Havant Borough Local Plan (Core Strategy)

The Local Plan is important as it sets out how our borough will look and feel in the future. The plans will influence planning applications and they will also ensure that there is space for the new housing and employment that we must provide. 

The planning system has to balance different views and often make difficult decisions but an integral part to formulating a Local Plan and its associated documents is community involvement and consultation, this is reiterated through the introduction of the Localism Act 2011.

The Act aims to give power back to local communities and authorities through the introduction of 'Neighbourhood Planning'.

Development plan

This the starting point for decision making in planning in Havant Borough and all local authorities in England. This is made up of adopted Local Plans and neighbourhood plans. 

The Development Plan for Havant Borough comprises:

The above documents make up the Adopted Local Plan. In order to address the high need for new housing in the borough, the council is reviewing the Adopted Local Plan.

The first step in this review was the adoption of the Local Plan Housing Statement (LPHS) on 7th December 2016.

Should any communities wish to progress Neighbourhood Plans, these will also form part of the Development Plan when they have been through the appropriate processes.

Neighbourhood planning 

Neighbourhood planning was introduced in the Localism Act (November 2011), to enable local communities to take more control over planning for development in their areas.

Neighbourhood planning is designed to be a positive process, aimed at planning for new development to meet local needs. It cannot be used to stop development in an area, but it can help to shape and guide where development is located.

Potential benefits:

  • Allow communities to take responsibility for deciding the future of their area
  • Gain an understanding of local issues and how to address them
  • Opportunity to bring a community together

Potential disadvantages:

  • Difficult issues will need to be dealt with
  • Will require extensive resources and commitment, lengthy process
  • Unlikely that everyone in the community will be happy with the outcome

There are many other ways in which local communities can be involved in planning for the future of their area, for example through the preparation of Village Design Statements (Design Statements are a material consideration in the determination of planning applications).

More information on Neighbourhood Plans can be found by following the external link.

The Planning Advisory Service has produced a number of helpful publications on neighbourhood planning, which can also be viewed by following the external link.

Information on Village Design Statements can be found by following the link on this page to 'Related Pages'.

Other material considerations

Supplementary Planning Documents form part of the Local Development Plan and other planning policy documents.  They may cover a range of issues (thematic or site specific) which provide further details to policies in Development Plan Documents. They will not go through independent examination but will be subject to community consultation.  

There are are number of other documents listed that are also a material consideration when making a planning application in Havant Borough:

  • Borough Design Guide SPD adopted 14 December 2011
  • Housing SPD adopted 27 July 2011
  • Havant Public Service Village SPD adopted February 2010
  • Residential Parking and Cycle Provision SPD adopted March 2010
  • Havant Town Centre Urban Design Framework SPD adopted April 2006
  • Leigh Park Strategic Framework SPD adopted July 2006
  • Waterlooville Town Centre Urban Design Framework SPG adopted October 2004
  • Provision and Improvement of Playing Space for new Housing Development SPG adopted November 2004
  • Hayling Seafront Masterplan
  • Employment and Skills Plan Guidance Note

Additional monitoring reports and a large number of evidence base documents will also be produced as part of the Local Plan.

We have an adopted Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule which was approved by the council on 20 February 2013. CIL was implemented from 1 August 2013.