Planning

The Society has a small planning subcommittee that reviews planning applications as they are received from Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council (BDBC) and feeds back any comments. Many plans, such as for house extensions, receive no comment. The Society focusses its comments on plans which deviate from the Village Design Statement or are large and out of character with their surroundings. Scroll down to view recent planning applications.

Latest Planning News

Increased Flow of Applications - In the first 9 months of 2017 there have been 36 applications. Some are just for trimming trees that have TPOs. Most are for home extensions and improvements, but several are for conversions of farm buildings and outbuildings into dwellings. The Society continues to monitor applications and comment where appropriate - scroll down to planning applications.

The Local Plan for Basingstoke & Deane Council was formally adopted at the full Council meeting on 26th May 2016. It demonstrates a 5-year housing supply for the Borough and should protect unacceptable development in the village. See BDBC Local Plan pages.

The application for a development of around 50 houses at Westridge has been refused. Exhibitions were held on Monday 14th December and Thursday 11th February seeking views from the public. 92% objected. The Society engaged a professional planning consultant and objected along with 130 other objectors. Details and full documentation of the application (16/00581/OUT) can be seen at this page on the Council's planning portal.

Overview of Planning Activities

As well as regularly reviewing new planning applications the sub-committee responds to relevant consultations. Some key activities in which the Society will or has participated include:

Planning Applications

The following are a selection of current and recently decided planning applications that may be of interest to Society members. The date shown is either that of initial registration or that of the decision. 'Pending' means that the consultation period is over and that the planning officer and/or committee are in the process of making a decision. Extracts in quotation marks are taken directly from planning officers' reports. Inclusion in this list does not necessarily mean that the Society submitted comments on it.

To view all current planning applications for our parish, go to the council's planning portal.

