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Local plan newsletters

Here you will find up-to-date information on the Local Plan and its supporting documents.

 
 

July 2017 – An update on the Draft Local Plan 2036

A recap on the Local Plan Housing Statement (LPHS)

The Adopted Local Plan sets out local planning policies and identifies what development should take place and where. It is made up of the Core Strategy (2011) and the Allocations Plan (2014). In order to address the need for new housing in the borough up to 2036, the council is reviewing the Adopted Local Plan.

The Local Plan Housing Statement was the first step in this review and was adopted on 7th December 2016.  The Housing Statement is a clear position statement as to which sites the council considers could deliver sustainable development to address the housing need up to 2036; providing that the necessary infrastructure is provided alongside new housing.

The Draft Havant Borough Local Plan 2036

While a great deal of evidence was prepared to support the Local Plan Housing Statement, more is needed to fully inform the Local Plan. Work is ongoing to pull this evidence together and prepare the draft plan.

As part of the evidence, Havant Borough Council has commissioned a borough-wide Transport Assessment and an Infrastructure Delivery Plan.  Unfortunately there have been delays to the modelling work which informs these studies. It is essential that these two studies fully inform the Draft Local Plan. As a result, the consultation on the Draft Havant Borough Local Plan 2036 is now scheduled to take place early in 2018. We will continue to keep you updated on the timetable as things progress.

Further information on the Draft Local Plan 2036 can be found here.

An update on the Draft Master Plan for the area between Denvilles and Emsworth

As part of the Local Plan Housing Statement (LPHS), the council identified the land between Denvilles and Emsworth as suitable for a comprehensive development which would provide much needed infrastructure alongside new housing.

Using a government grant, the council commissioned the architectural and urban design consultants Levitt Bernstein to assist in the development of the Draft Master Plan for the site.

It is essential that local residents are involved in developing the Draft Master Plan for the site.  As such, the council set up the Commonplace Online Questionnaire and hosted two workshops in March 2017 at the Emsworth Baptist Church.

Since the workshops, Levitt Bernstein has been working to produce the Draft Master Plan for the site from the comments received.

The Draft Master Plan will be presented in a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which will go out to public consultation at the same time as the Draft Havant Borough Local Plan 2036.

The main Draft Denvilles-Emsworth Master Plan webpage, as well as a link to the Commonplace website, can be found here.

The Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty SPD

Havant Borough Council adopted the Joint Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on 19th July 2017. 

The document provides guidance on how to produce appropriately designed development in the AONB and ensure a consistent approach in the Havant and Chichester areas. It will provide useful advice to those preparing planning applications to ensure that their development complies with planning policies applying specifically to the Chichester Harbour AONB.

A link to the SPD can be found here.

The Solent Recreation Mitigation Partnership (SRMP)

The Solent Recreation Mitigation Partnership (SRMP) is the formal name for the Bird Aware Solent initiative. This aims to raise awareness of the importance of the Solent coast for over-wintering waders and wildfowl and the impact that our use of the coast can have on those species.

It is a partnership of local authorities and nature conservation bodies.  It was set up to identify and implement measures in response to human recreational impacts on the Solent Special Protection Areas (SPAs).
Havant Borough Council is already implementing an Interim Strategy to mitigate the recreational impact of new housing on the Special Protection Areas (SPAs) along the Solent.

The SRMP invited interested individuals and organisations to comment on the Draft Definitive Strategy. This consultation has now concluded.

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Thank you for continuing to take an interest in the future development of the borough.  If you have any questions or want to discuss any of the above then please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Policy Team.  You can email us at policy.design@havant.gov.uk or call us on 02392 446539.

February 2017 – Implementing the Local Plan Housing Statement (LPHS)

Implementing the Local Plan Housing Statement (LPHS)

The Local Plan Housing Statement, which was formally adopted on 7th December 2016, is a clear position statement as to which sites the Council considers can deliver sustainable development to address the Borough’s housing need up to 2036; and will ensure that the necessary infrastructure is provided alongside new housing. The Housing Statement is an interim statement, a stepping stone in the development of the Havant Borough Local Plan 2036 (HBLP). It will be used when making decisions on planning applications for housing sites whilst the HBLP 2036 is in production.

Consultation on the Housing Statement highlighted that many residents have concerns in relation to infrastructure provision. To ensure that urgently needed infrastructure is delivered alongside new homes, the Council therefore will only favourably consider proposals on housing sites included in the LPHS where they are accompanied by a comprehensive ‘Infrastructure Delivery Statement’ which successfully demonstrates how the development in question will fully mitigate the impact on the borough’s infrastructure network.

