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Bentworth Parish Neighbourhood Plan

Bentworth Parish Neighbourhood Plan

Many thanks to everyone who attended the Public Meeting on 28th November. We had well over 100 people in the Jubilee Hall, standing room only!

The remarks made by all the speakers will be posted soon on the Parish Council website, so that those who could not attend can bring themselves up to speed. May I remind parishioners that all the key documents, maps and Frequently Asked Questions are on the website in a section covering the Neighbourhood Plan:

Neighbourhood Plan

We need to draw your attention to one error in the material previously made available about the potential sites. East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) had originally informed us that site BTW006a at The Homestead, New Copse was 0.97 hectares in size. Following a question asked at the Public Meeting, EHDC have checked their data and advised us that the size is actually less than half this size at 0.45 hectares. This means that, as with BTW005, it would not be possible to put “about 12 dwellings” onto this site without going above 20 dwellings per hectare. You may wish to take this into account in your Expression of Preferences.

Thank you also to those of you who took the time and trouble to complete the Expression of Preferences forms. We received over 160 forms and have begun our analysis of these.

Anyone who would still like to comment on the draft Vision, Objectives, Policies and Aspirations, please do so by sending an email to:

A copy of the draft, as circulated to the Public Meeting, is below. We will continue to keep you posted on progress.

Bentworth Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee 30th November 2017



The parish of Bentworth, part of which is a Conservation Area, is an oasis of calm, a refuge from the rapid expansion of neighbouring Four Marks and Medstead. It retains its rural character, being surrounded by beautiful countryside of farms and woodlands, with fine trees and hedgerows. There are good views and a number of protected local green spaces. There has been a modest increase in the housing stock, to include some smaller homes. All new homes are varied in style, are sustainable, and are built to the highest possible standards. There are low levels of pollution. The parish has a strong sense of community.


Objective No 1

To respect and conserve the distinctive character of the landscape and the natural and built environment


  1. 1.1 Limit new residential development in the plan period to around a modest 5% of the existing number of dwellings.
  2. 1.2 New development will preserve notable views within and to/from the surrounding countryside.
  3. 1.3 New development will conserve all fine hedges, verges and significant trees; new trees and hedges will be planted to provide replacements and screening as necessary.
  4. 1.4 New dwellings within existing back or front gardens will not normally be permitted.
  5. 1.5 Existing footpaths, bridleways and BOATs will be kept clear, safe, and accessible to the public.
  6. 1.6 New development will protect and enhance biodiversity.
  7. 1.7 Roadside pavements and street lights will not be permitted.
  8. 1.8 New utility conduits will be laid underground.

Objective No 2

To provide a total of about 12 dwellings, spread across one or more sites, to meet the identified needs of the parish, and with the emphasis on the provision of smaller dwellings, to maintain a mixed and sustainable community in the Parish.


  1. 2.1 The total number of new dwellings in the plan period will be about 12.
  2. 2.2 The development will either a) be on a single site of about 12 dwellings or b) be spread across 2 sites of about 6 dwellings.
  3. 2.3 Sites of 11 dwellings or more will comply strictly with EHDC’s current policy CP13 to provide 40% ”affordable housing”, and these will be for people with a local connection to Bentworth Parish.
  4. 2.4 Sites of less than 11 dwellings will be strongly encouraged to provide 40% “affordable housing” to meet demonstrable local needs.
  5. All dwellings on any site will be smaller dwellings( 1, 2 &3 bedrooms).
  6. 2.6 The density of new development will be no greater than 20 dwellings per hectare, the density of the most densely developed part of Bentworth.
  7. 2.7 Any new development will be built within safe and reasonable walking distance of village amenities.

Objective No 3

To incorporate new development seamlessly, respecting the parish’s rural character and the eclectic mix of sizes, styles and designs of its existing buildings.


  1. 3.1 The pattern of new development will reflect the current pattern of development in the Parish, where practical.
  2. 3.2 New buildings will be two storeys or less, and include semi-detached and terraced dwellings with proportionate gaps between the buildings, and with limited uniformity of design and style within each site.
  3. 3.3 New buildings will be of high architectural quality, may including design, materials, fenestration and palette, reflecting the local vernacular.
  4. 3.4 ”Affordable housing” will be integrated with market housing and be indistinguishable in materials and quality of design.
  5. 3.5 New dwellings will be provided with off-road parking spaces and bin storage to EHDC standards, set back from roads and well screened.
  6. 3.6 New commercial development outside existing commercial sites will be not permitted; but conversion of redundant farm buildings to residential or light commercial will normally be supported.

Objective No 4

To conserve areas of green space for use by the community


  1. The parish council will resist development of those green spaces named in thepolicy and shown on the proposals map.
  2. The 5 named green spaces are:

Objective No 5

To minimise pollution and optimise sustainability


  1. 5.1 New development will be provided with long term sustainable sewage treatment and drainage.
  2. 5.2 New dwellings will achieve the lowest level of water consumption with the use of water conservation systems.
  3. 5.3 New dwellings will have an electric charging point for cars.
  4. 5.4 New buildings will maximise energy efficiency and use renewable energy technologies. to be as near carbon-neutral as possible, to achieve the Code for Sustainable Homes level 4 in compliance with the EHDC Policy CP24.


  1. Introduce traffic-calming measures in the ‘core village’, i.e. around the school, at the T-junction with Sun Hill, along Holt End between Denyers Cottage and the Star Inn.
  2. Restrict through traffic of heavy and pollutant vehicles.
  3. Relieve congestion around the village school.
  4. Maintain the Star Inn as a community asset.
  5. Encourage a village shop.

Boyd McCleary

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