LPP2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies

Housing Sites in Haslemere

7.10  The minimum housing target for Haslemere is 990, as set in Local Plan Part 1. As of 1st April 2020, there have been 218 completions within Haslemere. There are also 299 outstanding permissions (including resolutions to permit) and windfalls are anticipated to contribute a further 153 dwellings. This totals 670 committed dwellings for Haslemere, meaning that there is an outstanding requirement to allocate a minimum of 320 dwellings through Local Plan Part 2.

7.11  Haslemere has significant constraints to accommodating development, due to the Green Belt, the AONB, and proximity to the South Downs National Park. In addition, it is close to the Wealden Heaths Phase II SPA and subject to the size and location of a site, this can be another significant constraint.

7.12  There are a number of urban sites which are suitable for redevelopment, and the Council is seeking to maximise the potential of these sites. Some of these are currently or formerly in other uses, and it has either been demonstrated that these are no longer required for their current use, or else would be suitable for a mixed use redevelopment. Parts of Hindhead and Beacon Hill are in close proximity to the SPA where new residential development needs to be strictly controlled to avoid an adverse impact on the SPA. There is however an area in central Hindhead which is subject to the Hindhead Avoidance Strategy and where measures are in place to allow limited growth without an adverse impact on the SPA.

7.13  There are not sufficient suitable sites within the settlement area or on other brownfield land to meet the full housing requirement in Haslemere, therefore the Council is proposing to allocate a single greenfield site outside the AONB. The Green Belt Review did not identify any areas of Green Belt as potentially suitable for removal in Haslemere, and no changes are proposed.

7.14  For sites that lie between 400m and 5km of the Wealden Heaths SPAs, a project-level HRA may be required to ensure there would be no likely significant impacts on the SPA, in accordance with Local Plan Part 1 Policy NE1.

7.15  At the application stage of all these sites, appropriate assessment of the impacts of development on nature conservation interests, groundwater resources, the landscape, and heritage assets will need to be undertaken, and any necessary mitigation implemented, alongside the promotion of sustainable transport, in accordance with the policies in Local Plan Part 1 and Local Plan Part 2.

7.16  The proposed site allocations for Haslemere are set out in the following policies, DS1 - DS11. These sites are anticipated to deliver 320 additional dwellings, against the outstanding requirement of 320.

Development Sites in Haslemere

 DS 01 – Haslemere Key Site, West Street, Haslemere – 40 additional dwellings

DS 02 – Central Hindhead, London Road, Hindhead – 38 dwellings

DS 03 – Land at Andrews, Portsmouth Road, Hindhead – equivalent of 35 additional dwellings

DS 04 – Land at Wey Hill Youth Campus, Haslemere – 40 additional dwellings

DS 05 – Haslemere Preparatory School, The Heights, Hill Road, Haslemere – 21 additional dwellings

DS 06 – Red Court, Scotland Lane, Haslemere – 50 dwellings

DS 07 – Fairground Car Park, Wey Hill, Haslemere – 55 dwellings

DS 08 – The Old Grove, High Pitfold, Hindhead – 18 dwellings

DS 09 – National Trust Car Park, Branksome Place, Hindhead Road, Haslemere – 13 dwellings

DS 10 – Hatherleigh, Tower Road, Hindhead – 5 additional dwellings

DS 11 – 34 Kings Road, Haslemere – 5 additional dwellings

Map 43: Proposed housing allocations in Haslemere
Haslemere Overview
Map 44: Proposed housing allocations in Hindhead, Haslemere
Hindhead Overview

DS 01: Haslemere Key Site, West Street, Haslemere

Land at the Haslemere Key Site as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for at least 40 dwellings subject to:

a)    The retention and provision of additional retail and other town centre uses within the site along existing and any proposed street frontages.

b)   The retention of at least existing public parking space capacity, unless it can be demonstrated there is sufficient parking space capacity in the area or additional capacity can be provided at an alternative location within walking distance of the town centre.

c)    Proposals maximising Place Shaping opportunities within the site that contribute to the delivery of a comprehensive redevelopment of the site and enhancement to the public realm and the vitality and viability of the area, together with the retention or provision of rear servicing areas.

d)    Ensuring the preservation or enhancement of the historic environment through the layout and design of any proposals.

e)    The demonstration that development will not have a likely significant effect on protected habitats sites.

Size

2.5ha

Existing use

Mixed

LAA ID

141

Approximate density

50-150dph

Key Constraints:

·         Conservation Area

·         Setting of Listed Buildings

·         Wealden Heaths II Special Protection Area 5 Km zone

·         Sites and Areas of High Archaeological Potential

·         Rear Servicing

·         Flood Zones 2 and 3

·         Source Protection Zone 2

Description:

This town centre site, partly owned by the Council, has potential for intensification. It is allocated for at least 40 dwellings, which can potentially be delivered by a comprehensive development of the site. The site is in multiple ownership and the Council will work with other landowners to unlock the potential of this site, making use of Compulsory Purchase powers if necessary.

