The consultation period ends at 5pm on Tuesday 19th March. This is your best chance of influencing house building in Four Marks between now and 2036. Please take it!

EHDC’s objective in setting the Local Plan is to fix, as far as possible, housing and traveller permissions for the next 17 years through having a legally defensible 5 year supply of building land; stopping developer’s speculative proposals and also stopping any future local objections to building through having “consulted” with you now.


Our issues with the Local Plan start with the Interim Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal. Under “Appraisal of the plan as a whole” 9.128 it states that: Broadly, housing growth is well distributed, largely avoiding over concentrations at settlements which have had seen most significant recent growth (particularly Four Marks and Clanfield).. and indeed Four Marks has! A House of Commons review described it as “under siege” from developers in 2014/15.

Despite this – the paper describes four “options” and then goes on to recommend Option 4 which is “max growth” in Four Marks. It then selects the largest potential site, 150 houses at Barn Lane, available in Four Marks. It seems that EHDC planners and the Council are determined to stuff Four Marks yet again!

There are lots of challenges that can be made to this document that underpins the Local Plan. Why for option 4 did they include a “max growth” scenario for Four Marks and take the lowest growth scenario for Alton ( 455 houses vs – high growth 1460 houses). Alton is far more suitable having rail links, employment and town centre shopping?

Moving onto the Local Plan itself – the site is put forward as being suitable for residential purposes. However it is on the edge of the village, outside the existing settlement boundary and has many disadvantages that resulted in the planning application being refused in 2014. See the posts on this site for details!

PLEASE OBJECT ONLINE OR BY EMAIL TO localplan@easthants.gov.uk


STOP PRESS – EHDC Local Plan Consultation

EHDC is currently reviewing their Local Plan and are consulting with the public to get their views. The consultation period runs from 5 February to 19 March and will include ten drop-in sessions around the district.

The drop in session for Four Marks is being held at Medstead Village Hall, Roedowns Road, Medstead, GU34 5LG on Friday 8 March 15:30 – 20:30.

We encourage you to drop in to “be consulted” and understand what EHDC have planned for you! More details on their consultation portal https://easthants.jdi-consult.net/localplan/

We will be providing our view on the plan in the near future ……..(once we’ve managed to read it all!)

Gladman Developments refused!

Great news – Gladman Developments latest planning application to build up to 65 houses behind 46 Lymington Bottom  was refused.

They have six months within which they can appeal the decision. There are excellent reasons for not allowing this development outside of the Four Marks. Let us hope they do not pursue this through an appeal which will cost both parties a lot of money and should not change the decision.