26 April 2017
Today Hart Draft Local Plan 2011 – 2032 has been released for consultation between 26 April until 5pm on June 9th.
We are pleased that Murrell Green has been chosen as the location for a New Settlement in Hart.
Lightwood were aware that a New Settlement had been promoted in a village known as Winchfield by a housebuilder for a number of years. The proposed scheme had received considerable local opposition due to the effect it would have on landscape , listed buildings and a Special Site of Scientific Interest.
Lightwood decided to carry out an area wide Landscape Visual Impact Appraisal to find out if any locations in the area would have less visual impact with better local transport connections. Murrell Green was the result.
The New Settlement at Murrell Green is located between Hook and Hartley Wintney with access provided South of the A30. There will be green open spaces either side of the new settlement to stop coalescence, linking in with Bassett’s Mead Country Park to the West. There is already a number of public paths throughout the location linking the green areas and on to Winchfield train station.
Over the last few years secondary school provision in Hart has been under pressure. Secondary schools have been extended with further extensions planned in the near future. There is now limited areas for secondary school growth. As part of the criteria for the New Settlement we looked at the provision of a site for a new secondary school. Due to the central location and local accessibility Murrell Green is the right location. A primary school and early years provision will also be included.
Lightwood look forward to working with the community in the future moulding the New Settlement.