Strategic Planning

Local Plans

A Local Plan outlines how development and change will be managed in your area.

Local planning authorities must prepare a Local Plan which sets planning policies in a local authority area. These are very important when deciding planning applications. Independent planning inspectors must look at all Local Plan documents that local authorities in England prepare for an examination. The examination is the last stage of the process for producing a Local Plan.

The process should have fully involved everyone who has an interest in the document and they should have had the chance to comment. Local Plans must be positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy in accordance with section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) and the National Planning Policy Framework.

The Planning Portal website provides a guide to local planning which explains the importance and role of each development document:

Local Plans for Hampshire authorities can be viewed by selecting the relevant area on the map below. There are separate Local Plans for the New Forest National Park and South Downs National Parks.

Neighbourhood Plans

Hampshire County Council (HCC) has produced a guide on Neighbourhood Planning.

The aim of the Neighbourhood Planning Guide is to help those interested in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan to quickly identify what information, guidance, help and support can be provided by the County Council. It explains the main HCC services that may have to be considered when carrying out neighbourhood planning; provides links to the policy guidance and to the webpages of the County Council teams that might be able to provide further advice and information; and explains the distinction between the role of the County Council compared to that of district, borough, city councils or national parks in neighbourhood planning. Just as importantly, it explains what the County Council cannot do.

Given the wide range of duties and responsibilities the County Council performs, it is important that we are engaged in the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans from the outset.

Hampshire County Council's guide to neighbourhood planning and its summary document are available for download below:

Neighbourhood Planning in Hampshire  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 9MB

Neighbourhood Planning Summary  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 1MB


Local Plan Timetables

Timetable for the preparation of local development documents in Hampshire by authority:

  • Due to changes in plan timetables this information will be updated in the near future.