Temporary closure of footpaths at Noar Hill for tree works

Rotherfield Farms has advised with regret that they are having to undertake significant closures of Public Rights of Way on Noar Hill for safety reasons during tree works.

They appreciate that this is going to be disruptive for the community and ask that everyone bears with them while they address these safety issues.

I have  attached the letter from Rotherfield Farms below which includes maps showing the closed footpaths and diversions provided

February 2024 – Public Consultation on the Selborne Village Design Statement

February 2024 – Selborne Village Design Statement (SVDS)

Selborne Parish Council (SPC) has submitted the Selborne Village Design Statement (SVDS) to the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) to be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The SDNPA previously carried out two rounds of public consultation on the SVDS from 11 April to 06 June 2023, and from 13 July to 07 September 2023.  However, following a number of amendments – including a change to the area covered by the document, and the definition and illustration of the “green apron” – the SDNPA has taken the view that a third round of public consultation is required in accordance with the South Downs Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) and the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.  Once the third public consultation has closed, the SDNPA will then consider whether to adopt the SVDS as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The third public consultation will run for a period of 6 weeks from Thursday 01 February 2024 (starting at 09:00am) to Friday 15 March 2024 (closing at 23:59pm).

The Selborne Village Design Statement (SVDS) – along with the documents listed below (its appendices, consultation statement, and public notice) and the privacy statement applicable to any submitted comments – is available via the SDNPA webpage link here: Village Design Statements – Current Consultations – South Downs National Park Authority

The VDS documents are also available via the links below

Alternatively, you can view the SVDS and the above documents in hard copy at:

  • South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH.
    • Open 09:00am to 16:00pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Selborne Parish Council Office, Selborne Village Hall, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire, GU34 3JR.
    • Open 11:00am to 14:00pm on Thursday, or other times by appointment

To make a representation, please email consultations@southdowns.gov.uk – or post your representation to the SDNPA Planning Policy Team, South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH – by Friday 15 March 2024.

Climate and Nature “CaN” Working Group Jan 20th

The Climate and Nature “CaN” Working Group invite you to a Winter Working Party at Selborne Recreation Ground at 10.30am on
Saturday 20th January 2024. Refreshments provided.
Also check out the Seasonal Programme Poster below for more information and more events

Would you like to join the Parish Council?

Would you like to join the Parish Council?

Following a resignation there is a casual vacancy on the Parish Council.  If no election is requested by Wednesday 11th October (please see Casual Vacancy Notice below) then the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by  co-option.

The Parish Council is therefore very interested in hearing from anybody who is interested in being a Parish Councillor and if you would like any further information please contact the Clerk on email clerk@selborneparishcouncil.gov.uk

FINAL UPDATE on Parish Priority Statement

Selborne Parish Council would like to thank all those residents who have submitted responses to the Parish Priority Statement Survey

More than 90 responses were received – almost 10% based on the total number of  households in the Parish.  This is a great level of feedback for a survey  – so thank you for your input on this.

Several Parish Councillors formed a Working Group (Cllrs Ashcroft, Bennett, Bridger, Earney, Heaselgrave and Megeney) to review the surveys and propose a DRAFT Parish Priority Statement.  Thankyou to these and all other Councillors for the significant amount of work done so far.  The DRAFT was reviewed in detail and approved to go forward for a second stage of public consultation at the Council meeting on Wednesday 18th October.

27/10/23 – Also attached below are the spreadsheets giving the summary of data from the original forms prepared by Councillors

27/10/23 – You can also access the original forms (with all personal data redacted) via the link here


You will need to copy and paste it into your browser.

9/11/23 – The public consultation Open Days were held on on Saturday 21st October ( Oakhanger Village Hall 11am until 4pm) and Sunday 22nd October (Selborne Village Hall 11am until 4pm).

Twenty five residents attended and ten sets of comments have been submitted to the Parish Council.

Copies of the comments can be obtained using the link here


Again, you will need to copy and paste it into your browser!


