MORE than 8,000 new homes look set to be built in East Hampshire in the next two decades.
The far-reaching Joint Core Strategy not only covers housing but also lays down the guidelines which will encourage businesses to invest in premises in East Hampshire.
It was created in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority and also shows how the environment will be protected, transport improved and facilities provided.
Councillor Ken Moon, in charge of development, said: ‘The Joint Core Strategy will shape how we judge planning applications in the future both for new homes and new businesses.
‘It is a tool which the council can use to affect the future development and growth of the whole district for the next 10 to 15 years.
‘Our population is growing and there are not enough homes or jobs in East Hampshire to meet future needs.
‘Our children will grow up and need places of their own to start their own families and places to work to support them.
‘At the same time we must respect and protect the environment that we are so privileged to enjoy.
‘This is the balance the council and the National Park Authority must find through this vital document.’
The South Downs National Park Authority will consider the Joint Core Strategy on Tuesday. It will be submitted to the government in February.