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Neighbourhood Plan 2023


Following the adoption by Hart District Council of its Local Plan in 2020 it was agreed that Winchfield's Neighbourhood Plan should be reviewed and updated for the period 2022 – 2037. Our updated Neighbourhood Plan has been produced by local volunteers, with the support of and on behalf of the Parish Council, setting out the vision, objectives and policies by which the Parish will manage future sustainable development.

Pre-submission Consultation

Our thanks to everyone who responded to the Pre-Submission Consultation (Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012) on the Winchfield Neighbourhood Plan which ended on 12th  December 2022.

Submission to HDC

Here are the documents submitted by Winchfield Parish Council to Hart District Council as specified under Regulation 15:

HDC Consultation and Examination 

The Regulation 16 consultation ran from Friday 12 May to 4pm Friday 23 June 2023. 

Hart District Council appointed Mr. Ashcroft, an independent Examiner, to undertake the examination.

Representations received

Submitted plan and supporting documents

The Submitted Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents can be found below:

Why was an examination and referendum needed? 

Statement of significance of modifications - explains why the changes over the current neighbourhood plan made in 2017 are substantial enough that an examination and referendum are required.


Neighbourhood Plan Examiner's Report and Decision to proceed to Referendum

The Examiner's Report was received on 7 September 2023.

All modifications proposed by the Examiner, after consideration of all the received representations, were accepted. The Examiner stated in his report that Winchfield’s new Plan was: “in the round a first-class example of a review of a neighbourhood plan both in terms of its format and content”.

The Plan was further updated and amended to reflect those changes and create the Referendum Version of the Plan which will be available to view online and in hard copy from 16th October. Details will be on this website or on

Hart District Council decided at its Cabinet meeting on 5 October 2023 to accept the recommended modifications to the Neighbourhood Plan and to proceed to Referendum.

Please view the Decision Statement for further information.


The Referendum will be held on 23 November 2023 and further details will be published in due course.

If successful, the revised Winchfield Neighbourhood Plan will be ‘made’ (brought into legal force) and will form part of the Hart Development Plan and be used in the determination of planning applications relating to land in Winchfield Parish.


Please see separate pages for information on the work carried out by the Steering Group the Working Group and details of Community Engagement


Thank you for your interest in and involvement with our Neighbourhood Plan.