Latest news

December 2023

Legislative amendments to increase planning application fees in England have now been formally “made” and will take effect on 6 December 2023. See further information.

November 2023

The County Council has adopted a new Statement of Community Involvement for minerals and waste policy making and development management. See further information.

September 2023: Delay in the implementation of mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain

The Government has announced that mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain will not be implemented in November 2023 as expected. See further information on the announcement.

August 2023: Hampshire's new Great Crested Newt licencing is now live and operational in Hampshire

All applicants preparing planning applications for submission to Hampshire County Council should be aware that there is a new Great Crested Newt licencing process managed by NatureSpace. Nine of Hampshire's local authorities are covered by this new scheme include Eastleigh Borough Council, Hart District Council, Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council, New Forest National Park Authority, Southampton City Council, South Downs National Park Authority and Winchester City Council. Further information

LinkedIn post relating to the Hampshire District licence going live to help it reach more ecologists/ consultants in Hampshire to spread awareness. Read the NatureSpace Partnership's post.

June 2023 - Update to the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan: Regulation 18 consultation summary report published

The Regulation 18 - Consultation Summary Report has now been published.  

June 2023 - Launch of new consultation on proposed changes to the Statement of Community Involvement

For more information, see the consultation webpage.

February 2023 - Changes to the way we publicise planning applications and plan making consultations

The County Council has made some changes to how we publicise consultations and this impacts how we will publicise planning applications and plan making consultations. This means a greater use of local area newspapers. An update to the adopted Hampshire Statement of Community Involvement is currently being prepared to reflect this and other changes.

November 2022 - Regulation 18 consultation: Update to the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan

Hampshire County Council and its partner Authorities, Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council, New Forest National Park Authority and South Downs National Park Authority (collectively known as the Hampshire Authorities), are working to produce a partial update to the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan (the Plan) which will guide minerals and waste decision making in the Plan Area up until 2040. For more information see the update to the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan.

Oil and gas in Hampshire

We have updated our Oil and Gas webpages and FAQ to take into account the latest information, policies and guidance.

Enforcement and Monitoring Plan

An update has been made to the Hampshire Enforcement and Site Monitoring Plan. The update can be viewed on our Monitoring and enforcement page.