We are fortunate that the Borough is such a pleasant place in which to live and work. Making sure that continues is a careful balance between sensible development to meet our changing and diverse needs as residents and conserving the area's heritage and character.
Effective planning – for now and for the future – is a key part of this. In this section of the website, you can find out more about our work in this area and our services to help you.
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Concerns have been raised by the Government's adviser on nature conservation, Natural England, that increased levels of housing across South Hampshire could be harmful to the marine environment. Read the Council's position statement on the effects of nitrates upon the Solent.
Read the Council's position statement on the effects of nitrates upon the Solent.
On the 7th December 2021 the Council's Executive approved an interim mitigation solution addressing potential recreational disturbance on the New Forest.
Read about judicial reviews where the decisions made by public bodies can be challenged by third parties on the basis that there has been an error in the way that the decision has been made.
From the 1st April 2020, there is a revised financial contribution figure applicable to all new residential development in the Borough. For further information about the new mitigation contribution, visit the Bird Aware Solent website.
National Grid is planning a major new energy infrastructure project, known as IFA2 (Interconnexion France-Angleterre 2), linking the United Kingdom's electricity transmission network to France. The link will help enhance the security, affordability and sustainability of energy supply to both countries
Adopted core strategy, planning strategy and local plans
The Council has commenced a review of its adopted local plan.
We have received instruction from Hallam Land Management to withdraw their 2015 outline planning application P/15/1279/OA for the above site.
Use this section to apply for planning permission. There is also a handy guide and research material.
Use this register to search for properties in the Borough that are subject to tree preservation orders.
You can use the above online search for planning applications if you know details such as the planning reference number or the street address. By using this search you are agreeing to the terms and conditions.
Alternatively, you can search for planning applications using our interactive map accessed through the following link: LocalView .
The Council is in the process of producing a new Local Plan. This will address the development requirements up until 2037 and in due course, it is intended to replace Local Plan Part 1 (Core Strategy) and Local Plan Part 2 (Development Sites & Policies).
If you're looking for help about submitting a planning application or just want to know how our planning service works, you can find it here. It includes information about how you can see applications online, what you need to do to seek listed building consent and how the appeals process works.
We have a responsibility for enforcing planning regulations. While many minor developments do not need planning permission, you should contact us before you start any work to see if this is the case. You can also find out how to complain if you think there has been an unauthorised development near you.
You can apply for building regulation approval, and our friendly helpful team of highly qualified Building Control Surveyors and administration officers provide impartial advice and assistance to the public, agents, architects, builders, developers, and other professionals.
To ensure we plan the Borough's development and conservation effectively, we must determine how land will be used, where and what for. This involves looking at the needs of our communities now as well as assessing what they are likely to be in the future.
Responsible planning involves a mix of new development, conserving areas and regenerating areas that have fallen into disrepair or disuse. There are several sites throughout the Borough that we are considering for regeneration. This might be to boost the local economy, to provide shops and other community facilities or to meet local housing needs.
The character of the Borough's historic towns and villages has evolved slowly over time. While we continue to develop our communities and environment to meet our needs, it is also important to conserve the area's rich heritage and character. Here you can find out more about how we do that to make sure we conserve and enhance important parts of our towns, villages, parkland and other open spaces.
The Borough's coastline has a diverse range of landscapes and seascapes, including estuaries, salt marshes, soft cliffs and shingle beaches. We have a responsibility to manage it and maintain it as a safe and environmentally important area. In this section of the website, you can find out more about how we are working with partner organisations to manage our shoreline and our defences against floods and erosion.
As trees are such an important part of our landscape, there is a variety of legislation to cover the way we manage them and our woodland areas. Here, you can find a range of information about tree management – from advice about protected trees, trees on your property, trees in our conservation areas, or building near trees.
A sustainable new community is being planned for the North of Fareham, called Welborne. This will involve providing up to 6,000 homes, workplaces, schools, open spaces, shops and local community services. On this section of the website you can find out more about the plans for this important development and how you can get involved to help shape the new community.