debated by the council’s Economic, Planning and Housing Committee in September 2023. You can find more information about this meeting, including the latest draft of the Spatial Strategy

Next steps

If approved at Cabinet, the draft Local Plan Update will be published for a six-week borough-wide consultation starting in January 2024.

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