Housing targets for East Hampshire to be examined

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AN INFLUENTIAL report that will guide planning in East Hampshire for the next two decades will come under scrutiny next week.

A government inspector will examine the Joint Core Strategy, which has been drawn up by East Hampshire District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority.

The document, if formally approved, will decide housing targets, employment targets, retail strategy and policy on travellers’ sites.

There are currently plans for 1,320 new homes over the next two decades in Rowlands Castle, Horndean and Clanfield, and 4,400 homes in the Petersfield area.

The Secretary of State has appointed independent planning inspector Anthony Thickett to conduct an examination into the plan. He will be looking to see if the plan is sound and deliverable.

The inquiry will take place in the council chamber at Penns Place, Petersfield, from Tuesday. To see a full time timetable visit easthants.gov.uk.