The third version of the Draft Parish Priority Statement  is the document “PPS – Draft 3A for 22nd Nov meeting”  which is attached below and will be reviewed on 22nd November.


A fourth draft of the Parish Priority Statement was detailed at the Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday 22nd November.  This version (PPS – Draft 4 for review at 28 Nov meeting) is attached below and was reviewed at another additional Council meeting on Tuesday 28th November.


The  final PPS (see below) was submitted to the South Downs National Park Authority  on 30th November .

Any queries please do not hesitate to contact Councillors or the Clerk – clerk@selborneparishcouncil.gov.uk




A32 overnight road closure Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October

Hampshire County Council has advised that to address defects in the recent roadworks and also to carry out other minor drainage works at the same time,  there will be an overnight road closure  on the nights of Friday 6th & Saturday 7th October 2023, during which time the road will be closed to through traffic from approximately 20:00 to 06:00hrs each night.


Please note that whilst there is an allowance within the time periods shown above for delays, there may be times when HCC have to postpone works at very short notice; based on the latest weather forecasts, this can occur just prior to works commencing. HCC will always look to provide up to date information wherever it can, but sometimes these last-minute decisions can be difficult to relay to the travelling public in a timely manner. Wherever possible, any significant changes to the scheduled dates will be made clear on the yellow sign boards located at the works limits.

Information signs advising road users will be erected before the start of works.


Please note information provided by HCC as follows:

For your safety and that of our workforce, we are unable to guarantee vehicular access to and from your property during the road closure. Should you need to make an essential journey, please contact a member of the workforce in advance and they will be able to advise if they can accommodate your request.

Pedestrian access will be available at all times.

For further details of how the road closure may affect your access please visit our website – www.hants.gov.uk/roadworks

Thank you for your co-operation and please accept my apologies in advance for any inconvenience these works may cause you.

If you need more information regarding this scheme you use any of the options below.

Visit One.Networkhttps://one.network/?tm=GB135521547  which is where our planned works are published and is an independent platform that allows real-time monitoring of all the UK’s roadworks and diversions.

Call – 0300 555 1388

 If you ever need to report a problem with the roads, you can do so by visiting www.hants.gov.uk/roadproblems


Parish Priority Statement & Open Days

Selborne Parish Council – Parish Priority Statement – HAVE YOUR SAY

The South Downs National Park Authority is currently undertaking a review of its Local Plan – this is the Park’s own document which sets out the planning and regulatory framework for  all future development in the area.  All parish councils have been asked to submit a summary of their local community’s needs and prevailing views, looking ahead some 15 years, with a vision of informing and influencing the Local Plan. This summary is being called a Parish Priority Statement (PPS).

The PPS will include ideas and suggestions for a wide range of subject headings including the development and management of land, homes, and the natural environment, amongst others.

Selborne Parish Council has been tasked with putting this statement together – but we can’t do it without your help and that of each person (young and old) living, working and visiting in the Parish.  The key to this is finding out what your vision, needs and suggestions are.  So please tell us by filling in the survey form – either in full or just the parts you are particularly interested in. Forms are widely available in the Parish. 

You may:-

  1. Access the survey form via the Selborne and Oakhanger villages Facebook links to the Parish Council website.  Complete and return the form to the Parish Clerk (clerk@selborneparishcouncil.gov.uk) or one of the Councillors below.
  2. OR look out for the house-to-house leaflet drop; we shall get to as many of you in the next week as we can!
  3. OR pick up a hard copy of the form (and extra forms if needed for other members of your household!) at The Selborne Arms PH, the Wakes/Whites Cafe, The Hanger PH, Oakhanger Village Hall or St Matthew’s Church, Blackmoor and then complete and return – there will also be collection points in some of these locations (PPS labelled boxes/the letter box on Oakhanger Village Hall).

