The Settlement Hierarchy

A settlement hierarchy ranks and classifies settlements based on the availability and accessibility of a broad range of facilities.

Settlements that are in a higher tier of the hierarchy will often be more sustainable locations for new development, because residents would be able to access a greater range of services and facilities more easily, without the need to travel as far by car.

East Hampshire has reviewed and updated the existing settlement hierarchy for areas outside of the South Downs National Park, in support of the Draft Local Plan.

A background paper has been produced to provide full details and to explain the method and its results.

Comments on the revised settlement hierarchy are welcome during the consultation period for the Draft Local Plan. Any comments that are received will be considered for purposes of updating the evidence base.