Ropley Neighbourhood Plan

Ropley Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan Update –  December 2018

Ropley’s Neighbourhood Plan has now reached its next major milestone and has been submitted to East Hants District Council for them to run the next stage, their public consultation.

The email below has been sent out to all individuals who have registered and interest and those who commented on the recent public consultation held within the village.


I write to inform you, as a consultation body or consultee identified in Ropley Consultation Statement that we are now in receipt of the final submission version of the Ropley
Neighbourhood Plan along with all accompanying documentation required under Regulation 15.

What documents comprise the ‘plan proposal’?
The plan proposal comprises the following documents:
(a) A map identifying the area to which the proposed neighbourhood development plan relates;
(b) A consultation statement;
(c) The proposed neighbourhood development plan;
(d) A statement explaining how the proposed neighbourhood development plan meets the requirements of paragraph 8 of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Where can the plan proposal be inspected?
Details of the plan proposal and downloadable copies of the relevant documents can be found
on our website at:

In addition, the full suite of evidence supporting the plan can be found at:

If required, hard copies of all of the documents listed above are available from East Hampshire
District Council, or copies of the plan can be viewed at:
• East Hampshire District Council, Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX
• Courtyard Village Shop, Church Street, Ropley, SO24 0DS
• Alresford Library, 20 Broad Street, Alresford, SO24 9AQ
• Boundaries Surgery, 17 Winchester Road, Four Marks, GU34 5HG
• Mansfield Park Surgery, Lymington Bottom Road, Four Marks, GU34 5EW

How and by when must you make representations?
Representations can either be sent via email using or by hard copy to:
Planning Policy
East Hampshire District Council
Penns Place
GU31 4EX

It is a requirement that the plan must be made available for publicity for a minimum of six weeks. To ensure that you have adequate time in which to respond, submissions will be
accepted from 9am on Friday 14 December 2018 until 5pm on Friday 25 January 2019. All responses will then be forwarded to the plan’s examiner once they are appointed. In the
interests of fairness to all respondents no late submissions will be accepted.
In addition, when making your representation, please can you indicate whether you wish to be informed of any decision EHDC make under Regulation 19 in relation to the outcome of the examination.

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the process at this stage or in future or have any problems accessing any of the links set out above please do not hesitate in
contacting Hannah Collier a EHDC


What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

It is a community-led project for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. It is not a tool to prevent development and it will not affect planning applications that have already been submitted. It may contain visions, aims, planning policies and proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development, or preventing specific types of development in specific locations.

Neighbourhood Plans have statutory authority. This gives them far more weight than some other local documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements, and local authorities or planning inspectors have to make decisions on the basis of the polices contained in the Neighbourhood Plan

The scope and complexity of a plan can vary. It could be wide-ranging, or deal with just one or two issues only. We’ve gone for just one issue to start with, housing. This is to play catch-up and tie in with EHDC publishing their new planning policy, due in December 2015.

Over the life of the plan there will be a continuing requirement to update it. It’s a living document. There are also other areas to branch out into, like education, transport and other infrastructure.

.Settlements that have a Neighbourhood Plan can directly influence how infrastructure funding is spent, benefiting from an increase to 25% (from 15%) of the Community Infrastructure Levy revenues from any relevant development that takes place in their area.

Why bother with a Neighbourhood Plan

We could leave everything to the EHDC planners in Penns Place. But beware; many of the surrounding villages to Ropley are already working on producing their own Neighbourhood Plans. Any villages or settlements without one are more at risk of future over development and less able to influence future housing allocations and infrastructure development.

Public Consultation is key

For Ropley’s Neighbourhood Plan to be valid, formal approval to be obtained and the Plan to gain statutory status, we must show that the local community has been actively engaged throughout the process and their opinions and representation reflected in the plan. As a member of the community you can participate directly in that.

To make coordination and communication easier, Ropley and the surrounding area has been split into 6 geographical areas. Each area has a person to lead the distribution and gathering of information and ideas interfacing between the residents and the Steering Committee that’s managing this project.


contact your Geographical Lead below

Neighbourhood 1 – Village Center

Robin Houghton on

Neighbourhood 2 – Gascoigne Lane, Gilbert Street, Court Lane & Swelling Hill

Roger Langridge on

Neighbourhood 3 – Ropley Dean, Station Road & Bighton Hill North Street

Sarah Crockford on

Neighbourhood 4 – Monkwood, Charlwood & Lyeway

Simon Tye on

Neighbourhood 5 – Soames Lane, Stapely Lane, Parkstone Road & Lywood

David Harrison on

Neighbourhood 6 – Lower Petersfield Road & Park Lane

Rosie and Andy Sampson on


Enhance & protect Ropley, Monkwood and West Tisted