It is expected that such statements are informed by meaningful and genuine engagement with Council officers and infrastructure and service providers. They should demonstrate that new housing can be delivered in a sustainable way. The Council has published a template and accompanying guidance in order to support developers and set out expectations for the production of Infrastructure Delivery Statements which is available to view at the below address.

Developers and agents progressing sites are also actively encouraged to engage with the Council’s pre-application advice service and to take part in a Development Consultation Forum as part of this process.

Update on Havant Borough Local Plan 2036

Following on from the Housing Statement, the Council is currently preparing the Draft Havant Borough Local Plan 2036 (HBLP 2036) which will provide a full set of policies to set out how future development will be delivered in the borough. It will eventually replace the adopted Core Strategy (2011) and Allocations Plan (2014) which together form the development plan for the borough.

Work is underway to update the Council’s evidence base to support the draft plan.  The draft plan will be subject to public consultation later this year (details of the timetable can be found below). As part of this process, the Council is continuing to look for further sustainable sites which will help meet needs for new housing, commercial and retail development to ensure the HBLP 2036 provides an appropriate development strategy for the borough.

A new timetable for the Havant Borough Local Plan 2036

As part of the adoption of the Housing Statement, the Council committed to consulting on a full ‘draft’ version of the Havant Borough Local Plan 2036. We have updated our Local Development Scheme which provides the project plan for the new Local Plan.

The Denvilles-Emsworth Design Workshops

Havant Borough Council has identified the land between Denvilles and Emsworth as suitable for a comprehensive development which would provide much needed infrastructure alongside new housing; Havant Borough Council is keen to involve local residents in developing a master plan for the site.

It is essential that when large sites are developed, this happens in a comprehensive manner with all the infrastructure planned alongside development. Following extensive research, and an assessment of all the land across the borough, the area between Denvilles and Emsworth has been identified as an area suitable for development, which would bring with it wider benefits if planned properly.

The masterplan will establish key design elements, such as:

  • A road layout, including the new junction with the A27
  • Local shops, facilities and a new school
  • The size, types and location of green spaces
  • How much and what kind of housing the site should provide

The master plan will set the framework for future planning applications, and provide greater certainty to both residents and future developers about what will be expected on the site. The masterplan will feed directly into Havant Borough Council’s work on the Local Plan 2036.

Using a government grant, we have engaged design and master planning experts.  Part of their work is to find out what residents in the area would like the development to be like.  Together with the consultants we are running two master planning workshops and an online questionnaire.

Thank you to all those who have signed up to our Design Workshops (“Charrettes”), which will be taking place on 2nd and 30th March 2017.  If you are not attending the workshops, then you can still let us know your thoughts and contribute to the design process by completing our online survey by 30th March 2017:

How is the Adopted Local Plan performing?

The Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) assesses and reports on the progress of the Adopted Local Plan and other planning policy documents.  In doing so, it monitors how successfully the policies of the Plan are being implemented.  The latest AMR covers the period from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016 and was published on 16 January 2017.

The Council has a positive strategy for growth and headlines in the latest AMR reflect this:

  • A net total of 584 dwellings were completed during the monitoring year. Of these, 165 were affordable homes (equivalent of 28%).
  • 27% of completions were built on previously developed land, sometimes referred to as brownfield land.
  • The housing need figure for Havant is 11,250 dwellings between 2011 and 2036. Using this figure, the five year supply has been calculated as 450 dwellings per annum.
  • The Council has continued to be active in managing flood risk, both through its involvement with the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership, and through on-site measures and close liaison with the Environment Agency and Emsworth Flood Risk Management Steering Group.
  • Comparison retail floor space completions have been exceeded in the east of the Borough by 14,034m2; however, a further 923m2 is required for the west.

January 2016 - Call for Sites 2016, How is the Local Plan performing? Parking Supplementary Planning Document – Consultation and Adoption

How is the Local Plan performing?

The Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) reports on the progress of the Local Plan and other planning policy documents. It also monitors how successfully the policies of the Local Plan are being implemented. The latest AMR is for the period 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015. The council has a positive strategy for growth and the latest AMR identifies a number of positive headlines:

  • There is an up-to-date five year supply of deliverable housing sites in the Borough, including a sufficient buffer to meet the flexibility requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
  • 492 new homes were completed during the reporting year, compared to our target of 315.
  • 39% of all housing completed was affordable.
  • A total of approximately 5,500 square metres of employment floor space and 5,500 square metres of retail floor space were completed.
  • A new Sainsbury’s store opened in Waterlooville in December 2014.
  • Marks & Spencer and Next branches are currently under construction next to Solent Retail Park.

