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

The Local Plan for Basingstoke & Deane Council has been 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.

The application for a development of around 50 houses at Westridge has been refused. Exhibitions were held on Monday 14th December and Thursday 11th February seeking views from the public. 92% objected. The Society engaged a professional planning consultant and objected along with 130 other objectors. Details and full documentation of the application (16/00581/OUT) can be seen at this page on the Council's planning portal.

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

This summer (2016) has seen a surge in planning applications - many for extensions, others for replacement buildings. As one such applicant remarked: " why move and pay the government an extortionate amount of stamp duty, when you can extend and stay in such a wonderful village"!

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 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. 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.

Location Status Description (current application or decision) App. No.
Fir Trees
Andover Road
Consultation
9/8/2016
Proposed first floor extension to form two storey dwelling above existing detached bungalow and proposed detached garage / carport /log store 16/02901/HSE
33 Woodlands
Penwood Heights
Consultation
8/8/2016
Erection of single storey rear/side extension, alterations to existing windows, car hardstanding and drive with dropped curb and enclosure of 1.8 metre high fencing. 16/02912/HSE
St Anthonys
Andover Road
Consultation
1/8/2016
Erection of a two storey side, and single storey rear extension. 16/02811/HSE
Land adjoining The Shieling
Westridge
Consultation
25/7/2016
Demolition of former agricultural building and erection of a two storey dwelling with associated detached double garage. This is a 15m x 15m 3-bedroom HUF house which some say is out of character with vernacular architecture of the village, while others applaud its innovative design! 16/02685/FUL
Hillside
Andover Road
Granted
22/8/2016
Erection of three bay storage outbuilding. Replaces and exiting building. Must be used only for purposes incidental to main dwelling and not for any business or commercial enterprise. 16/02265/FUL
12 Four Oaks Refused
29/7/2016
Reduction of crown of oak tree to give more light. This is one of the Four Oaks giving the name to the development. Application refused since "it would adversely affect the form and structure of the tree, reducing its value in the local landscape. The tree is conisdered too important to justify the proposed work." T/00243/16/TPO
The Old Beer House
Foxs Lane, Penwood
Granted
26/8/2016
Erection of two storey and single storey side and rear extensions with link to annexe. Granted with conditions regarding bat protection measures. 16/2042/HSE
Honeysuckle Cottage
Highclere Park
Pending
10/6/2016
Erection of replacement single storey extension with rooflights and alterations to windows (listed building). 16/2109/LBC
Home Close
Andover Road
Granted
12/7/2016
Replacement garage, rear extension, changes to windows, hipped roofs to replace flat roofs. 16/01715/HSE
Oak Tree Cottage
Highclere Street
Refused
5/8/2016
Erection of two storey side extension plus further extensions at rear. Refused since "cumulative bulk, massing and complexity of rooflines, footprint and scale in relation to the size of the plot would dominate the original dwelling". 16/01634/HSE
Briarly Cottage
Pantings Lane
Granted
21/7/2016
Erection of two rear extensions to existing gables including a covered balcony, and external escape staircase. 16/01223/HSE
Blackford Cottage
Andover Road
Granted
18/5/2016
Erection of single and two storey extensions, removal and re-siting of existing conservatory. 16/01036/HSE
Modern Cottage
Penwood Drove
Granted
13/5/2016
A two storey rear extension following demolition of shed and brick store. Granted - It would have no overbearing impact on neighbouring property. 16/00972/HSE
Layton House
Star Lane
Granted
12/5/2016
A single storey oak framed garden room. Granted - its size and scale are not harmful. 16/00935/HSE
Land at Westridge Refused
27/5/2016
Outline planning application for up to 50 houses. This would be the largest single development in Highclere's history. It was vigorously opposed by the Society and over 130 objectors. Refused - see news. 16/00581/OUT
Woodedge Farm
Wash Water
Consultation
16/2/2016
Outline planning application for a permanent 3-bed agricultural worker's dwelling. 16/00513/OUT
2 Rutherford Close Granted
15/4/2016
Change of use of land to residential. This encloses a section of front lawn with a 1.8m high fence. The enquiry letter states that a proposed single storey extension is permitted development. 16/00448/FUL
Roselee
Tubbs Lane
Granted
1/1/2016
Erection of double garage and weatherboard. Relocation of existing oil tank and additional hardstanding to provide additional vehicle turning and parking space. 16/00404/HSE
