Portsmouth Water – Flooded with objections?

It seems that when we wrote this piece back on August 5, we were not alone in questioning the 'evidence' provided by Portsmouth Water's 'consultants'. Almost two weeks later, on August 17, the Environment Agency made the same point as a mandatory consultee: (Note*: It took a further week before this letter was loaded to … Continue reading Portsmouth Water – Flooded with objections?

If you’re one of the 20,000 patients of the Bosmere Medical Centre, this directly affects you.

After two years of public silence by our Councillors, the long awaited planning application for the new Portsmouth Water Company headquarters building at the back of the Bosmere Medical Centre in Solent Road has finally been loaded to the Havant Borough Council Planning 'Public Access' portal. While several alternative access points have been suggested, Portsmouth … Continue reading If you’re one of the 20,000 patients of the Bosmere Medical Centre, this directly affects you.

The ‘Pfizer site’ at 32 New Lane – “When you’re in a hole, stop digging”

We're getting tired of reporting on this one. We're certainly tired of wading through the nonsense that the applicant's 'transport consultant' turns out. The Kingsbridge application to redevelop the old Pfizer cold store site at 32 New Lane might have seemed like a bright idea to somebody who doesn't know the town, but for local … Continue reading The ‘Pfizer site’ at 32 New Lane – “When you’re in a hole, stop digging”

Persimmon Homes makes a grab for the Southmere ‘Hay meadow’

Here's another developer trying it on with an application for outline planning permission. The site in question is the Southmere Hay Meadow (click the link to open the application). This site will be well known to all who drive between Havant and Hayling as being the last piece of green space to the west of … Continue reading Persimmon Homes makes a grab for the Southmere ‘Hay meadow’

Havant Borough Council wins creative writing award

Yesterday's press release from Havant Borough Council raised more than a few eyebrows among our members and peer groups. HBC have issued a press release on the subject of 'the Warblington Farm initiative' before and the residents' reaction this time is broadly similar. The HBC submission in the 'Planning for the natural environment' category of … Continue reading Havant Borough Council wins creative writing award

Taking Responsibility for Traffic Management

Updated 18/4/2021 07:00 Background to this article A planning application is under review for an unnamed international warehousing and distribution company to set up a 'last mile delivery' operation at the former Pfizer site in New Lane. The 24/7, three shift operation will provide the base for more than 800 delivery vans servicing Hampshire, Sussex … Continue reading Taking Responsibility for Traffic Management

32 New Lane – The full story on traffic and jobs?

Updated – 03-4-2021:Read the main story hereRead our media comment hereRead our ‘Fact check’ post hereConsultation on this plan officially closes on Tuesday but comments can still be made online after that date. If you feel strongly about this, please do make your views known. Full details are given in the 'Main story' post, see the link … Continue reading 32 New Lane – The full story on traffic and jobs?

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?

Online public meetings

Over the past few months, many of us have become accustomed to holding meetings online using the various technologies available and it seems a common view that these meetings have been surprisingly productive. If nothing else, this morning's HCS Committee Zoom meeting served to reinforce our lack of diversity! (Expect to hear more of this … Continue reading Online public meetings

Nutrient neutrality and the HBC Warblington Farm ‘initiative’.

While we welcome a positive news story for Havant, we should put today's press release from Havant Borough Council into a broader context and in doing so perhaps remove some of the political spin. (To read the original press release from DEFRA et al, from which most of the text of the HBC press release … Continue reading Nutrient neutrality and the HBC Warblington Farm ‘initiative’.