Location Status Description (current application or decision) App. No.
Marsden Cottage
Andover Road
Consultation
20/7/2017
Conversion of barn to dwelling. A previous application was refused (see below). This simplified proposal uses more of the existing structure, rather than being a 'substantial rebuild'. 17/02517/FUL
Pitt House
Mount Road
Pending
20/6/2017
Change of use from existing oubuilding to ancillary guest accommodation with associated works. 17/02165/HSE
Westwood
Westridge
Granted
14/8/2017
A two storey extension that significantly extends the footprint. "However the plot is substantial and accommodate an extension of this size comfortably." 17/02044/HSE
April Cottage
Pantings Lane
Granted
18/7/2017
A two storey side extension following demolition of existing conservatory. 17/01879/HSE
Oakley Farm
Andover Road
Granted
4/7/2017
Demolition of derelict lean-to and replacement with six 6.1m long shipping containers for self storage. Change of use from Agricultural to B8. Conditions re usage limited self-storage with time restrictions. A subsequent application (17/02525/FUL approved) proposed some reconfiguration of the site to accommodate a turning area. 17/01674/FUL
Woodbine Cottage
Andover Road
Granted
4/8/2017
Extension of a 2-bedroom dwelling to 4-bedrooms, involving erection of two storey side, single storey rear and first floor rear extensions and construction of pitched roof over existing flat roof. 17/01477/HSE
5 Four Oaks Granted
17/5/2017
Addition of single storey rear extension to dwelling, garage conversion to living room and new detached double garage. 17/01060/HSE
Honeyway Cottage
Tubbs Lane
Granted
20/6/2017
Conversion of a bungalow to a 4-bedroom house. Involves extensions to south and west of property, addition of a second storey and conversion of garage to games room. 17/00869/HSE
Westridge Studio
Andover Road
Granted
13/9/2017
This is studio donated as a legacy to the village by "DR". Erection of two storey extension, creation of external stairs and parking area for 20 vehicles. "These alterations would not degrade its architectural or historic character and would allow its social function to be enhanced." 17/00867/FUL
Woodedge Farm
Washwater
Granted
4/7/2017
Erection of 3-bedroom worker's bungalow. "Proposed dwelling would be acceptable when viewed in a group context" (i.e. other farm buildings). 14 conditions including landscaping, construction methods, contanimation checks etc. 17/00864/FUL
Honeysuckle Cottage
9 Moorhouse Road
Highclere Castle
Granted
17/5/2017
Change of use of existing redundant buildings to form a single dwelling including the erection of replacement side extension and alterations to windows and doors and internal alterations. A major renovation that "would in general enhance this disused building". 17/00525/LBC
Wychwood
Andover Road
Wash Water
Granted
5/4/2017
Erection of 2 bay garage 17/00465/FUL
Marsden Cottage
Andover Road
Refused
17/3/2017
Proposed conversion of redundant barn to a dwelling. Although the same footprint the proposal "would fail to lead to an enhancement of the immediate setting" and "would adversely impact and erode the rural character of the area". 17/00208/FUL
Crowshott Park Farm
Hollington Lane
Granted
23/3/2017
Erection of a 5 bedroom house, garages, stabling and new access following demolition of farm and stable buildings. Larger and taller than an earlier approved application for a 4-bedroom house. Objections from AONB and landscape officer over-ruled. 17/00138/FUL
Kenmare
Foxs Lane
Penwood
Refused
3/2/2017
Erection of a 3-bedroom house, garage and new access. This is essentially infilling between two properties, but the site is outside the settlement area and within an AONB, and was refused on grounds of "no exceptional cirumstances that would justify a departure from the Development Plan". 16/04200/FUL
Brookfields
Westridge
Granted
24/01/2017
Demolition of Physiotherapy Clinic building and erection of a deatched single storey 3-bedroom dwelling. 16/04182/FUL
Oak Tree Cottage
Highclere Street
Granted
22/12/2016
Erection of two storey side extension plus further extensions at rear. Demolition of garage and provision of off road parking. Less bulky and better rooflines than the refused scheme (see below, Aug 2016) 16/04129/HSE
Hillside
Andover Road
Granted
11/1/2017
Erection of a three bay storage outbuilding. 16/04095/FUL
Fir Trees
Wash Water
Granted
8/12/2016
First floor extension to form two storey dwelling above existing detached bungalow.Granted with conditions re window glazing. 16/03830/HSE
Fernecotes
Westridge
Granted
23/12/2016
Erection of replacement dwelling. Alterations to access and residential curtilage 16/03845/FUL
The Gable House
Wash Water
Granted
17/2/2017
Erection of a detached three bay garage with room in the roof space, dormer windows and external staircase. 16/03533/HSE
12 Four Oaks Granted
26/10/2016
A revised application regarding this important tree. Reduction of canopy and various laterals. T/00333/16/TPO
2 Arkwright Close Granted
14/11/2016
Conversion of garage to living accommodation, erection of front porch to replace existing and internal alterations 16/03138/HSE
Fir Trees
Andover Road
Withdrawn
27/9/2016
