When a ‘last mile delivery centre’ was first proposed for Pfizer’s former site in New Lane in January 2021, the marketing flyer from the developer gave few hints of the extent to which that description was being stretched. The location’s constrained access to the UK strategic road network, via the town centre and nearby residential … Continue reading Amazon – The unanswered questions
Category: Planning Applications
Amazon – Kirklees 1, Havant 0
Fourteen months ago when we were reflecting on the planning committee's ill-judged decision on the second Amazon planning application, one of the local authorities that we used as a reference source was Kirklees Council. How refreshing it was, therefore, to read in Saturday’s Times that a small local Yorkshire village pressure group had succeeded in … Continue reading Amazon – Kirklees 1, Havant 0
Happy New Year! Havant’s going back to the future in 2023
If you were keeping an eye on the News over the festive period, you might have spotted this photograph of Havant from October 1989. With a freshly demolished area where the Meridian Centre currently sits and a surface car park on the Bulbeck Road site, it presents a useful vision of how the town might … Continue reading Happy New Year! Havant’s going back to the future in 2023
‘Land at Palk Road’ Development Consultation Forum
The Development Consultation Forum is a platform for a developer to share their proposal with the council and interested community groups along with the public before moving onto the planning application stage. For further details of the objective of the Development Consultation Forum, look at the Havant Borough Council DCF page here. The good news … Continue reading ‘Land at Palk Road’ Development Consultation Forum
Lidl – Another ‘final straw’ for the Asda roundabout?
At the meeting of the Planning Committee on 30th June, approval was given to the planning application for the new Lidl store beside the B&Q site in northern Bedhampton. While this hardly came as a surprise to those who regularly watch the activities of the Planning Committee, it seems that the Committee and its chairman, … Continue reading Lidl – Another ‘final straw’ for the Asda roundabout?
Havant’s heritage. Should we refurbish it, or just rip it up and start again?
That is the topical question posed by a BBC Radio documentary program last week. If you've half an hour to spare, take the link and listen, especially if you work for Havant Borough Council and your brief includes Planning, Economic Development or Regeneration. The subject is not only relevant to the Council's plans to 'demolish … Continue reading Havant’s heritage. Should we refurbish it, or just rip it up and start again?
HBC, planning applications and a little matter of trust
Updated - 22 October Updated - 20 December It might surprise you to know that 81% of the residents of Havant trust their council. With the national average score being just 64%, which in itself would seem a commendable result, that must put Havant Borough Council right up near the top of the league table … Continue reading HBC, planning applications and a little matter of trust
The 32 New Lane ‘intended occupier’? The News believes it to be Amazon
A typically tabloid headline which, if true, will be pounced on by Havant Borough Council for their next press release. The real number appears towards the end of the article. If we are to believe the content of the planning application, there will be just over 70 permanent jobs, at least some of which we … Continue reading The 32 New Lane ‘intended occupier’? The News believes it to be Amazon
The 32 New Lane planning decision – as it happened
Preface There are four video clips covering the entire agenda item of the meeting in this post. If you want to understand how planning decisions are taken at HBC, then this is as good a place as any to start. We've left off the boring piece at the beginning, though it does contain some interesting … Continue reading The 32 New Lane planning decision – as it happened
32 New Lane, Vectos and Mr. Dix’s difficulty with numbers.
At yesterday's planning committee meeting, had anybody actually been listening, rather than just making up the numbers, they'd have picked up at first hand the difficulty we've had making sense of the Vectos transport documentation associated with the 32 New Lane planning application. Read on, then look at the table and listen to the clip … Continue reading 32 New Lane, Vectos and Mr. Dix’s difficulty with numbers.
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