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 Applications

The outline planning application for 26 houses on land at Westridge behind Rutherford Close was been refused at the development committee meeting of 6th October 2021. However, it has now gone to appeal, which was validated on 15th June 2022. There will be an informal hearing this summer. Objections to the original appeal will be forwarded to the inspector, but additional representtion can be made directly to the Inspector via the government's planning appeal portal.

A much larger development is proposed by Bewley Hones for Watermill Bridge - 350 homes at Wash Water, part in Highclere parish and part in East Woodhay. The Society has objected on grounds of flooding, landcape, traffic etc. See the following:

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. Updates on progress will be found in our news section.

Steady Flow of Applications - New applications continue at a rate of between 40-50 a year. While most are for home extensions and improvements, there has been a recent increase in applications for new housing, including three in June 2022. Some are natural infill while others have more incongruous and have been objected to by the Society.

Local Plan Update - The current local plan was formally adopted on 26th May 2016. It is now undegoing an update, that will probably mean that the Borough has to increase the rate of house building and that Highclere, instead of being considered 'countryside' will has a Settlement Policy Boundary.

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.
Leacroft
Mount Road
Consultation
21/06/2022
Conversion of existing single storey annex to a 3-bedroom 2 storey house. 22/01728/FUL
Pink House
Penwood Drove
Consultation
22/06/2022
Erection of 4-bedroom house. 22/01695/FUL
Hillside
Andover Road
Consultation
16/06/2022
Erection of 3-bedroom house. 22/01690/FUL
Leeham
Pantings Lane
Consultation
03/05/2022
Comprehensive renovations including first floor extension and internal alterations. 22/01270/HSE
Griffons Court
Mount Close
Consultation
07/01/2022
Application for Technical Details Consent for two dwellings following approval of 20/01218/PIP. 22/00040/TDC
Watermill Bridge
Wash Water
Consultation
01/11/2021
Hybrid application for up to 350 dwellings and full application for the first phase of 90 dwellings. Outline includes community building, health centrecommunity green space etc. 21/03499/OUT
Clearmeadows
Church Lane
Granted
15/12/2021
Conversion of a barn to create single detached dwelling with associated drainage system and landscaping. 21/02455/FUL
Penwood Lodge
Foxs Lane
Withdrawn
28/06/2021
Erection of new self build dwelling following reconfiguration of host dwelling to provide access. 21/01516/FUL
Keels Barn
Pantings Lane
Granted
14/01/2022
Significant alterations to increase first floor accommodation; replacement garage, garden store, home office; new barn. 21/02737/HSE
Glencross
Mount Road
Granted
06/10/2021
Erection of side extension to existing house. There is already an approval for an extension at the back. This proposal is larger and more prominent. Granted at committee. 21/01296/FUL
Pitt House
Mount Road
Granted
11/03/2022
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
Refused
14/07/2021
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. Enforcement action. 21/01280/LDEO
Mount Meadow
Pantings Lane
Granted
11/03/2022
Erection of a new three bedroom house with double garage to replace existing unused barn. 21/01210/FUL
Hylands
Mount Road
Granted
20/05/2021
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
Granted
29/03/2021
Conversion of existing garage to games room / home office. Conditons include not using it as separate accommodation, no occupation until at least 4 car parking spaces created. 21/00465/HSE
Land at Falkland Farm Appeal in progress
24/06/2022
Outline planning application for the erection of 5 dwellings. The existing site is used for caravan storage. Refused at committee 6/10/21. Appeal No. 3291993. 20/03577/OUT
Land at Westridge Refused
06/10/2021
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. Refused at committee due to landscape and character impact. 20/03524/OUT
Yew Tree Farmhouse
Penwood
Granted
17/03/2021
Outline application for the erection of one dwelling and associated access to be included. 18 conditions including those related to demolition, construction, drainage and biodiversity 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

For 2018 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).