Issues and Options Consultation for the next Local Plan

This Consultation is now closed

We are preparing our next Local Plan for the Borough for the period to 2036.  When a Local Plan is produced it has to based upon national planning guidance (National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Practice Guidance), the evidence that we collected and have taken into account, and what the Council and our communities see as the key planning issues. 

This consultation on the issues and options, as the first stage in the preparation process, aims to get your views on the issues that face the Borough, and those that live and work in Test Valley will face, and the options for how best we deal with them. This includes how much development we should plan for and where it should go. It is not about identifying possible sites for development at this stage.  The consultation includes issues covering: housing, employment, the environment and infrastructure. The potential options we’ve identified may not though be the only ones, and you can suggest other alternatives, if you think there are more.

To assist with Question 6 in the Issues and Options Consultation document, concerning the Housing Market Area (HMA) boundary (see paras.5.6 and 5.7), a map showing the areas covered by the current Southern Test Valley (STV) and Northern Test Valley (NTV) HMAs (Local Plan Policy COM1) has been provided.

The Issues and Options document has been approved by Council for a ten week public consultation period running from 6th July to 14th September 2018.

Comments on the Issues and Options document should either be:

  • Sent in writing to Planning Policy, Test Valley Borough Council, Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road, ANDOVER, Hampshire SP10 3AJ; or
  • Emailed to

Please provide your name and either a postal or email address.  If you are responding on behalf of someone else, please also provide the name of the individual/organisation. Please note that emails are subject to a maximum 30Mb size limit, above which they will not be received.

Only those representations that are made in writing and arrive (in either hard copy or electronically) within the ten week period ending at 4.30pm on Friday 14 September 2018 will have the right to have their representations considered. If you respond to this consultation, we will keep you informed of future consultation stages unless you advise us that you want to opt out of such communication. 

The next Local Plan will take approximately five years to prepare and following this consultation there will be at least two further opportunities for you to have your say.  We will use the results of this consultation to prepare a ‘Preferred Options’ draft Local Plan. This will be a first draft Local Plan and contain more detailed policies and proposals.

We have produced a short introductory film to accompany the Issues and Options consultation for the next Local Plan. In the film we hear from Emily, a local resident, about how the policies and proposals within the existing Local Plan have had a positive effect on her life. 

The film helps to explain the context and purpose of the Local Plan using the individual experiences of a local resident and looks at how implementing the policies and proposals within the existing Local Plan has had a positive effect on her life. It illustrates the practical role of the Local Plan in meeting the development needs of our communities and improving the quality of life of those who live and work in the borough.