Planning

From July 2020 all planning applications for Highclere are now published in our regular newsletter sent to members. Those listed on this page are just a selection. Read this article about the work of our planning committee in our news section.

Major Development Application

An outline planning application has been made for up to 26 houses on land at Westridge behind Rutherford Close. This is the same land where an application for 50 homes was refused in 2016. Although smaller in scale the Society believes that such a development (which would be the largest single development ever in the village) is out of scale and detrimental to the local character. We have submitted a strong objection and 225 residents have done the same. We now await the decision. Details of this application are on the council's planning portal. See the link in the list below.

Planning Update

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.

Developing a Neighbourhood Plan - Since summer of 2018 work has started on developing a neighbourhood plan which is a way for villagers to have a stronger influence on how their neighbourhood develops in future. An update on the progress will be found in our news section.

Slowing Flow of Applications - 2017 was a bumper year with some 50 applications. Since then the flow of new applications has been more subdued. Most now are for home extensions and improvements, changes to conditions on approved applications, lopping protected trees and change of use, particularly of redundant agricultural buildings. Recently there have been several retrospective applications for fences to replace hedges on street-facing boundaries. This is something that is opposed by many villagers (as expressed at the recent Neighbourhood Plan Open Day) since hedges are a valued feature of the village. The Society has objected to these and continues to monitor all 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. At that time it demonstrated a 5-year housing supply for the Borough and should protect unacceptable development in the village. However this is now open to question and there is an ongoing process to review the local plan. See BDBC Adopted Local Plan pages and BDBC Local Plan Update.

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 validation 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.

Please note: Due to changes at the Council's website in 2017, earlier links below no longer work. However, the plan numbers have not changed, so use them when logging into the planning portal.

