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

Developing a Neighbourhood Plan - Over the summer of 2018 Highclere Parish Council voted to develop a neighbourhood plan which is a way for villagers to have a stronger influence on how their neighbourhood develops in future. The Highclere Society is actively supporting this initiative with representation on the main steering committee. The committee is now seeking additional volunteers. Read the poster on how you can help.

Steady Flow of Applications - Following a bumper 2017 with some 50 applications, the flow of new applications in 2018 is now more subdued. Most now are for home extensions and improvements, or changes to conditions on approved applications. 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.

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.
Oakley Farm
Wash Water
Consultation
28/8/2018
Erection of a steel framed agricultural building and new hard standing turning 18/02530/FUL
Heatherworld
Deadmoor Lane
Consultation
5/10/2018
Change of use to residential and equestion. Construction of menage with 8 floodlights (retrospective) 18/02120/RET
Thorngrove School Consultation
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).