Strategies & Plans

Medstead Parish Council and Four Marks Parish Council launched the development of a joint Neighbourhood Plan, in March 2014.

The joint Neighbourhood Plan will provide an opportunity for residents to have a say in how the two commmunities are to be developed.

For further information on the joint Neighbourhood Plan please see below or visit the East Hampshire District Council Neighbourhood Plan pages. The Neighbourhood Plan has a number of workstreams including employment, housing, utilities, transport, schools, medical, community facilities and environment which is led by the Wildlife Support and Conservation group.

Prior to the Neighbourhood Plan, the Medstead Parish Plan, published in 2008, was a vehicle for the people of Medstead to present their views on what they wanted to preserve and what they wanted to change in the Parish. It also established a coherent Action Plan for achieving these wishes, delivery of which began in 2008 and is expected to be largely completed by 2014.

The Parish Plan was based upon and extended the work previously undertaken to create a Village Appraisal in 2001 and a Village Design Statement in 2003.

You can access the Medstead and Four Marks Neighbourhood Plan, the Medstead Village Design Statement and the Medstead Village Appraisal below.

Medstead and Four Marks Neighbourhood Plan

We are pleased to announce the Medstead and Four Marks Neighbourhood Plan was accepted by our community at Referendum on 5th May 2016 by 2001 votes for and 140 against with 7 spoiled papers.

A majority of 93.45% were in favour of our Plan.
There was a 41% turnout.

On Thursday 12th May 2016, the Plan was taken to East Hampshire District Council Full Council meeting where it was formally adopted.


We now have a Plan that will be of considerable benefit to our community over the next few years. Our Neighbourhood Plan:

  • Has defined the Settlement Policy Boundaries for Medstead Village, ‘South Medstead’ and Four Marks.
  • Has created a ‘Local Gap’ to protect the area between South Medstead and Medstead Village from development.
  • Protects local employment sites from significant change of use for a year, should businesses fail.
  • Supports local centres within the villages and supports the local shopping facilities
  • Encourages commercial development in the area with the Railway Hub.
  • Gives protection to 12 Local Green Spaces in Medstead and Four Marks
  • Promotes a Wild Flower Walk.
  • Promotes a Green Infrastructure Network for the benefit of the Community.
  • Supports the consideration of green infrastructure and biodiversity in any new development.
  • Promotes sustainable drainage on major developments.


A copy of the decision statement and neighbourhood plan can be viewed at the following locations:

  • East Hampshire District Council (EHDC), Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX.
  • Four Marks Parish Office, Sports Pavilion, Uplands, Uplands Ln, Four Marks, Alton GU34 5AF.


In accordance with the regulations, EHDC has also published documents on its website (

For further information please contact the EHDC Planning Policy Team on 01730 234280 or


Village Design Statement
Building on the Village Appraisal, our Village Design Statement, completed in 2003, described the distinctive character of Medstead and how local people wanted the village to change and develop in future.

It included design principles based on the character of our village and made specific recommendations in six areas: agriculture and land use, the environment, equitation, heritage, sport and recreation and traffic and transport.

Following a public meeting in Medstead Village Hall in October 2001 organised by Medstead Parish Council, a small team volunteered to act as a Steering Group. Working in partnership with the local planning authority, East Hampshire District Council (EHDC), six sub-groups set up to research the specific topics.

Contact was made with village organisations to seek their involvement, a workshop was held in April 2002 to gather and disseminate information and a questionnarire was distributed to all households, which achieved a response rate of over 70%.

The work was displayed at the Village Fête in July 2002 and the Village Design Statement was endorsed by Medstead Parish Council in November 2002.

It was adopted by EHDC in January 2003 as Supplementary Planning Guidance. The guidelines within the Village Design Statement are part of the decision-making process for planning applications and should be taken into account by developers and property owners when considering future development in Medstead.

You can download the Village Design Statement below.

Village Appraisal

In October 1999 Medstead Parish Council called a public meeting to discuss the potential of carrying out an appraisal in the Parish. Following this a small group was formed to undertake the appraisal.

Our Village Appraisal, completed in 2001, provided a background to key facts and issues in Medstead. It was based on a questionnaire delivered to 713 households in Medstead. 529 questionnaires were completed and analysed, a response rate of 74.2%.

You can download the Village Appraisal below.

Related Links

UK Government: Neighbourhood Planning