5 – 7 East Street, Havant.

An update on this location where previously granted planning applications have yet to result in any construction. HBC have now received a request to vary Condition 2 of Planning Permission APP/17/01187 as follows: “Following the demolition of the facades (No’s 5 and 7 East Street) facing onto East Street, a stretch of of hoarding shall be secured in their place with immediate effect”.

This may well have resulted from recent complaints about the lack of security of the site and rubbish being left in the doorways. Whether it’s an indication that construction work is about to begin is anybody’s guess.

APP/17/01187 was in itself a variation of Condition 2 of APP/17/00061. Links below provide the details.

APP/17/01187

APP/17/00061

The “Railway Cottages”, Langstone Road.

Following the disastrous fire last December, a planning application has recently been submitted for their rebuilding.

The site is more formally known as 59 & 61 Langstone Road. The term “Railway Cottages” is something of a misnomer, as the cottages were late 18th century and thus predated the Hayling Billy line by 70+ years. It was just happenstance that they eventually lay close to the line and were, at some point, lived in by railway staff.

The application proposes rebuilding as a single 3 bedroom house. It was apparently the applicant’s original intention, prior to the fire, to seek to convert the cottages into one dwelling.

There are some concerns locally about the height of the new building, the redesign of the porch on the south elevation and the loss of some of the chimney pots. There are also worries that the outside privy, which was badly damaged in the fire might be lost.

We would suggest that, in addition to looking at the various plans, photos and other documents, you take time to read the Design, Access & Heritage Report and consequently have provided a separate link for that, in addition to one for the application as a whole.

Design, Access & Heritage Report.

APP/19/00837 | Replacement cottage | 59 & 61 Langstone Road, Havant, PO9 1RB

Six Bells public house, North Street.

A recent planning application for this site, proposes converting the ground floor into a one bedroom flat and a two bedroom flat.

We have objected to this, as we consider that this should remain a commercial unit in some form or other. North Street at ground floor level is still, predominantly, a mix of retail, food and other service industry businesses and we could see no justification for moving away from that.

We understand that Councillor Tim Pike has a similar view and will seek to have the application referred to the planning committee, should the planning department decide to approve it.

The application details can be found at:  APP/19/00807

Warblington School is now a Listed Building.

This was announced by Historic England yesterday.

“Warblington Secondary School, Southleigh Road, Havant, Hampshire – Awarded Listed Building Status

List Entry Number: 1459138

 

Following your application to add the above building to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, we have now considered all the representations made and completed our assessment of the building. I am delighted to inform you that having considered our recommendation, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add Warblington Secondary School to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The building is now listed at Grade II.”

H16| Land east of Castle Avenue.

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.

Parking in Bellair and surrounding roads.

Post Office vans.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.

 

Our comments on the proposed change of use for 40 North Street.

“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.
Regards,
Christopher Evans, Committee member – planning.”
pp Havant Civic Society.
To look at the application in detail, use this link:

Development Consultation forum – Land west of the crematorium, Bartons Road.

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.

Location plan

Briefing notes