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NP Background


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.

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

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

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 question asked was:

"Do you want Hart District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Winchfield Neighbourhood Planning Area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"


Post Referendum

The Winchfield Neighbourhood Plan referendum took place on 23 November 2023. 242 residents voted (44% turnout) with 221 voting YES and 21 voting NO. More than 50% of those voting (91% of the votes cast) voted in favour of the plan being used to determine planning applications in the parish.

The full results can be viewed in the Declaration of Results.

Hart District Council formally 'made' the Neighbourhood Plan at its meeting on 25 January 2024.

The updated WNP will be used with immediate effect to assess all new planning applications in the Parish. Additional information can be found on:

Regulation 14 Consultations and Examination reports pre Referendum 

Regulation 16 Consultations and Examination reports pre Referendum 


Representations received


Submitted plan and supporting documents

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


The Referendum version of the new plan and all the supporting documents are here: 


Additional Information

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.