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 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.

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

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

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’