RESIDENTS in Hook will be asked about how they want to future of their village to look in a referendum next week.

The Neighbourhood Plan, which has been developed by Hook Parish Council following a lengthy consultation process with residents of the town, will be put to the people of the Parish on Monday.

The plan effectively acts as a blueprint for any future development, showing the wishes of residents when planning permission is sought in the future from Hart District Council.

Anne Atkins, Executive Officer at Hook Parish Council, says that there are no plans for any future housing, other than what's already in the planning process.

"Nobody is really going to see anything happen," she told the Gazette.

However, the Neighbourhood Plan does recognise that future housing may be needed, and sets out suitable sites for these developments.

"It recognises that things don't stand still," she continued.

However, what it does set out is aspirations for the development of the village.

One of these that Anne is looking forward to the prospect of is a cycleway from Hook to Hartley Wintney, as well as re-development on Station Road.

"It is about retention of existing and enhancement of business in the centre of Hook."

With the proposed development of Shapley Heath attracting plenty of attention in the area, Anne added that this plan was not about the controversial scheme.

"The timing of the proposal has caused some confusion with residents.

"Shapley Heath has no relationship with the Neighbourhood Plan."

For those with polling cards, voting takes place between 7am and 10pm on Monday in Elizabeth Hall.