Pitt House
Mount Road
Granted
16/2/2016
Replacement of existing single storey garden room. 15/04493/HSE
Briarly Cottage
Pantings Lane
Granted
4/4/2016
Construction of track to rear of Briarly Cottage and The Croft for access and loading of horses. This affects an existing Right of Way (footpath to Hollington) 15/04408/FUL
Sandleford Park
Newbury
Pending
26/11/2015
Outline plan for 2,000 new homes with full plan for phase 1. This is a West Berkshire application that will affect traffic going from Highclere into Newbury. There is also a second application 16/00196/OUTMAJ. Extension of decision until 30 September 2016 due to traffic modelling concerns. 15/02300/OUTMAJ
Top Farm
Highclere Street
Granted
27/1/2016
Creation of utility/boot room through loss of existing open car port parking space. Alterations at ground floor. 15/04067/LBC
Highclere Castle Granted
12/1/2016
Re-ordering of existing public toilets to accommodate extended shop (within existing footprint of the stable block). 15/03905/LBC
April Cottage
Pantings Lane
Granted
7/12/2015
Single storey extension and shed following demolition of existing garage. Various conditions re garage and storage on site to prevent obstruction of the lane. 15/03601/HSE
67 Penwood Heights Granted
4/12/2015
Erection of two storey rear extension. 15/03574/HSE
Horris Hill Farm Granted
1/12/2016
New outbuilding to replace historic barn destroyed by fire. Needs a tree protection plan before development commences. 15/03487/FUL
Glebe
Deadmore Lane
Newtown
Granted
18/1/2016
Demolition and replacement of existing dwelling house. Also new ancillary accommodation. 15/03334/FUL
Crowshott Park Farm
Hollington Lane
Granted
24/5/2015
Demolition of farm and stable buildings. Erection of 5-bedroom house. This was granted after going to committee. It is in the AONB but would tidy up a site with dilapidated farm buildings. 15/03119/FUL
Chestnuts
Wash Water
Granted
3/2/2016
The third application for this site (Curridge Car Sales). Demolition of workshop and building four houses. Many conditions apply, e.g. on mitigation measures for the occupants from road noise. 15/02885/FUL
5 Mount Close Granted
28/9/2015
Conversion of garage to living space. Erection of new detached double garage. 15/02712/HSE
Rose Bank
Andover Road
Granted
23/9/2015
Erection of two storey side extension. 15/02615/HSE
Mount House
Tubbs Lane
Granted
21/8/2015
Refurbishment of former stables (part retrospective). Considered of appropriate scale for the site. No windows to overlook adjacent property. 15/02237/HSE
Crimble Cottage
Tubbs Lane
Granted
20/8/2015
Erection of single storey rear and side extensions following demolition of existing side extension. 15/02063/HSE
Kinnersley House
Westridge
Granted
4/8/2015
Erection of stable block comprising four stables, tack room and feed/hay store. Granted with conditions, e.g. not used for business purposes 15/01881/FUL
Hadley
Star Lane
Granted
14/8/2015
Erection of detached three bedroom house. 17 conditions including adherence to measures to protect surrounds and highway during construction, hours of contruction and deliveries etc. 15/01804/FUL
Horris Farm Granted
29/7/2015
Erection of new ancillary barn to replace historic barn which was recently destroyed by fire. Granted with certain condition including the creation of a tree protection plan. 15/01771/HSE
Mundy Cottage
Star Lane
Granted
4/6/2015
Erection of single and two storey extensions. 15/01166/HSE
Land
Andover Road
Granted
10/2/2016
Application for 2 new houses on open land opposite Rutherford Close, i.e. between Fridays and 3 Flexford Close. Refused by the council in May 2015, this was granted on appeal. 15/00583/HSE
Kinnersley House
Westridge
Granted
7/4/2015
The conversion of part of existing garage into ancillary residential accommodation. Conditions include "must not be, sold, sub-let or used for business" 15/00308/HSE
Hillside
Andover Road
Granted
19/3/2015
Erection of single storey rear extension. Revised plans for approved application 14/03493/HSE (see below) 15/00264/HSE
Strathcona
Wash water
Granted
17/3/2015
Erection of single storey front extension. 15/00201/HSE
Chestnuts
Wash water
Withdrawn
13/2/2015
Application to build 5 houses on Curridge Car Sales site after demolition of existing workshop. This is an updated application showing how revisions address the reasons for refusal on appeal of earlier application 14/01354/FUL (see below). 14/03828/FUL
Hillside
Andover Road
Granted
19/11/2014
Erection of single storey rear extension. 14/03493/HSE
Pinelands
Penwood
Withdrawn
8/12/2014
Erection of prefabricated garage to front of property. 14/03076/HSE
Rosebank
Andover Road
Refused
20/1/2015
Erection of two storey side extension. Refused due to excessive width of extension. 14/03004/HSE
Springfield
Andover Road
Granted
12/12/2014
Retrospective application. External alterations to a detached outbuilding. Conversion of garage to living accommodation. 14/02787/RET
Keels Barn
Pantings Lane
Granted
10/11/2014
