Planning Policy Guidance

Some policy documents have been formally approved as guidance by the Council. However, they do not have Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) status nor form part of the Local Development Framework (LDF) although they may be relevant when considering planning applications:

  • Biodversity Action Plan
  • COM7 Affordable Housing – Planning Advice Note
  • Landscape Assessment - Test Valley Community Landscape Project
  • North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plan 2014-2019
  • New Forest National Park Management Plan (update) 2015 - 2020
  • Walworth Business Park, Andover Planning Guidance Note
  • North Solent Shoreline Management Plan
  • Walworth Extension Land Planning Position Statement
  • Public Art Strategy

PDFs and links to relevant webpages can be found at the bottom of this page.


North Solent Shoreline Management Plan

The Council has endorsed the North Solent Shoreline Management Plan, which provides the strategic policy approach for the management of the coast between Hurst Spit and Selsey Bill. The North Solent Shoreline Management Plan is not a planning document but may be a material consideration.


Walworth Business Park, Planning Advice Note

The Council has prepared a Planning Guidance Note for the Walworth Business Park (this is available as a PDF at the bottom of this page), including land to the east allocated as an extension. The broad principles apply to all business parks and industrial estates and all other employment sites and premises throughout the Borough.

It sets guidance on the control of charges of use of land premises and set out the process and justification needed in order to comply with relevant planning policies. It was approved by the Cabinet on 17 February 2010.

The Council is actively progressing a long term strategy to rejuvenate the Walworth Business Park through a joint venture arrangement with a private sector partner.

Walworth Extension Land Planning Position Statement

The Council has prepared Walworth Extension Land Planning Position Statement which was approved at Cabinet on 20th May 2015. The purpose of this statement is to help inform future development proposals on the allocated land to the east of Walworth Business Park, Andover.

Revised Local Plan Policy COM7: Affordable Housing – Planning Advice Note

The Council has prepared a Planning Advice Note, for applicants and their agents, which sets out how the Council calculated a financial contribution for the provision of the equivalent off-site affordable housing. The document also sets out the justification for seeking affordable housing financial contributions and the methodology by which contributions will be secured.

The Planning Advice Note is intended as an interim advice note while the Council prepares the Affordable Housing Strategy and the Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document.

The Planning Advice Note below has been prepared to provide guidance in relation to the adopted Local Plan Policy COM7: Affordable Housing.  It sets out the Council's approach to implementing the policy following the publication of the National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) on 19th May 2016 regarding circumstances where tariff style and affordable housing contributions should not be sought.