Proposed first floor extension to form two storey dwelling above existing detached bungalow and proposed detached garage / carport /log store. New application submitted 14/10/2016. 16/02901/HSE
33 Woodlands
Penwood Heights
Granted
26/10/2016
Erection of single storey rear/side extension, alterations to existing windows, car hardstanding and drive with dropped curb and enclosure of 1.8 metre high fencing. Granted with conditions regarding access, loading/unloading and controlling dust during construction. 16/02912/HSE
St Anthonys
Andover Road
Granted
27/9/2016
Erection of a two storey side, and single storey rear extension. Condition that site should accommodate parking for 4 vehicles. 16/02811/HSE
Land adjoining The Shieling
Westridge
Granted
19/9/2016
Demolition of former agricultural building and erection of a two storey dwelling with associated detached double garage. This is a 15m x 15m 3-bedroom HUF house which some say is out of character with vernacular architecture of the village, while others applaud its innovative design! Grante4d with many conditions re access, materials etc. 16/02685/FUL
Hillside
Andover Road
Granted
22/8/2016
Erection of three bay storage outbuilding. Replaces and exiting building. Must be used only for purposes incidental to main dwelling and not for any business or commercial enterprise. 16/02265/FUL
12 Four Oaks Refused
29/7/2016
Reduction of crown of oak tree to give more light. This is one of the Four Oaks giving the name to the development. Application refused since "it would adversely affect the form and structure of the tree, reducing its value in the local landscape. The tree is considered too important to justify the proposed work." T/00243/16/TPO
The Old Beer House
Foxs Lane, Penwood
Granted
26/8/2016
Erection of two storey and single storey side and rear extensions with link to annexe. Granted with conditions regarding bat protection measures. 16/2042/HSE
Honeysuckle Cottage
Highclere Park
Withdrawn
14/2/2017
Erection of replacement single storey extension with rooflights and alterations to windows (listed building). 16/2109/LBC
Home Close
Andover Road
Granted
12/7/2016
Replacement garage, rear extension, changes to windows, hipped roofs to replace flat roofs. 16/01715/HSE
Oak Tree Cottage
Highclere Street
Refused
5/8/2016
Erection of two storey side extension plus further extensions at rear. Refused since "cumulative bulk, massing and complexity of rooflines, footprint and scale in relation to the size of the plot would dominate the original dwelling". A subsequent application was approved (Dec 2016) 16/01634/HSE
Briarly Cottage
Pantings Lane
Granted
21/7/2016
Erection of two rear extensions to existing gables including a covered balcony, and external escape staircase. 16/01223/HSE
Blackford Cottage
Andover Road
Granted
18/5/2016
Erection of single and two storey extensions, removal and re-siting of existing conservatory. 16/01036/HSE
Modern Cottage
Penwood Drove
Granted
13/5/2016
A two storey rear extension following demolition of shed and brick store. Granted - It would have no overbearing impact on neighbouring property. 16/00972/HSE
Layton House
Star Lane
Granted
12/5/2016
A single storey oak framed garden room. Granted - its size and scale are not harmful. 16/00935/HSE
Land at Westridge Refused
27/5/2016
Outline planning application for up to 50 houses. This would be the largest single development in Highclere's history. It was vigorously opposed by the Society and over 130 objectors. Refused - see news. 16/00581/OUT
Hillside Farm
Andover Road
Granted
24/03/2016
Various extensions and alterations of existing dwelling including raising of the roof to create a 2 storey dwelling. 13/02738/HSE
Woodedge Farm
Wash Water
Granted
2/11/2016
Outline planning application for a permanent 3-bed agricultural worker's dwelling.Whereas an earlier application was refused, an up to date viability assessment identifies an essential need for an agricultural worker's dwelling. 16/00513/OUT
2 Rutherford Close Granted
15/4/2016
Change of use of land to residential. This encloses a section of front lawn with a 1.8m high fence. The enquiry letter states that a proposed single storey extension is permitted development. 16/00448/FUL
Roselee
Tubbs Lane
Granted
1/1/2016
Erection of double garage and weatherboard. Relocation of existing oil tank and additional hardstanding to provide additional vehicle turning and parking space. 16/00404/HSE
Pitt House
Mount Road
Granted
16/2/2016
Replacement of existing single storey garden room. 15/04493/HSE
Briarly Cottage
Pantings Lane
Granted
4/4/2016
Construction of track to rear of Briarly Cottage and The Croft for access and loading of horses. This affects an existing Right of Way (footpath to Hollington) 15/04408/FUL
Sandleford Park
Newbury
Pending
26/11/2015
Outline plan for 2,000 new homes with full plan for phase 1. This is a West Berkshire application that will affect traffic going from Highclere into Newbury. There is also a second application 16/00196/OUTMAJ. Concerns remain about traffic and a decision has been deferred until later in 2017. 15/02300/OUTMAJ
Top Farm
Highclere Street
Granted
27/1/2016
Creation of utility/boot room through loss of existing open car port parking space. Alterations at ground floor. 15/04067/LBC
