HBC, planning applications and a little matter of trust

Updated - October 22 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 of 'trustworthiness'. The figure … Continue reading HBC, planning applications and a little matter of trust

The strange case of the disappearing Cabinet Meeting

Several people have been in touch today to say that they couldn't find the papers from last week's Cabinet Meeting. In fact, the Cabinet meeting of Wednesday 8 September had completely disappeared from the HBC Meetings Calendar. We took a look and couldn't find it either. It appears that the entry disappeared from the Council … Continue reading The strange case of the disappearing Cabinet Meeting

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

HBC votes for increased traffic while RegenCo gets the green light to spend more on consultants

This will be a brief update, our regular webmaster having taken a well-deserved break. There will be a couple of detailed posts coming in a few days as we outline below, but for now, if you've been away, just take the links in the text below to catch up. Over the past two evenings, the … Continue reading HBC votes for increased traffic while RegenCo gets the green light to spend more on consultants

RegenCo and the Part-time Borough Council

At the end of our previous post on the external consultancy which Havant Borough Council's Regeneration team have been paying for, we asked this question: "Which local consulting organisation boasted to its prospective clients in 2019 that it had produced a masterplan and investment approach aimed at revitalising and re-positioning the town centre of Havant?" The answer … Continue reading RegenCo and the Part-time Borough Council

Bargate making a grab for a quick buck again at Bedhampton

Regular readers will be aware of the struggle our friends in Bedhampton have had over Lower Road, well it's just taken the inevitable turn. There are those in our part-time Council who will doubtless be rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of another dent in the housing numbers! Another 43 houses squeezed in … Continue reading Bargate making a grab for a quick buck again at Bedhampton

Havant Regeneration – Accountability and Accounting

Regular readers will know that we've been following the progress of the Havant Borough Regeneration Programme since the early days of the 'Opportunity Havant Regeneration Strategy' back in 2018. Apart from a couple of false launches and a video, nothing much has been seen and since the first attempt at a Phase 1 Project - … Continue reading Havant Regeneration – Accountability and Accounting

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.

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’