This area contains a number of important facilities and services including public parking, the fire station, and town centre commercial premises. It is intended to retain or enhance the facilities as part of any development proposals.

A culverted river flows adjacent to the western edge of the site, and any proposals should avoid development within the functional flood plain, and not prejudice the future de-culverting of this river.

Where appropriate, at least 5% of plots should be offered for Custom and Self-Build in accordance with Policy DM36.

Haslemere Key Site- West Street- Haslemere - LAa 141 - DS 07

This map is indicative only.

DS 02: Central Hindhead, London Road, Hindhead

Land at Central Hindhead, as shown on the Policies Map, is allocated for approximately 38 dwellings, subject to compliance with the Hindhead Avoidance Strategy.

Size

1.6ha

Existing use

Car sales

LAA ID

144

Approximate density

24dph

Key Constraints:

·         Wealden Heaths II Special Protection Area 400m zone

·         Hindhead Concept Area

·         Potentially contaminated land

·         Source Protection Zone 2.

Description:

This site is within the Hindhead Concept Area, where a limited amount of development can come forward despite its proximity to the Wealden Heaths SPA. The remaining capacity within the concept area is 38 dwellings. Given the proximity of the site to SPZ1 due regard will need to be had to the need to ensure the protection of groundwater sources from contamination. Where appropriate, at least 5% of plots should be offered for Custom and Self-Build in accordance with Policy DM36.

 Central Hindhead- London Road -Hindhead- LAA ID 144 - DS 08

DS 03: Land at Andrews, Portsmouth Road, Hindhead

Land at Andrews as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for a 67 bed care home, equivalent to 35 additional dwellings, subject to:

a)    Retention and enhancement of mature trees and other landscape features wherever possible.

b)   The demonstration that development will not have a likely significant effect on protected habitats sites.

Size

0.55

Existing use

Mixed

LAA ID

145

Approximate density

70 dph

Key Constraints:

·         Wealden Heaths I Special Protection Area 5 Km zone

·         Wealden Heaths II Special Protection Area 400m / 1 Km zone

·         East Hants Special Protection Area 5 Km zone

·         Source Protection Zone 3

Description:

The site is currently used for a mixture of uses, including: offices, residential, industrial workshops, retail, leisure and storage. The majority of the site is located within the 400m buffer zone of the Wealden Heaths II Special Protection Area (SPA). As a result, to ensure the integrity of the SPA   is not harmed by a proposal, it is considered that redevelopment of the site from its current mixed use to a high dependency care home would be suitable.

 Land at Andrews

DS 04: Land at Wey Hill Youth Campus, Haslemere

Land at the Wey Hill Youth Campus as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for approximately 40 dwellings. Development of this site should:

a)    Be designed to maximise Place Shaping opportunities in Wey Hill through improvements to the public realm, to the viability and vitality of the area, and by promoting the distinctive character of the area.

b)    The demonstration that development will not have a likely significant effect on protected habitats sites

Size

1ha

Existing use

Mixed

LAA ID

697

Approximate density

40dph

Key Constraints:

•       Wealden Heaths II Special Protection Area 5 Km zone

•       Potentially contaminated land

Description:

The Council is currently developing proposals to redevelop this site for 40 additional dwellings. The Council is working to ensure existing community groups which use the site can be housed elsewhere. Where appropriate, at least 5% of plots should be offered for Custom and Self-Build in accordance with Policy DM36.

 Land at Wey Hill Youth Campus, Haslemere DS 12

DS 05: Haslemere Preparatory School, The Heights, 5 Hill Road, Haslemere

Land at Haslemere Preparatory School as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for at least an additional 21 dwellings subject to:

a)    The retention or provision of trees in order to main wooded character of the Haslemere Hillsides.

b)   Submission of a transport assessment to demonstrate that the development will not result in a net increase in traffic over its previous use as a school.

c)    The demonstration that development will not have a likely significant effect on protected habitats sites.

Size

1ha

Existing use

Education

LAA ID

980

Approximate density

21dph

Key Constraints:

•       Haslemere Hillsides

•       Wealden Heaths II Special Protection Area 5 Km zone

•       Source Protection Zone 2

Description:

This former preparatory school closed in 2016 and is considered suitable for redevelopment to provide at least 21 additional dwellings. Where appropriate, at least 5% of plots should be offered for Custom and Self-Build in accordance with Policy DM36.

 Haslemere Preparatory School- The Heights- Hill Road- Haslemere - LAA 980 - DS 14

DS 06: Red Court, Scotland Lane, Haslemere

Land at Red Court as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for at least 50 dwellings subject to:

a)    Ensuring the conservation of the landscape and scenic beauty of the AONB and the South Downs National Park through consideration of the individual and cumulative impact of development in the layout, landscaping, and design of proposals, informed by a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment.

b)   Retention and enhancement of mature trees and other landscape features wherever possible.

c)    The demonstration that development will not have a likely significant effect on protected habitats sites.