Highclere Castle Granted
12/1/2016
Re-ordering of existing public toilets to accommodate extended shop (within existing footprint of the stable block). 15/03905/LBC
April Cottage
Pantings Lane
Granted
7/12/2015
Single storey extension and shed following demolition of existing garage. Various conditions re garage and storage on site to prevent obstruction of the lane. 15/03601/HSE
67 Penwood Heights Granted
4/12/2015
Erection of two storey rear extension. 15/03574/HSE
Horris Hill Farm Granted
1/12/2016
New outbuilding to replace historic barn destroyed by fire. Needs a tree protection plan before development commences. 15/03487/FUL
Glebe
Deadmore Lane
Newtown
Granted
18/1/2016
Demolition and replacement of existing dwelling house. Also new ancillary accommodation. 15/03334/FUL
Crowshott Park Farm
Hollington Lane
Granted
24/5/2015
Demolition of farm and stable buildings. Erection of 5-bedroom house. This was granted after going to committee. It is in the AONB but would tidy up a site with dilapidated farm buildings. 15/03119/FUL
Chestnuts
Wash Water
Granted
3/2/2016
The third application for this site (Curridge Car Sales). Demolition of workshop and building four houses. Many conditions apply, e.g. on mitigation measures for the occupants from road noise. 15/02885/FUL
5 Mount Close Granted
28/9/2015
Conversion of garage to living space. Erection of new detached double garage. 15/02712/HSE
Rose Bank
Andover Road
Granted
23/9/2015
Erection of two storey side extension. 15/02615/HSE
Mount House
Tubbs Lane
Granted
21/8/2015
Refurbishment of former stables (part retrospective). Considered of appropriate scale for the site. No windows to overlook adjacent property. 15/02237/HSE
Crimble Cottage
Tubbs Lane
Granted
20/8/2015
Erection of single storey rear and side extensions following demolition of existing side extension. 15/02063/HSE
Kinnersley House
Westridge
Granted
4/8/2015
Erection of stable block comprising four stables, tack room and feed/hay store. Granted with conditions, e.g. not used for business purposes 15/01881/FUL
Hadley
Star Lane
Granted
14/8/2015
Erection of detached three bedroom house. 17 conditions including adherence to measures to protect surrounds and highway during construction, hours of contruction and deliveries etc. 15/01804/FUL
Horris Farm Granted
29/7/2015
Erection of new ancillary barn to replace historic barn which was recently destroyed by fire. Granted with certain condition including the creation of a tree protection plan. 15/01771/HSE
Mundy Cottage
Star Lane
Granted
4/6/2015
Erection of single and two storey extensions. 15/01166/HSE
Land
Andover Road
Granted
10/2/2016
Application for 2 new houses on open land opposite Rutherford Close, i.e. between Fridays and 3 Flexford Close. Refused by the council in May 2015, this was granted on appeal. 15/00583/HSE
Kinnersley House
Westridge
Granted
7/4/2015
The conversion of part of existing garage into ancillary residential accommodation. Conditions include "must not be, sold, sub-let or used for business" 15/00308/HSE
Hillside
Andover Road
Granted
19/3/2015
Erection of single storey rear extension. Revised plans for approved application 14/03493/HSE (see below) 15/00264/HSE
Strathcona
Wash water
Granted
17/3/2015
Erection of single storey front extension. 15/00201/HSE
Chestnuts
Wash water
Withdrawn
13/2/2015
Application to build 5 houses on Curridge Car Sales site after demolition of existing workshop. This is an updated application showing how revisions address the reasons for refusal on appeal of earlier application 14/01354/FUL (see below). 14/03828/FUL
Hillside
Andover Road
Granted
19/11/2014
Erection of single storey rear extension. 14/03493/HSE
Pinelands
Penwood
Withdrawn
8/12/2014
Erection of prefabricated garage to front of property. 14/03076/HSE
Rosebank
Andover Road
Refused
20/1/2015
Erection of two storey side extension. Refused due to excessive width of extension. 14/03004/HSE

For 2015 and earlier applications go to our planning application archive.

Please note: Comments in quotes are taken directly from the council's decision document and do not necessarily reflect the Society's views. Further details on these plans and decisions can be found at the council's planning application portal. Use the 'Application Quick Search' box and type in the application number shown above. Most numbers are click-sensitive and will route you directly to the application on the Council's website (opens a new browser window)

Village Design Statement

VDS cover A village design statement describes the characteristics of the area appreciated and valued by local people. It provides design guidance for prospective developers and is taken into account when planning applications are decided by the local council.

The Highclere & Penwood Village Design Statement was developed in 2001-2 with full consultation of local people. What villagers value most are:

The design statement elaborates on these, describes the key features of the three main settlements of the parish (Highclere, Highclere Street and Penwood) and provides specific guidance for developers.

The full 24-page statement, including diagrams and photos, can be downloaded here (2.4Mb PDF file).