Southleigh Park – Bargate Homes ‘Application for tree works’

In previous years, Havant Civic Society confined its interest to matters pertaining to the immediate town centre. As might be evident from some of our recent posts, we now place equal weight to matters affecting the surrounding area and this post represents one such example. It also shows, for a welcome change, a good example … Continue reading Southleigh Park – Bargate Homes ‘Application for tree works’

5-7 East street, the missing piece in the jigsaw

The missing piece in the East Street development jigsaw seems to have been found under the sofa. APP/20/00936 | Erection of 4 storey residential building comprising of 1 No one bed apartment and 7 No two bed apartments. | 5-7 East Street, Havant, PO9 1AA To make a comment on this application, please see the link at the bottom … Continue reading 5-7 East street, the missing piece in the jigsaw

Havant’s ‘Healthy Borough’ or Fortitudo’s ‘Healthy Profit’?

We've been looking a little harder at the old Southern Electric site on the corner of Petersfield Road and Bartons Road. Poole based developer Fortitudo Properties, have their sights set on building another McDonalds and another Costa Coffee on what really ought to be a northern gateway to Havant Town Centre. It seems that even … Continue reading Havant’s ‘Healthy Borough’ or Fortitudo’s ‘Healthy Profit’?

That Planning Reform debate…

There were some excellent contributions from a wide variety of backbenchers - notably mostly from the same side as our own Alan Mak MP. Having read with interest the submission that he put his name to, we were looking forward to his contribution to the debate, a summary of which can be found in today's … Continue reading That Planning Reform debate…

The Bartons Road Southern Electric site is aiming for the architectural wooden spoon

For those of you wondering what was under consideration for the Bartons Road / Petersfield Road former Southern Electric site, all has been revealed in this week's planning list. Click on the image to get the idea. That's another McDonalds and a 'Drive-thru' Costa at the top of the site, entrance from Bartons Road, with … Continue reading The Bartons Road Southern Electric site is aiming for the architectural wooden spoon

September Digest – A ‘perfect storm’ warning?

[Originally written as an email update to members] If you've been keeping an eye on the website, you'll be aware of the staggering amount of change happening around us.  If you haven't, then please take the time to follow the links in this email to read more detail.  While the primary focus of the Civic … Continue reading September Digest – A ‘perfect storm’ warning?

Planning Reform – Councillors are revolting!

Yes, you read that correctly. Following on from our post on the CPRE's take on the 'Planning for the Future' white paper, we're encouraged to read in the press today that 'a survey across Tory heartlands has revealed party representatives are baulking at ministers’ plans to sharply increase housing targets in electoral strongholds like Hampshire … Continue reading Planning Reform – Councillors are revolting!

Shoebox living – A warning for Havant?

A Sunday Times article on September 6 highlighted the issue of 'shoebox living', illustrated by a plan of six 'flats' in Southampton in a conversion from a former gas showroom. Retail unit converted to tiny flats in Shirley, Southampton. Developers are exploiting planning laws to convert empty banks, takeaways and barbers into tiny flats, causing … Continue reading Shoebox living – A warning for Havant?

North Street Arcade and its nitrate bill

You may have noticed the changes taking place during lock-down at the front of the North Street Arcade site. During the lockdown, the ill-starred Grastar Restaurant unit has been divided into two separate retail units while the former Dominos site has also been refurbished as a retail unit. The new flank walls suggest that the … Continue reading North Street Arcade and its nitrate bill