Forms can also be returned to:-

  1. Cllr Sam Heaselgrave, Lassams, High St, Selborne (cllrsamheaselgrave.selbornepc@gmail.com)
  2. Cllr Carol McMeekan, The Rowans, Oakhanger Road, Oakhanger (cllrcarolmcmeekan.selbornepc@gmail.com)
  3. Cllr Wendy Megeney, Sotherington Farm Cottage, Sotherington Lane, Selborne (cllrwendymegeney.selbornepc@gmail.com)

There will be an Open Day in Selborne Village Hall from 11am until 4pm on Saturday 19th August and in Oakhanger Village Hall from 4pm until 7pm on Sunday 20th August where you can ask for more information on the PPS and the survey form.  

Please return your forms by 6pm on Friday 8th September – it’s not long to go, so please start soon!

Our aim is to put a draft together based on as much information as we can gather from every person living, working, or visiting in the Parish.  We will then publish this draft and invite your comments.  There will be public open meetings where you can discuss and provide your comments on the draft PPS on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October.  Check also the Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 18th October.

The final version of our PPS will then be decided upon at a Parish Council meeting on 22nd November, ready for submission to the South Down National Park Authority by 30th November 2023.

The survey can be downloaded below.



The new playground is open

Selborne Parish Council and the Selborne Recreation Ground Committee are very pleased to announce that the new children’s playground at the Selborne Recreation Ground will be open from 3pm today, Friday 26th May.

See the design document below for some background on the design.  The Parish Council used £30K of its funds on the playground with an “enabling grant” from Hampshire County Councillor Mark Kemp-Gee to boost our chances for other grant applications, £5K from the SRGC Committee and a major donation from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.

A big thank you for these grants.

Thank you also to :

  • Lara Roberts in the early days of getting the playground project off the ground, consulting with the community and preparing the lengthy tender specification;
  • Seema, Matt, Simon and Tom – and Lara again, for the many hours of detailed and methodical work as the Playground Working Group in sourcing and reviewing tenders from ten playground companies and working so well as a team in getting the best design
  • Matt in particular, and also Simon, for the hard work in writing the grant applications – yes, the first one didn’t succeed
  • And also the Recreation Ground Committee who week in and week out, year after year, maintain the Recreation Ground so well and who have put in a lot of additional work to get the playground ready for opening.

Hope you all have a good weekend

Welcome and First Meeting of the New Council

At the Parish Council elections on 4th May ten new Selborne Parish Councillors were elected unopposed onto the Council.

They are:

Selborne Oakhanger Ward

David Ashcroft; Seema Bennett; Charlie Bridger; Gren Earney; Howard Grosvenor

Emily Jenner; Debs Littell; Nikki O’Donnell; Matt Turner

Blackmore Edge Ward

Wendy Megeney


There are still two vacancies on the Council which will be filled by co-option at a future Council meeting.   Please contact one of the Councillors or the Parish Clerk if you are interested in joining the Council.

The first meeting of the Council, the Annual Meeting/AGM,  will be on Tuesday 23rd May at 7.30pm in Selborne Village Hall.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Oakhanger Road Closure for cable works from 1 May

Please find attached an Advance Works Notice relating to the upcoming Oakhanger Road closure.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks have applied for various road closures and traffic management measures to be able to install these works in a safe manner. We can confirm that the road will close on or shortly after 1 May, for cable works to take place.    

 Where the road closure is being implemented, the road will become closed to through traffic, however, local access will be maintained.  

 Our construction works are generally constrained to approx. 100-200m in length, so residents and local traffic will have access either side of where we are currently working. The works will start at the top end of Oakhanger Road, at the junction with Green Street and Forge Road, and work in a southerly direction.        

 Please be aware that when working directly outside a property we make every effort to maintain access, however there will be occasions when we will not be able to enable vehicles in or out of a property, for a short period of time. 

 Should you have any further questions about the road closure or the investment works, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 With thanks

 SSEN Community Relations

Email: community@ssenbordon.co.uk

Phone: 0800 046 9034