Havant Borough Council opens Local Plan dialogue

Friday, 17 December, 2021

Havant Borough Council has sent its formal response to the Planning Inspectorate following their latest query over the Local Plan - the document which will define and enforce suitable development for the borough.

The council seeks to work with inspectors to agree changes to make the Local Plan sound and provide a policy framework for the borough to inform the planning decisions that need to be made.

There are planning applications for more than 1,000 homes already with the council which will need to be determined.

The council is looking to make sure that these planning applications are determined in a coordinated way, through a Local Plan – this will get the best outcomes for our residents and businesses.

Due to some concerns over the plan’s contents, the inspectors have recommended that the plan be withdrawn from examination and a new plan put together – however, the council suggests a suspension whilst remaining issues are ironed out in collaboration with the inspectors.

Councillor Alex Rennie, Leader of the council, said: "If our Local Plan is withdrawn as the inspectors have suggested, we will be in a policy vacuum which will exacerbate unwanted, ad-hoc development in the borough – which is absolutely not what we want.

“We want to work closely with the inspectors to address their concerns and requirements, therefore we have suggested a suspension in the process to allow for further work to take place. Our Local Plan is a shield against speculative development and therefore we want to get it right."

To view the inspector's original queries - and the council's formal response - visit our local plan examination webpage.