Strategic Planning

Infrastructure planning

Local authorities have a responsibility to provide a large proportion of the infrastructure that is needed to support our communities. For example, Hampshire County Council is responsible for providing and maintaining roads, schools and facilities for managing household waste.

Hampshire strategic infrastructure statement

The level of housing growth proposed for Hampshire over the next 15 years will have implications for service delivery and infrastructure requirements to support the new development. This statement explains the types of infrastructure that the County Council and its partners are responsible for planning and delivering. It provides details of the relevant infrastructure projects required across the county in the short, medium and longer term.

Memorandum of understanding (June 2013)

The memorandum of understanding sets out a broad framework to help guide Hampshire County Council and local planning authorities (district, borough and city councils) in determining priorities for the planning, funding and delivery of infrastructure. This includes both community infrastructure (eg sport facilities), and strategic infrastructure (eg flood defences), which are integral to the social, economic and environmental well-being of Hampshire. The agreement will be regularly reviewed and updated as necessary.

Developer contributions

Currently the County Council collects financial contributions from commercial building developers, which are used to help pay for new infrastructure which is directly related to the new development. However, the way in which money is secured from developers is changing soon. The Community Infrastructure Levy is being introduced across the country and by April 2015 it will be the primary mechanism for collecting money from developers to pay for infrastructure.

More about current policy and guidance on developer contributions

Infrastructure projects in Hampshire


Access to broadband is a vital component of infrastructure in today's world. It is key to growing a sustainable local economy, vital for education and home working and an increasingly central part of community cohesion and resilience, particularly in rural areas.

The Hampshire County Council Broadband webpages provide detailed information on the Hampshire Superfast Broadband project, including postcode analysis for the whole County showing current and planned coverage for all providers.

Hampshire County Council has been working with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Planning Officers Group to develop guidance and information for Local Planning Authorities and Developers around the drivers and benefits of ensuring high speed broadband provision is in place on new developments and the methods which can be employed to achieve this: