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?
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.
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”
Kingsbridge Developments have added further documents to the set they submitted in February for the 32 New Lane Planning Application. Following our earlier reports on the likely impact of allowing such a traffic generating business in the middle of a town already constrained by peak time traffic issues, Kingsbridge and their Transport Consultant, Vectos, went … Continue reading Kingsbridge re-imagine the traffic numbers for the ‘Pfizer site’ application
Havant Civic Society keeps a watchful, and we hope constructive, eye on Havant Borough Council’s Regeneration Strategy. We note that the strategy is framed almost entirely in terms of building projects, both commercial and residential, with little mention of the necessary underpinning infrastructure. In our modern, digital world, fast and reliable broadband is an essential … Continue reading Ultrafast Broadband for Havant – An Opportunity
We've spent three years waiting for the official Regeneration Programme to happen, and like most things around here, the town just seems to have got on with the job itself. We suspect that Peter Galloway might have had something to do with oiling the wheels that finally made this possible since no one at Havant … Continue reading The DIY regeneration of Havant continues
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
Whoa! Steady on! We've been joking about the tumbleweed and the infamous 'Six Billboards inside Havant, Hampshire' for so many years now that it doesn't seem possible that in this past twelve months of lockdown something has actually changed. The hoardings are down, the billboards have gone, and this has at last risen from the … Continue reading Regeneration – At Last!
For those unsure of the reference, or those fortunately too young to recall, here's a reminder. Yesterday afternoon, Havant Borough Council's Cabinet officially closed down the Civic Centre Car Park Redevelopment project, Phase 1 of the Havant Regeneration Programme. As most of you will know, there's a fair amount of history involved in this one … Continue reading This Regeneration Programme isn’t dead, it’s just resting
If you go and look at the Havant Regeneration Programme marketing website at the moment, this is what you'll see. A rather unprofessional window into the state of governance over the programme and certainly not the impression that HBC should be presenting to the external investors that they desperately need to attract. But maybe there's … Continue reading Regeneration update – Now this is never a good look!