February 2023

For those who missed this morning’s broadcast on Radio Solent, you can use this post to catch up with the main segments from Alun Newman’s program, with BBC Senior Reporter Dom Blake the man on the spot. Sadly, but perhaps not surprisingly, Hampshire County Council, Havant Borough Council and Amazon declined the BBC’s request for interviews.
“Site 72”, Brockhampton West, sold by the Council for employment use to raise funds for the Meridian Centre re-development, now hijacked by Southern Water to build a recycling plant to enable output from Budds Farm to be pumped into the Havant Thicket reservoir.
The Meridian Centre redevelopment has been stopped dead in its tracks now that the second ill-advised bid for Levelling Up funding has failed. Under new leadership, HBC must now invest in a pragmatic and deliverable vision for the town, built on active engagement with residents and businesses. Having wasted £ millions over the past five years, HBC must surely now write off its costly but discredited architectural ‘vision’.
After two long years and two contentious planning applications, Havant Borough Council’s ‘dirty little secret’ is finally out in the open. The new Amazon delivery centre servicing Portsmouth and all point west to Southampton, north to Guildford and east to Bognor really is in New Lane.
Concerned about traffic and planning? Read this report from the Havant Civic Society “Open Community Forum”, held at St Faith’s Church, 3 November, 2022.
Tuesday’s Development Consultation Forum for ‘Land at Palk Road’, Bedhampton, was an informative affair.
Anything connected to Portsmouth Water’s extensive town centre landholdings makes us sit up, even if this was ‘sold off to Bellway Homes and leased back’, which is by no means certain.
We give Havant Borough Council full marks for publishing its response to the Southern Water HWTWRP consultation. Unfortunately, we have to deduct marks for ignoring the significant harbour contamination risk and for handing in its homework the day after the consultation closed.
Amazon Havant – After weeks of disruptive pile-driving activity, the 32 New Lane warehouse/depot comes out of the ground at a breakneck pace. A long-overdue update on matters of public interest, including the first public meeting between developer, council and residents.
The current temporary traffic lights on Elmleigh Road are just the start of an extended set of pedestrian and cycle improvements now turning into reality. Well done to HCC and HBC for kicking these improvements off!
Traffic problems? Nothing to see here, say HBC and HCC again. Planning is now approved for the new Lidl at Bedhampton.
After surviving several failed, consultant led attempts at ‘Regeneration’, the pandemic lockdowns and a Local Plan rightly rejected by residents and Planning Inspectors alike, perhaps all Havant Town Centre needs is some love.

Havant’s refreshed ‘Regeneration and Economy Strategy’ comes under the gaze of the HBC Overview and Scrutiny Committee. They give it the nod and kick the can on to the Cabinet and the Council. There’s a long road ahead…
A blow by blow account of the Planning Committee decision which we believe will come back to bite. Watch the meeting, read the transcript, or just catch up with the summary.
Here are another 444 homes, split across three separate planning applications currently in the system.

Flooding? “Nah mate, it’ll never happen here, not in 100 years, even with climate change”. So say Portsmouth Water’s consultants.
If you’re one of the 20,000 patients of the Bosmere Medical Centre, this directly affects you, and if you’ve never commented on a planning application before, now’s your opportunity.
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The lack of visibility of Portsmouth Water’s development masterplan, and HBC’s stubborn refusal to confront them on it, continues to frustrate us
Another battle looming over the relentless concreting over of green spaces. Persimmon Homes make a play for the Southmere Hay meadow.
If you’ve ever wondered why 81% of you trust Havant Borough Council, or why your comments on planning applications never seem to make any difference, then you really ought to read this.
Bedhampton Heritage Alliance and HBC lose the appeal by Bargate Homes over Lower Road housing.
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Brockhampton West – Outline planning application now up for comment
Just how much of the Regeneration team effort does Havant Borough actually get? And where is the masterplan which has existed since 2019?
HBC get tangled up in a mess of their own making with the Southleigh Park development application.
Brockhampton West update. More ‘done deals’ and a disturbing absence of scrutiny. There goes the family silver again?
The Warblington A27 Junction and the Southleigh ‘Spine’ road – unveiled.
HBC’s leadership team forced to hang out their dirty laundry in public. Interesting viewing and perhaps a few lessons we should learn?
Three revised applications for the derelict land between East Street and the Pallant. Lots to read and comment on by Nov 13.
And here comes the fourth! Newly submitted plans for 5-7 East Street could provide the missing piece in a town centre jigsaw puzzle.
Latest plans for the old Southern Electric site at the Petersfield Road / Bartons Road junction
Shoebox Living. As the government finally calls time on ‘shoebox’ development, we assess the size of Havant’s new developments.
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Live access to HBC meetings schedule.


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