Parking Supplementary Planning Document

We formally consulted on the Draft Parking Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) last summer. Comments received during the consultation were carefully considered and informed the final version of the SPD.

Our existing parking standards pre-date the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and as the government statement in March 2015 points out ‘the imposition of maximum parking standards leads to congested streets and pavement parking’. We consider that there is clear justification for local parking standards to ensure that there is adequate parking provision to support new development.

The new Parking SPD brings together all the Parking Standards into one document. Recognising that car ownership continues to increase in Havant, the SPD recommends minimum parking standards and sets an expectation of the amount of car and cycle parking to be provided for different types of development.

The SPD will be considered for formal adoption in February. Once adopted, the document will be a useful tool for applicants and agents to inform discussions with the Development Management Team on the levels of parking required for new development.

July 2015 - Consultations on the Draft Parking Standards Supplementary Planning Document and the Draft Planning Enforcement Plan

Draft Parking Supplementary Planning DocumentCover Image Draft Parking Standards SPD Public Consultation Friday 10 July to Friday 14 August 2015

Havant Borough Council is formally consulting on the Draft Parking Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The Council considers that there is clear justification for local parking standards to ensure that there is adequate parking provision both in new residential developments and around our town centres and high streets. The Draft Parking SPD will bring all the Parking Standards into one document. It recognises that car ownership continues to rise in the borough.

The SPD recommends minimum parking standards and sets an expectation of the amount of car and cycle parking to be provided for differing types of development. Once adopted, the document will be a useful tool for our customers to commence discussions with the Development Management Team on the levels of parking required for new development. Representations can be emailed to policy.design@havant.gov.uk or posted to the Planning Policy Team at the Public Service Plaza.

Draft Planning Enforcement Plan Consultation

Our planning colleagues in the Development Management Team are also running a consultation on the Draft Planning Enforcement Plan which also ends on Friday 14 August. The plan has been drafted to ensure there is a clear framework and a consistent approach to dealing with all planning enforcement cases across the borough.

January 2015 - How is the Local Plan Performing? Update on Waterlooville Major Development Area

How is the Local Plan Performing?

This is a web page edition of the local plan newsletter - further information on all subjects can be found by following the related pages link to the right hand side of this page The Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) reports on the progress of the Local Plan and other planning policy documents. It also monitors the extent to which the policies of the Local Plan are being implemented. The latest AMR is for the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014. The council has a positive strategy for growth and the latest AMR identifies a number of positive headlines:

  • Havant Borough Council is the first authority in Hampshire to have a fully adopted Local Plan and Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule in place.
  • There is an up-to-date five year supply of deliverable housing sites in the Borough of Havant, including a sufficient buffer to meet the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework.
  • 30% of all housing completed was affordable.
  • A total of 2,026 square metres of employment floorspace was completed during the reporting year.

Update on Waterlooville Major Development Area

The Major Development Area (MDA) at the West of Waterlooville continues to progress. Berewood Primary School opened in September 2014 to serve the MDA. Designed for twenty-first century teaching and learning, the school will gradually expand to a two-form entry to meet the needs of families moving into the area.

An Arts Advisory Panel has been established consisting of officer and member representatives of both Havant Borough and Winchester City Councils; the developers; local residents and the community officer. This panel oversees the practical delivery of the arts programme, including the development of the strategy and reports back to the West of Waterlooville Forum as appropriate.

To date, two art consultants have been appointed to deliver a programme of community events and consultations, two noticeboards have been designed by the community and installed. Plans for a large nursing home and care accommodation were approved in December. Councillors voted for the plans to build an 80-bedroom nursing home, together with 48 apartments for the elderly on land off Hambledon Road.

A new Sainsburys Supermarket opened in December. More than 350 jobs have been created at the Aston Road Store.

As part of the major development the company built a new ramp across Maurepas Way for pedestrians and cyclists. Work to enhance Hambledon Parade is now complete. The parade off Hambledon Road has over ten shops with a very busy thoroughfare for shoppers. The improvements to the area included the widening of the carriageway to allow better two way traffic flow within the parade whilst incorporating easier parking.

New paving and street furniture has also been installed together with an improved footway and cycle route.

The total cost of the project which was secured by developer funding from the MDA was £352,000.