Erection of detatched orangery (6m x 4m) within the rear garden. 14/02571/HSE
The Paddocks
Tubbs Lane
Granted
3/10/2014
Erection of first floor side extension, new windows, rooflights, Juliet balcony, changes to garage. 14/02373/HSE
Woodlands & Heathlands
Penwood
Decision
12/8/2014
A screening application by Highclere Parish Council for a residential development of 15-30 new dwellings and community facilities. Decision: "It is recommended that an Environment Impact Assessment is not required". 14/02328/ENSC
Mount Farm
Pantings Lane
Granted
19/9/2014
Erection of single storey front, side and rear extensions and associated works. The 2nd of two approvals for this site, but will both be implemented or just this one? 14/02179/HSE
Crondall Cottage
Andover Road
Granted
3/9/2014
Erection of two storey front extension following demolition of lean-to side extension. Alterations to existing garage and erection of new car port. Officer's report cites visual improvement and more in keeping with the character dwelling. 14/02019/HSE
Little Orchard
Pantings Lane
Granted
1/8/2014
Erection of front, side and rear extension and conversion of loft - this updates two earlier approved applications, most recently 13/02411. Condition imposed include requiring contractors' parking on site. 14/01524/HSE
Falkland Farm
Andover Road
Granted
7/8/2014
Erection of steel framed building for B1 Use as light workshop and storage workshop following demolition of timber building. Various conditions imposed including restrictions on opening hours. 14/01499/FUL
Curridge Car Sales
Wash Water
Refused
8/8/2014
Demolition of workshop and construction of 5 new dwellings. Refused since this would be an overdevelopment of this prominent site and outside the designated Settlement Policy Boundary. An appeal was dismissed on 8/12/14. 14/01354/FUL
Yew Tree Inn
Andover Road
Granted
30/4/2014
Change of land use to create a garden at the rear for use associated with the pub. Granted despite objections from the parish council. Many conditions imposed to mitigate objections. 14/01078/FUL
Wickets
Tubbs Lane
Granted
5/6/2014
Erection of detached double garage. Granted with condition re construction methods. 14/01046/HSE
Land north of Fridays
Andover Road
Refused
10/6/2014
Outline for two dwellings in an area outside the current settlement boundaries. Refused as contrary to the NPPF and saved local policy D6 - new dwellings in the countryside. 14/00994/OUT
Rosebank
Andover Road
Refused
4/6/2014
Erection of a two storey side extension. Refused due to excessive widht and overlooking. 14/00971/HSE
Treasure Hill House
Penwood
Granted
13/5/2014
Erection of single storey two bay oak framed garage. 14/00741/HSE
Franklin Cottage
Westridge
Granted
6/5/2014
Garage extension and raising roof, adding windows to create an annexe. Granted but must not be sold off, sub-let or used for accommodation. 14/00721/HSE
Drove Cottage
Andover Road
Wash Water
Granted
11/4/2014
Erection of single storey front/side garage and workshop. 14/00384/HSE
Kinnersley House
Westridge
Refused
22/4/2014
Erection of new stable complex to include 6 stables, tackroom, feed and hay store. Removes grooms cottage from withdrawn application below. Refused since it "would appear out of keeping, excessively large and unduly prominent" in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 14/00421/FUL
The Shieling
Hollington Lane
Granted
29/5/2014
Erection of new house following demolition of agricultural building. Granted with several pre-commencement conditions. 14/00233/FUL
Dove Cottage
Andover Road
Granted
14/3/2014
Retrospective application for minor changes to approved application BDB/66422, involving erection of part single storey and part two storey rear extension following demolition of garage and utility room. Property formerly known as 'Briarwood'. 14/00082/RET
Zell Farm House Granted
6/3/2014
Alterations to outbuilding to form an Annex. Conditions nclude not selling or letting annexe as a separate dwelling. 13/02809/HSE
Hillside Farm
Andover Road
Pending
20/12/2013
Various extensions and alterations of existing dwelling including raising of the roof to create a 2 storey dwelling. 13/02738/HSE
Drove Cottage
Andover Road
Wash Water
Granted
31/1/2014
Erection of first floor rear extension to create additional living accommodation. 13/02468/HSE
Little Orchard
Pantings Lane
Granted
14/3/2014
Erection of front, side and rear extension and conversion of loft - this updates an earlier approved application. Conditions re contractor parking, tree protection etc. Update - the applicant has put in a revised application (see above) 13/02411/HSE
Kinnersley House
Westridge
Withdrawn
13/1/2014
Erection of new stable complex to include 6 stables, tackroom, feed and hay store and grooms cottage. Although this application was withdrawn they have been granted retrospective planning permission on a related application (13/02214/FUL) for change of use to equestrian and construction of a manege. 13/02185/FUL

For 2013 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).