Size

4.9ha

Existing use

Agriculture / woodland

LAA ID

987

Approximate density

10dph

Key Constraints:

•       Area of Great Landscape Value treated as being within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

•       Countryside beyond the Green Belt

•       Grade II Listed building

•       Wealden Heaths II Special Protection Area 5km Zone

•       Source Protection Zone 2

Description:

This site adjoins, but is located outside of, the AONB and as land rises to the north has limited prominence in the landscape. This site is likely to accommodate around 50 dwellings. Where appropriate, at least 5% of plots should be offered for Custom and Self-Build in accordance with Policy DM36.

 Red Court- Scotland Lane- Haslemere- LAA 987 -DS15

DS 07: Fairground Car Park, Wey Hill, Haslemere

Land at the Fairground Car Park as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for at least 55 dwellings, as part of a mixed use development. Development of this site should:

a)    Be designed to maximise Place Shaping opportunities in Wey Hill through improvements to the public realm, to the viability and vitality of the area, and by promoting the distinctive character of the area.

b)    Retain at least existing parking space capacity, unless it can be demonstrated there is sufficient parking in the area or additional capacity can be provided at an alternative location within walking distance of the town centre.

c)    The demonstration that development will not have a likely significant effect on protected habitats sites.

Size

0.6ha

Existing use

Parking

LAA ID

1004

Approximate density

90dph

Key Constraints:

•       Potentially contaminated land

•       Wealden Heaths II Special Protection Area 5 Km zone

Description:

A mixed-use redevelopment of the site, including around 60 flats, the retention of parking, and possible provision of town centre uses on the main street frontage, is likely to come forward later in the plan period. Where appropriate, at least 5% of plots should be offered for Custom and Self-Build in accordance with Policy DM36.

 17-c- DS 17-Fairground Car Park, Wey Hill, Haslemere

DS 08: The Old Grove, High Pitfold, Hindhead

The Old Grove as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for 18 dwellings, subject to:

a)    The demonstration that development will not have a likely significant effect on protected habitats sites.

b)    Ensuring the conservation of the landscape and scenic beauty of the AONB through consideration of the individual and cumulative impact of development in the layout, landscaping, and design of proposals, informed by a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment.

Size

0.78

Existing use

Residential

LAA ID

890

Approximate density

23dph

Key Constraints:

·         Countryside beyond the Green Belt

·         Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

·         Area of Great Landscape Value

·         Wealden Heaths I Special Protection Area 5 Km zone

·         Wealden Heaths II Special Protection Area 5 Km zone

Description:

This is located in the AONB and AGLV, and currently sites two large buildings associated with the wider residential care accommodation on the site. Given the buildings currently on site, it is considered that redevelopment of the site for residential dwellings can occur with very little impact of the wider landscape character, viewpoints or visual receptors.

 High Pitfold

DS 09: National Trust Car Park, Branksome Place, Hindhead Road, Haslemere

The National Trust Car Park as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for 13 dwellings, subject to:

a)    The demonstration that development will not have a likely significant effect on protected habitats sites.

b)   Ensuring the conservation of the landscape and scenic beauty of the AONB through consideration of the individual and cumulative impact of development in   the layout, landscaping, and design of proposals, informed by a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment.

c)    The achievement of satisfactory detailed access arrangements to the development from Hindhead Road.

Size

0.4 ha

Existing use

Parking

LAA ID

1105

Approximate density

30dph

Key Constraints:

·         Countryside beyond the Green Belt

·         Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (not subject to Policy)

·         Wealden Heaths II Special Protection Area 1 Km zone

Description:

The site is currently used for car parking, it is considered that the site is suitable for redevelopment for 13 residential dwellings.

 The National Trust Car Park

DS 10: Hatherleigh, Tower Road, Hindhead

Hatherleigh as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for an additional 5 dwellings.

Size

0.49ha

Existing use

Residential

LAA ID

143

Approximate density

12dph

Key Constraints:

·         Wealden Heaths I Special Protection Area 5 Km zone

·         Wealden Heaths II Special Protection Area 1 Km zone

·         Source Protection Source 1 and 3.

Description:

This site consists of a residential property on an extensive plot and it is considered that this site is suitable for small scale development. Any proposal would have to give due regard to the relationship with neighbouring properties.

 Hatherleigh Map

DS 11: 34 Kings Road, Haslemere

34 Kings Road as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for an additional 5 dwellings.

Size

0.3

Existing use

Residential

LAA ID

1067

Approximate density

20

Key Constraints:

·         Wealden Heaths II Special Protection Area 5 Km zone

Description:

This site consists of a residential property on a large plot. There is a varied and diverse character to the area, and this site is suitable for a small scale development. Any proposal would have to give due regard to the topography of the site and relationship with neighbouring properties.

 34 Kings Road