LPP2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies

Farnham/Aldershot Strategic Gap

4.16  This designation was first introduced to protect and improve the landscape of the Farnham-Aldershot Strategic Gap because it is an area vulnerable to pressure for development. Since 1993 it has played a significant role in preventing the coalescence of Farnham and Aldershot. The current policy C4 of the 2002 Local Plan covers a wide area of land and in essence, seeks to resist inappropriate development through the application of the general countryside policy.

4.17  Having regard to this and the outcome of the LLDR, Local Plan Part 1 provides the framework for a more focussed policy to be developed to safeguard the strategically important land separating Farnham from Aldershot, alongside a more detailed designation. This Plan contains the policy and the reviewed boundary of the designation.

DM18: Farnham/Aldershot Strategic Gap

Development in the areas defined on the Policies Map, should not cause or contribute to the coalescence of Farnham and Aldershot.

Explanatory notes:

4.18  This Policy should be used in conjunction with Policy RE3 section iii of Local Plan Part 1 which states:

'Within the Strategic Gap the Council will promote:

  1. measures to enhance the landscape and the conservation of wildlife sites; and
  2. improved public footpaths and bridleways for informal recreation'.

4.19  On assessing coalescence the Council will consider:

  • A development's effect on openness
  • Whether the proposal would limit the physical separation between Farnham and Aldershot

Local Plan Part 1 parent policies

RE3: Landscape Character

Monitoring

Indicator:

Refusal of applications, and dismissal at appeal, for proposals which would erode the Strategic Gap.

Target:

Preservation of the Strategic Gap between Farnham and Aldershot.

Map 30: Farnham-Aldershot Strategic Gap
Farnham-Aldershot Strategic Gap - Pre-submission