Council wins High Court challenge

The Council has successfully defended a High Court challenge to the Test Valley Local Plan.

The trustees of the Barker Mill Estate, who have residential and commercial development interests in Nursling and Rownhams, challenged the Local Plan, which was adopted in January 2016 after being approved by a government-appointed inspector. The trust challenged the plan on several grounds, including claiming that it failed to provide sufficient housing, employment and commercial land to meet the local need.

All of the trust’s claims were rejected in a High Court judgement issued by Mr Justice Holgate on 25 November. He said that Barker Mill Estates had "failed to identify any misinterpretation of any planning policy", either by the Council or a planning inspector who had considered the plan, and that there was nothing irrational about the way in which the Council and inspector applied planning policies.

The judge also rejected a challenge against a planning inspector’s decision to refuse planning permission for warehousing on land at Adanac Park, Nursling

You are invited to the launch of the first Romsey Future vision document, “Our Town, Our Future”, a vision for the next 20 years.

Romsey Future

Come and see the five strategic ambitions for Romsey Future that have been developed by the town’s residents and service providers over the last two years. Take the chance to talk to those who’ve been involved in Romsey Future, pick up a copy of the document and see how you can play a part in helping take Romsey Future forward.

Join us for a cup of tea and a slice of cake at our exhibition and drop in sometime between 10am until 12noon on Saturday 12th December at the Crosfield Hall.

Please pass the invitation on to anyone else who you think would like to attend.

For more information, please contact Sophie Tyldesley on  We look forward to seeing you there!

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) review

The Council will be carrying out a review of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA), which will commence on Friday, 29 May 2015 for four weeks.

The SHLAA is a technical document which provides information on potential housing sites submitted by landowners and their agents in relation to their availability, suitability and deliverability.

This is a requirement of the Local Development Framework system and has informed development decisions made in the Council’s Revised Local Plan. It also provides information on rates of completions, which helps to calculate the Council’s Housing Land Supply. The SHLAA does not allocate housing sites. Inclusion of a site within this document does not mean that the Council would necessarily grant planning permission for residential use or allocate it for development.

The purpose of the review is to make sure that the Council has the most up to date information on sites promoted for inclusion within the SHLAA. The purpose is not to comment on the merits of those sites submitted by third parties. The Council will accept submission of new sites for consideration during this process to ensure that future development decisions are made using the most up to date information.

Given the technical nature of the document, only developers, agents and statutory consultees, including parish councils, will be notified of the review.

Further information on how to submit new sites, and information required to be included within the submission, can be found by clicking here. The closing date for comments is 4.30pm on Friday, 26 June 2015. Please note that any promoted sites and comments will be publicly available on the Council’s website.

The SHLAA will be updated using the information received during the review. It will then be made publicly available to provide a base position as at 1 April 2015 in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework.

Enhancement to land near Romsey Abbey

The draft proposals for enhancement to the land to the west of Romsey Abbey will undergo public consultation for five weeks from Thursday, 4 December. The draft scheme aims to enhance the setting of the Grade One Listed Romsey Abbey.

An online feedback form and drawings are available on the Council’s website and can be viewed by clicking here. The drawing is also available for the public to view at Beech Hurst in Andover and the Former Magistrates’ Court, Romsey. An exhibition will also be held in the Church Rooms, next to Romsey Abbey, on Friday, 9 January from 2pm to 8pm, where officers will be present to answer any questions.

Plans submitted for new youth centre for Romsey

Subject to planning permission being granted, Romsey’s young people are set for a brand new youth centre located at Romsey Sports Centre, thanks to a joint initiative by Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) and Hampshire County Council (HCC).

An application for planning permission has been submitted this week by TVBC as the landowner on behalf of Hampshire County Council.

Youth in Romsey has operated for many years in upstairs premises above a shop in Bell Street but this has long been considered, not least by Romsey’s young people, as a less than desirable location. Not only is there difficult access for any youngsters with disabilities, but loud music much beloved of teenagers is not always appreciated by the neighbours.

The scheme has been in the Council’s Capital Programme for the past two years and it is hoped that the new facility will provide a more suitable home for Youth in Romsey.

Tesco planning application for Romsey withdrawn

Tesco has withdrawn its planning application for a new supermarket in Romsey. This decision marks a formal end to the planning process and means that the application will not go forward for consideration by the Southern Area Planning Committee. Tesco announced earlier this year that it is building fewer large stores in response to customers increasingly shopping online and in convenience stores.

Romsey Needs You




Residents are invited to attend the Romsey Future drop in event on Saturday 14 June at the Town Hall. The Romsey Future project has started the process of creating a shared vision for the town for the next 20 years and now needs your input.

The event will take place between 10am and 3pm and is a great opportunity to find out more about the Romsey Future project. The project aims to ensure the town’s future as a vibrant and thriving place to live and work. It is also a chance for residents to have their say on the things that will be needed in Romsey in the future. There will also be free tea, coffee and cake as well as face painting and prizes!

The drop in session follows on from a meeting in November last year, which saw more than 50 local people with an interest in the future of Romsey come together to discuss ideas to enhance the town.

Following the meeting, several working groups were created to focus on leisure provision, housing, community services, getting around, the environment, the economy and community engagement. The working groups combine community group representatives, councillors, local business owners and residents. 

The working groups will be present at the Town Hall on the day to discuss their plans for the future and work undertaken so far.