An application has been submitted this week, by Persimmon Homes, for part of this area, which is proposed for housing in the Draft Local Plan 2036. Yet another application coming in ahead of the plan being adopted and approved.
Details can be found by using this link:
APP/18/01033|Land East of Castle Avenue.
Residents living in Bellair, Connaught, Montgomery and Oaklands Roads as well as Pine Grove have approached the Council regarding concerns about the volume of parked cars, vans and motor homes in these roads. Some vehicles are left for weeks on end taking up space where residents and visitors could park.
The problem has worsened in recent weeks since the Emsworth Postal Sorting Office closed and relocated to East Street in Havant. Seven Royal Mail vans now have parking permits for the Borough Council’s car park alongside The Spring in East Street. This has resulted in, not only the relocated postal staff but also those who can no longer find space by The Spring looking to park in the roads mentioned above.
This, together with inconsiderate driving, is making parking much more difficult for residents and visitors in these roads. In addition the greater density of parking has made road cleaning almost impossible, as well as producing more litter than normal.
“I am writing on behalf of Havant Civic Society, to register our reservations about this application.
Our main concern is the loss of the existing flat, at a time when Havant Borough Council are having to provide sites for over 9,000 homes for the period up to 2036. Whilst it may not be an ideal family home, it might work for those on a low income, who are dependent on public transport. It is close to local schools and doctor’s surgeries, whilst Havant Park could provide recreational space. Alternatively, it may also work for a group of 3 to 4 sharers. Another option might be to convert the narrower, rear half of the building into a 2 bedroom house.
On the conservation front, we feel that it would be a retrograde step to remove the two chimneys. They may no longer serve any purpose but they are a distinctive, contemporary feature of the building, which enhance, not only the building itself but also the streetscape. Taking them away would detract from the building, which is, after all, in the St Faith’s Conservation area.
A final observation, is to query the need and/or logic in replacing the two large windows on the south elevation with ordinary domestic windows. Retail outlets surely need potential customers to be able to see what they have on offer. That will be particularly difficult in the case of the proposed rear unit, which will have just a single domestic sized window.
Overall, we feel that this application needs to be rethought, so that the building continues to provide an element of accommodation, as well as sensible retail space and without any further alteration of its existing period appearance.
Christopher Evans, Committee member – planning.”
pp Havant Civic Society.
To look at the application in detail, use this link:
Forum 45 – Land West of the Crematorium, Bartons Road, Havant
Proposal – 81 new homes plus ancillary open space, including community orchard. The community orchard, open space and drainage details include land within East Hampshire District Council.
Tuesday 14 August 2018, Council Chamber, Public Service Plaza, Display from 5.30pm, Meeting 6.00-8.00pm
Case Officer: David Eaves
Whilst this is outside our specific area of interest, it’s another instance of proposed greenfield development and would impinge on the present peaceful setting of The Oaks crematorium.
Two of this week’s planning applications have attracted our attention, both in West Street.
The first, is for the former HSBC site on the corner of West Street and Park Road South and is for a “Change of use from a former bank (Class A2) to a hot food takeaway (Class A5).”
Apart from ” does Havant really need another fast food outlet?”, the serious concern is the amount of litter that these types of operation generate, which doesn’t get cleaned up rapidly enough and leaves a poor impression on visitors.
Former HSBC site
The second is an outline application, for the erection of three, two bed dwellings on land to the rear of 70-76 West Street.
This a brownfield site which, in part, lies to the rear of the former Cobden Arms public house. At first glance, this seems a sensible use of what is currently wasteland. However, we would welcome any informed comments via the website or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Land to the rear of 70-76 West Street
A press release from Homes England posted by Havant Borough Council this morning gives outline details of possible funding for the redevelopment of the Civic Campus site.
Use the link below to read more.
New housing funding
This is the latest application for this site, which already has outline planning permission.
To see what’s proposed go to this link.
Back in April the local branch of The Twentieth Century Society organised a walk round Havant, when HCS were represented by committee member Christopher Evans. A report of the walk has recently been published on the Twentieth Century Society’s own website. To read and learn more about some of our local buildings, click on the link below.
Twentieth Century Society visits Havant