The good, the bad and the ugly – Another 444 homes in 3 planning applications

Here's an update on 3 planning applications totalling 444 proposed new homes currently in the planning process for the area surrounding Havant Town. They split neatly into three categories, the good, the bad and the downright ugly. So first, the Good: 'Cabbagefield Row', 150 affordable homes on the shore of the Havant Thicket reservoir At … Continue reading The good, the bad and the ugly – Another 444 homes in 3 planning applications

Risky business – HBC and EHDC figure in Times Investigation

Click the image below to read the article, from The Times, 17 September 2021. 'A spokesman from the ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “Councils should not take excessive risks with taxpayers’ money in pursuit of commercial income.”' © Times Newspapers Table from the print edition

Gazebo Garden – Plant sale on Saturday!

The Autumn is a very good time for planting out into the garden; the soil is still warm and the plants get well established before flowering. As part of Havant  Borough Green Week, there will be a plant sale on Saturday, 18th September in the Gazebo Garden, between 10am and 12 noon. Martin Hampton, our local … Continue reading Gazebo Garden – Plant sale on Saturday!

We ‘seem to have misunderstood the Freeport Opportunity’

Updated - August 31 21:35 - 'Official' Solent Freeport map added at bottom of post. This will be our last word on the 'opportunity' given that it appears to have mostly 'gone west'. (Be warned, this post also strays to the west so if your attention span doesn't include 'Southampton', look away now.) Earlier this … Continue reading We ‘seem to have misunderstood the Freeport Opportunity’

Planning Inspector puts HBC on the spot regarding town centre housing numbers

The  Havant Borough Local Plan  Examination, Stage 1 Hearings, were held online from Monday 12th July to  Friday 16th July.  The Stage 2  sessions will be held in September. A link to the 'Examination in Public' recording for each day can be found here.  If you just want to see a sample of the proceedings … Continue reading Planning Inspector puts HBC on the spot regarding town centre housing numbers

It’s all about water…

Here's another of our little map overlays. You can pause it any time you want by using the control in the top right hand corner. The base map is from the UK Govt 'Flood map for planning', which you can find at this link. This is the map that the 'ordinary man' checks to verify … Continue reading It’s all about water…

The Solent Freeport – an update

You may remember that we wrote a piece way back in March on the Solent Freeport bid, asking just what it might mean for Havant. At the time, we drew a map outlining where we expected the Solent Freeport 'outer boundary' to be, since the bid documentation linked to that previous post failed to disclose … Continue reading The Solent Freeport – an update

Portsmouth Water – Yet another incoming planning application

Wearing one of my other hats, I recently attended a meeting of the Bosmere Medical Practice Patient Participation Group (PPG). These occasional meetings have been scheduled over lunchtimes throughout the current pandemic given that the practice doctors and staff have no other time to spare. To be honest, they even struggle to make that time … Continue reading Portsmouth Water – Yet another incoming planning application

Planning Committee overturns Planning Officers’ recommendation, unanimously voting for an ‘unsatisfactory living environment’

The life of a planning officer is never particularly easy round here, particularly when they have their well researched recommendations overturned by the elected members of the Planning Committee who, by doing so, call into question their own motives. Last night's Planning Committee meeting was a case in point. The application under consideration (for the … Continue reading Planning Committee overturns Planning Officers’ recommendation, unanimously voting for an ‘unsatisfactory living environment’