Planning meeting to go on the road for big decisions

Tuesday, 6 November, 2018

Residents will be able to see crucial decisions made on their doorstep as East Hampshire District Council has announced it will move planning meetings considering large applications to the local area.

Meetings to decide on applications of more than 100 homes will be moved to the area affected by the proposal, giving residents the chance to witness the debate.

The first meeting to be moved will see an application for the development of 243 homes on land east of Selborne Road, Alton, on 20 November and will be held at Alton College, Edward Road.

Cllr Richard Millard, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, said: “When we get large applications that will affect local communities it is right that the residents of those communities can attend the meetings and listen to the discussions.

“In any one meeting we can be dealing with applications from all corners of the district, so it often makes sense to hold them in the council offices in Petersfield. But if the Planning Committee is asked to determine an application of more than 100 homes it will meet near that location, giving local people the chance to come along.”