Independent examination of Havant Borough Council’s Local Plan

Friday, 9 July, 2021

During the week starting Monday 12 July, the Local Plan submitted by Havant Borough Council to central government will enter its first independently managed hearings which will address strategic issues previously raised by key parties.

The hearings will be held online and anyone can follow proceedings as they happen.

Over several years, and with resident participation throughout, Havant Borough Council has developed a definitive document which will inform and guide long-term development within the borough.

The hearings will be managed by inspectors appointed by the Secretary of State. This set of hearings will focus on strategic matters and address previously-raised issues regarding soundness and legal compliance within the Local Plan.

Hearings can be viewed live. Morning sessions are expected to start at 9.30am, and afternoon sessions expected from 1.30pm.

“I am pleased to see us reach this important step of the Local Plan process, particularly as many residents will be heard by the inspectors," said Councillor Clare Satchwell, Cabinet Lead for Planning, Hayling Seafront Strategy and Coastal Management.

"We invite all residents and businesses to watch the hearings online and see for themselves the considerable efforts made to provide a robust, long-term plan for future development in the borough."

More information - including a draft programme for the hearings.