Welcome to another year! We seem to be galloping through the twenty-first century at an unseemly pace; it certainly doesn’t feel like twenty years have passed since the year 2000 was looming large with the country poised for the impact of IT systems meltdown. The likelihood that ‘Brexit Day’ on March 29th will pass us by as a similar non-event seems low, at least to this editor.
While the last nineteen years have passed at breakneck speed on the calendar, as we are all aware that the rate of change in Havant is rather less hurried. As we wrote in November, “This is the town where bundles of tumbleweed and old McDonald’s boxes have rolled slowly past the faded hoardings at 44-54 West Street for more than a decade”.
As the New Year begins and the officers of Havant Borough Council look for permanent replacements for their lost leaders, we look forward to engaging with the Council on the subject of the Regeneration Study. (If you’ve not already spotted the search box on this page, type ‘regeneration’ into it and hit enter to see our various musings on the subject.)
More importantly, with the Draft Havant Local Plan 2036 moving slowly but inexorably towards adoption, we need to step up the pressure for revision of some of its more bizarre content, notably the exclusion for planning purposes of East Street from the definition of the Town Centre.
The whole of East Street, including the East Pallant Car park, is under threat in the current draft of the Local Plan. With ‘The Spring‘ going from strength to strength and various new retail and service businesses emerging in East Street against all odds, the decision to remove this part of the historic town centre area from the plan is just plain crazy. You may already have received a copy of our flyer regarding the car parks through your door, but if got thrown out with the wrapping you can still read it here. If you use the East Pallant car park and are concerned about the future of East Street, please write to the three ward councillors at the addresses given in the flyer.
The West Street Dominos Pizza application, resubmitted rather cynically over the holiday period will continue to occupy us in the weeks ahead and we’re delighted once again to have the commitment of our ward councillors on the side of reason.
To read our comments on why this site, shown in the aerial view below, is completely unsuitable for the purpose, please take this link to our detailed post on the subject.
The six ward Councillors on the Development Management Committee on October 18th rejected the original application unanimously and given that there is no material change to this re-application we should expect the same result.
If you agree with us that this re-submitted application should be refused, please take the time to submit an objection by taking this link. Comments must be received by Wednesday 2nd January.
If you’re at a loss for words, feel free to take a look at our own response by taking this link.
To view a summary of all previous articles on this website relating to the applications submitted by Carrell’s for 39 West Street, please take this link.
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