Lindford, Hampshire, UK
The site lies on the northern edge of the village of Lindford, in East Hampshire. It extends to just under 2.5 hectares of open countryside. The village lies approximately 1 mile north of Boden, 7 miles east of Alton and 8-10 miles south of the larger towns of Farnham and Aldershot. The village has good highway connections, with the A325 providing access to the A31 to the north and the A3 to the south. The nearest railway station is in the town of Liphock, approximately 4 miles to the south east of the village.
The village of Lindford is home to around 2,700 residents. It is part of a collection of several small settlements inkling Borden, Headley and Whitehill. It has a range of services including a local shop, post office, dentist, hairdresser, church and village hall.
The site lies north of an existing residential area, with mature woodland to the north east and west. The site boundary is defied by the River Wey. The site appears to be free from any major physical constraints aside from an area of mature planting which bisects the site.
Our Planning Department Comments
- The vast majority of the site lies in Flood Zone 2, this is considered suitable for residential development that would not require compensation land but would require any residential units to be built a certain amount above the flood level. Access to the site will be via the neighbouring residential street. The site is however largely enclosed from the wider landscape and physically would appear to be a logical direction for growth.
- The National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework) sets out the presumption in favour of sustainable development. Paragraphs 14 and 49 in particular dictate that where a plan is out of date policies relating to the supply of housing should be considered out of date. In this case, given the recent appeal decision (ref APP/M1710/2226723) which concluded that East Hampshire does not have a deliverable five year land supply in place, the Core Strategy should be considered out of date, with a presumption in favour of sustainable development. The Council has not published an updated land supply report since the appeal decision, but given the defence of their position at the inquiry and the request to submit additional information to the Inspector, it is likely that they would still try to maintain they have a robust land supply position.
- Overall, the site is in an area identified for significant local growth. There can be no argument that in sustainability terms the site is in a good location with access to jobs, services and the wider transport network.
Latest Planning Update
As the July planning update described, our site remains under assessment for its development potential with particular focus on its capacity to accommodate a high value care home, specifically within the Dementia Care sector.
We are hoping for some clarity on a timeline for the balance of the assessment by the end of September but, aside from a further site visit having been conducted by the LPA, it has been advised that no further clarity will be provided before year end. Whilst we await this information we continue to:
Work constraining issues raised by the LPA through their site visits, most specifically through access.
Engage with independent Care home Providers.
We expect that there should be some further clarity on timescales by end of January 2020.