Location Status Description (current application or decision) App. No.
Pitt House
Mount Road
Consultation
12/04/2021
Erection of detached and car port in garden of existing house with new access from the Andover Road. 21/01283/FUL
Grantham/Crawley House
Andover Road
Consultation
12/04/2021
Application for certificate of lawfulness for close board fencing along west boundary of properties, inside boundary line on the A343 highway. This follows two retrospective applications which were refused by the Development Control Committee. 21/01280/LDEO
Mount Meadow
Pantings Lane
Consultation
6/04/2021
Erection of a new three bedroom house with double garage to replace existing unused barn. 21/01210/FUL
Hylands
Mount Road
Consultation
17/02/2021
A revised application to 20/02042/HSE (see bleow) which was refused. This one is more modest in scale and converts loft into living accommodation with dormer windows in the roof. 21/00575/HSE
Hawkley Cottage
Highclere Street
Consultation
8/02/2021/2020
Conversion of existing garage to games room / home office. 21/00465/HSE
Land at Falkland Farm Consultation
22/12/2020
Outline planning application for the erection of 5 dwellings. The existing site is used for caravan storage. 20/03577/OUT
Land at Westridge Consultation
16/12/2020
Outline planning application for the erection of 26 dwellings, including affordable housing, with associated public open space and landscaping, together with means of access from the A343. 20/03524/OUT
Yew Tree Farmhouse
Penwood
Consultation
23/10/2020
Outline application for the erection of one dwelling and associated access to be included. 20/02950/OUT
Hylands
Mount Road
Refused
10/12/2020
Conversion of a bungalow to a house by erection of two storey front, side and rear extension to include raising of the roof and a new accesss. Refused due to size, scale, bulk, massing and design. 20/02042/HSE
White Oak House
Highclere Park
Granted
06/01/2021
Extension to east of main house to provide new gym and internal swimming pool and wine cellar. Minor works to the central part of main house to create new family room. Erection of an external ancillary building to the external pool providing changing, storage and amenity facilities 20/01910/HSE
Pirates Cottage
Tubbs Lane
Granted
10/12/2020
Technical Details Consent for the demolition of existing garage, and erection of 1 no. dwelling with associated access, parking and landscaping (following approval of 19/02872/PIP). Approvied with 18 conditions covering aspect such as access, construction, materials, landscape etc. 20/01664/TDC
Griffons Court
Mount Close
Granted
18/01/2021
Application for Permission in Principle for residential development of a minimum of 1 no. dwelling and a maximum of 3 no. dwellings. For final approval the applicant must now apply for Technical Details Consent. 20/01418/PIP
Grantham/Crawley House
Andover Road
Refused
09/09/2020
Relocation of close board fencing along west boundary of properties, inside boundary line on the A343 highway, to include entrance gates (Retrospective). Rejected by Development Control Committee. 20/00679/RET
Land at
Westridge
Granted
09/09/2020
Outline planning permission for 2x4 bed houses, 1x3 bed house and 2x2 Bed houses on former piggery site. Granted by Development Control Committee 20/00370/OUT
Cedarwood
Wash Water
Granted
23/03/2020
Conversion of garage to living accommodation; installation of outside swimming pool 20/00137/HSE
Vine Farm
Penwood Drove
Granted
29/01/2020
Demolition of stables and erection of 3-bedroom bungalow. 19/03210/FUL
Land at Kenmare
Fox's Lane, Penwood
Granted
28/02/2020
Erection of 3-bedroom chalet bungalow with associated garage and access. 16 conditions - many to ensure safety on the local highway. 19/02999/FUL
Pirates Cottage
Tubbs Lane
Granted
12/12/2019
Application for Permission in Principle for one dwelling following demolition of existing garage. Permission in Principle granted but Technical Details must be submitted withon one year 19/02872/PIP
Land at Kenmare
Fox's Lane, Penwood
Withdrawn
14/10/2019
Erection of 4-bedroom infill dwelling with associated parking and amenity space. See updated application above. 19/02274/FUL
April Cottage
Pantings Lane
Consultation
01/10/2019
Erection of 1.6 m boundary fence (Retrospective) 19/02706/RET
High Garden
Pantings Lane
Granted
18/12/2019
Erection of 1.8m high close boarded timber fence to replace existing post and rail timber fence and 2.02m timber gates (retrospective) 19/02405/RET
Thorngrove School
Pantings Lane
Granted
11/03/2020
Creation of hardstanding forming exit driveway for Thorngrove School (retrospective). 19/02612/FUL
Falkland Farm
Wash Water
Approval not needed
21/8/2019
Change of use of agricultural building to class B1 (light industrial and office space). 19/01719/GPDAG
Hadley Cottage
Star Lane
Granted
7/6/2019
Erection of single storey rear extension. A condition of approval is that this extension should remain an integral part of the dwelling and shall not be sold off, sub-let or used as a separate unit of accommodation. 19/01042/HSE
Yew Tree Farmhouse
Penwood Drove
Granted
29/5/2019
Erection of two storey side extension, internal remodelling and porch addition/alterations. 19/00949/HSE
Barn at Marsden Cottage
Andover Road
Granted
3/4/2019
Change of use to residential and erection of detached garage and car port. Note - this is adjacent to the approved barn conversion 17/02517/FUL (see below). 19/00320/FUL
Cherry Tree Farm
Horris Hill
Granted
13/2/2019
Change of use from equestrian to residential; converting some of the stables to ancillary accommodation (office, games room etc.). 18/03557/FUL
Glencross
Mount Road
Granted
13/2/2019
Amalgamation of the two existing dwellings, 'Glencross' and 'Glencross Annexe' with extensions to make a five bedroom dwelling. Also the erection of an additional four bedroom dwelling. Approved subject to many conditions, including construction vehilce access and survey for possible land contamination (it was formerly the location of a brickworks). 19/00084/FUL
Oakley Farm
Wash Water
Granted
23/10/2018
Erection of a steel framed agricultural building and new hard standing turning 18/02530/FUL
Heatherworld
Deadmoor Lane
Granted
30/11/2018
Change of use to residential and equestion. Construction of menage with 8 floodlights (retrospective). Conditions of approval include baffles on floodlights and an Ecological Design Strategy to address bio-diversity compensation measures. 18/02120/RET
Thorngrove School Withdrawn
6/6/2019
First lodged 9/7/2018. Provision of new access from Mount Road. 18/01917/FUL
4 The Rookery Granted
2/8/2018
Erection of single storey rear and side extensions. 18/01807/HSE
Glencross Annexe
Mount Road
Granted
29/8/2018
Application for lawful use of a building as a single dwelling house. 18/01781/LDEV
42 Woodlands
Penwood
Granted
11/10/2018
Change of use from takeaway to a 2 bed maisonette. Also external stairway to first floor flat. 18/01484/FUL
The Coach House
Andover Road
Granted
25/6/2018
Erection of two storey side extension, new garage and access following demolition of existing garage. 18/01183/HSE
Hillside Farm
Andover Road
Refused
23/5/2018
Installation of five 6m light columns around menage. Reason for refusual were "visual intrusion into the landscape" and "light pollution". 18/00696/RET
Brookfields House
Westridge
Granted
6/4/2018
Variation of condition nos. 1, 3, 4 and 7 of 17/03168/FUL to retain the pool and alter the proposed dwelling. Conditions concerning construction methods and timings of deliveries and work. 18/00527/ROC
2 Highclere Street Granted
13/4/2018
Erection of single storey rear extension. 18/00368/HSE
Springfield
Andover Road
Granted
27/4/2018
Erection of two storey side extension. 18/00270/HSE
42 Woodlands
Penwood
Withdrawn
22/3/2018
Change of use from a takeaway and shop to a 4 bed maisonette with some window changes. See reised application above. 18/00200/FUL
The Shieling
Westridge
Granted
23/02/2017
Erection of single storey side extension following demolition of existing porch. Erection of double garage and carport with covered link way following demolition of existing garage. 17/4287/HSE
Brookfields
Westridge
Granted
7/12/2017
Erection of a detached dwelling following demolition of Physiotherapy Clinic building 17/03618/FUL
Fernecoates
Westridge
Granted
9/2/2018
Erection of replacement dwelling and associated works. Alterations to access and residential curtilage - amendment to approved scheme 16/03845/FUL. 17/03555/FUL
Marsden Cottage
Andover Road
Granted
20/10/2017
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'. Granted with conditions, including landscaping and construction details. 17/02517/FUL
Pitt House
Mount Road
Withdrawn
30/11/2017
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

For 2016 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).