Hook is mentioned as early as the 11th century when it was known as La Hoke. The parish of Hook lies some 4 miles to the east of Basingstoke at the junction of the A.30 and A.32, and close to Junction 5 of the M.3. Thus Hook is an ideal place for communications, but two minutes on foot from the busy village centre brings the walker into some of the most beautiful farmland and landscape in Hampshire.

The first train from London to Southampton ran on May 11th 1840, and towards the end of the century the railway company was running sixpenny excursions from London to Hook Common.

The Common remains a beautiful spot to which people still come to enjoy the peace and beauty of the unspoilt countryside.

There are many period buildings in the village including Old Raven House, Hook House Farm, the Mill House, and the White Hart Hotel, an old coaching inn which still keeps its great stable yard doors.

The village has expanded over the last few years and is a lively friendly place where many local clubs and organisations flourish.

Parish profile

To view parish information about the community, heritage and conservation areas please select the parish in the parish profiles web page.

Neighbourhood Plan

Hook Parish Council submitted their proposed Neighbourhood Plan to Hart District Council in March 2019. Following an independent examination, the Plan was subject to a local referendum on 7th October. 

The question asked was: 

“Do you want Hart District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Hook Neighbourhood Planning Area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” 

The majority of those voting voted “yes” and therefore were in favour of the Plan being used to help determine planning applications in the Parish.

The full results can be viewed in the Declaration of Result of Poll.

Whilst the Hook Neighbourhood Plan has passed the referendum, Hart District Council has received a legal challenge to it. This is in the process of being heard, and the outcome of this is awaited prior to determining whether the Neighbourhood Plan can be brought into legal force (‘made’) as part of the Hart Development Plan. 

Information on the Referendum is available in the following Information Statement which also identifies the Referendum Area: 

Information Statement

A copy of the Referendum documents can be viewed from the links below:

Neighbourhood Plan – Referendum Version

Decision Statement including Statement from the Council relating to basic conditions and provisions

A summary of the representations submitted to the Examiner

Examiners Report 

Statement setting out information about town and country planning and the referendum.

Neighbourhood Plan Examination

The Council undertook consultation on the Submission Plan between April and May 2019. The Council appointed Nigel McGurk to undertake the independent examination of the Plan and all submission documents and all comments received during the consultation were sent to the appointed Examiner for consideration.

The Examiners Report was received in July 2019.

Full copies of the representations can be viewed below:

001 - Highways England
002 - Lacey-Reed
003 - Burchfield
004 - Thames Water
005 - Flavia Estates
006 - Whitewater Health Hook Surgery
007 - Baker Family and Flavia Estates - Consultation Response
007 - Baker Family and Flavia Estates - Consultation Form
007 - Baker Family and Flavia Estates - Response to Matter 12 of the EIP for HDC Local Plan
008 - Surrey County Council
009 - Colman
010 - Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
011 - Natural England
012 - Hart District Council
013 - Gladman
014 - Wilbur Developments
015 - Cranham - Layout Plans, Sections and Visibility Splays for Vehicle Crossover
015 - Cranham - PEA Survey
015 - Cranham - Topographical Survey
015 - Cranham - Tree Survey Appendix 1 - Schedule of Trees
015 - Cranham - Tree Survey Appendix 2 - Tree Constraints Plan
015 - Cranham - Tree Survey
015 - Cranham
016 - Historic England

The Examiner, Nigel McGurk, provided a Clarification Note:

 Hook Neighbourhood Plan Examiners Clarification Note June 2019 

Hook Parish Council responded to the Examiner's Clarification Note:

Hook Parish Council response to Examiners Clarification Note

Hook Parish Council response to Representations 

Hart District Council responded to the Examiner's Clarification Note:

Hart District Council response to Examiners Clarification Note

Details of progress on the Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed below: 

Neighbourhood Plan Stage Detail

Examination: June 2019 

Examiners Report received July 2019

Submission Hook Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

1 April 2019 to 20 May 2019

Hook Neighbourhood Plan 2018-2032: Submission Plan (Regulation 15 Submission Stage)

Consultation Statement (with appendices)

Basic Conditions Statement

Equalities Impact Assessment

Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Hook Neighbourhood Plan  

Supporting evidence is available to view on the Parish Council website including:

  • Hook Village Centre Concept Masterplan
  • Heritage Assets Assessment 
  • Local Green Space Assessment 
  • Hook Parish Design Statement
Consultation on the Hook Pre-Submission Neighbourhood Plan

For more information on this stage visit http://hook.gov.uk

Hook NP Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulation Assessment Screening, July 2017 This document sets out whether there is a need for the Plan to produce a Strategic Environmental Assessment and/or a Habitat Regulation Assessment. It concludes that the Hook NP will need to be subject to an SEA and that further HRA screening will be required if specific sites are identified.
On 2 October 2014, Hart District Council approved the designation of the whole parish of Hook as a Neighbourhood Area, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

Hook Parish Council Covering Letter and Neighbourhood Plan Area Map and Survey 2012/13

Further details of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan are available from the Hook Neighbourhood Plan website.

Hook Parish Council contact details

Website:  www.hook.gov.uk

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