Evidence base studies

The Core Strategy and Allocations Plan were founded on a thorough understanding of the needs, opportunities and constraints of the borough. The evidence base studies below were critical in preparing both plans. A number of these studies have now been superseded by studies which have been prepared to support the Havant Borough Local Plan 2036.

Climate change and energy studies

Climate change is a major issue for the global and local agenda. In order to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change a range of evidence will be used in the future planning of the borough. These include an energy study to ensure that the growing concern regarding renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change can be considered as part of the Local Plan.

In 2005 Savills produced a study of the renewable energy options for the borough. The study looks at national guidance and the potential application of different technologies to the borough and to three example sites. In terms of renewable energy technology and policy there has been significant development since this report was produced. Nevertheless it contains useful evidence of the applicability of renewable technology to the borough.

Duty to co-operate

The purpose of this statement is to provide an overview of the key issues under the Duty to Co-operate and evidence of the ongoing discussion and collection of evidence that is being undertaken in order to meet the requirements with regard to the publication version of the Havant Borough Local Plan (Allocations).

Employment studies

Employment evidence base for the Local Plan includes the Employment Land Review and PUSH wide studies and other employment evidence base documents.

Flooding issues

A major objective of the Local Plan is to plan, adapt and mitigate against the risk of flooding and coastal erosion by avoiding development within existing and future flood risk areas. Evidence base includes the North Solent Shoreline Management Plan, Integrated Water Management Strategy and Strategic Flood Risk Assessment.

Gaps between settlements and landscape studies

The Landscape evidence base includes the Havant Borough Townscape, Landscape and Seascape Character Assessment, the Landscape Sensitivity Study, the Gaps Study, Local Green Spaces and reports relating to the Habitat Regulations.

Further evidence base studies

Includes Appropriate Assessment of the Core Strategy; Biodiversity Action Plan; Green Infrastructure Strategy; Open Spaces Plan; Solent Disturbance and Mitigation Project and Solent Waders and Brent Goose Strategy.

The aim of this theme is to encourage healthier and more active lifestyles, enhance local culture and improve wellbeing. Includes the evidence base for environmental health and local green spaces.

Housing evidence base studies for the Local Plan including the 2008 Housing Viability Assessment for Havant Borough and an updated Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).

Infrastructure comprises the framework of services and facilities which are essential for the quality of life. It is important that new development is co-ordinated with the infrastructure it requires Links to HCC School Places Plan 2009, HBC Infrastructure Background Paper 2007 and latest Infrastructure Delivery Plan.

Background papers relating to car parking provision within the borough.

Background papers relating to retail provision within the borough.

These assess Havant Borough’s existing and emerging local plan policies in order to determine the degree to which they are compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Assessment includes the Core Strategy and emerging Allocations Plan.

Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. Link to PUSH report: South Hampshire Strategy A framework to guide sustainable development and change to 2026 and other Sustainability Reports supporting the local plan.

Evidence base information that will inform The Local Plan on the tourism economy of the borough. Includes Havant Hotel Futures Report and Havant Tourism Economic Impact Assessment.

Havant Borough Council will work in partnership with the National and Regional transport agencies, such as the Highways Agency, Hampshire County Council, Transport for South Hampshire and the rail and bus providers to improve transport throughout the borough.

First assessment and recommendations of Travelling Showpeople’s accommodation needs in Hampshire, March 2008 and 2013 Travellers Accommodation Assessment.

Includes work on the Publication Allocations Plan and the Community Infrastructure Levy.