In 2011, Hampshire County Council, as the owners and managers of Shortheath Common, carried out work to seek views on how best to look after the site to benefit the people who use it and the wildlife that lives there. The results from this consultation are available in the report Shortheath Common – report on public consultation and recommendations for management.
Based on these results, the consultants facilitating this process – Footprint Ecology – made recommendations to Hampshire County Council on how the site should be managed into the future and on the further work that should be carried out. The recommendations, the County Council's responses, and the proposals that formed the basis of a second stage of consultation carried out in October 2012 can be viewed by selecting the documents below.
Based upon the results of the extensive public consultation carried out, Hampshire County Council’s Countryside Service intends to submit an application to the Planning Inspectorate under Section 38 of the Commons Act 2006 for permission to install fences, gates and other infrastructure necessary to reintroduce grazing animals to the common.
Further information regarding the project can be seen in the Shortheath Common Newsletter (October 2013). 327 kB
If you would like any further information regarding the consultation and the future management of Shortheath Common, tel 01252 870425.