3 pieces of news :-
1. The skirmish to stop industrial development of the Barn at the western end of Lower Road has been won for the time being. The conditions under which the barn can be used will revert to those laid out in the planning application of 2016 and the rejection notice (APP19/01083) of 2020. Remember anyone can lodge a planning application at any time even if they do not own the land concerned. We implore you all to keep an eye out for creeping development (no need for curtain twitching!!) to avoid a repeat of the last 3 years.
2. On the 9th September HBC full council adopted all the amendments made by Cabinet. Unfortunately our deputation did not generate a proposal to remove H20 (land south of Lower Road) from the Local Plan 2036. The Local Plan will now go off to the Minister of State for confirmation of its legality and soundness. It should be possible (if invited) for us to give evidence to an Independent Inspector at EiP as to why the proposal for the development of H20 should be removed from the Local Plan.
3. Bargate have lodged an appeal against the DMC decision to reject their planning application (APP/19/00427) on 5th March 2020. The exact detail of the timing and format of this process is uncertain at this point in time but we will keep you informed. It is possible that the Independent Inspector at EiP could determine before the appeal is heard.
Stay safe and positive,
We currently face 2 issues:
The Bargate Application AAP/19/00427.
This was rejected by DMC on 5th March 2020.
Firstly, Bargate can appeal this decision but they are running out of the statutory time available to make an appeal.
Secondly, They are however able to make a new application at any time.
Thirdly, they may decide to do nothing.
Running alongside APP/19/00427 is the development of HBC Local Plan 2036. This is a Central Government requirement of all planning authorities to produce.
In Havant we have already been consulted on the Local Plan and have made numerous comments. In June 2020 Cabinet met and made some changes to the Plan which they are now recommending to Full Council for adoption tomorrow. Of particular interest to Bedhampton is the continued inclusion of land south of Lower Road (H20) in the plan. This is despite the petition submitted in 2018, the extension of the Old Bedhampton Conservation Area in 2019 and the rejection of Bargate's planning application in March 2020.
These 3 events have been dismissed as being of no material significance and thus do not warrant an amendment to the Local Plan by removing H20 from the Local Plan. Hence, it has been decided to make a further deputation to Full Council. It is likely that our deputation will fail but all is not lost. The Local Plan 2036 if adopted by Full Council without amendment will proceed to Examination in Public at which time it is likely that an Independent Inspector will request evidence from Bedhampton Heritage Alliance as to why H20 should be removed from the Local Plan. Remember this is what happened in 2014!!!
Tomorrow at 5pm, 9th September 2020 there will be an extraordinary full Havant Borough Council Meeting in order to adopt Cabinet recommended changes to the HBC Local Plan 2036 before it is sent off to the Minister of State.
Follow the link to access all the meeting papers and notes:
Public Attendance. Members of the public are welcome to follow the meeting via the following link (please select the green ‘Join the Event’ button):
Further details of where we are at in the process and the deputation being made by Richard Jones (Bedhampton Heritage Alliance) on your behalf can be found on:
Deputation to Council 9th September 2020.
We elect councillors in the belief that they will safeguard our environs and us and when they leave office, they will have made things better than when they arrived.
At their induction, members will be advised of their powers and duties. Amongst these is the duty to have special regard to the desirability of preserving listed buildings or their setting. Old Bedhampton is the location of a cluster of listed buildings. One of them, “The Elms”, is uniquely the only domestic Grade II* building within the Borough.
Together with the adjacent Care Home, “The Lodge”, its setting is on the blind corners of Lower Road where, over time, increased numbers of vehicles, ramblers, joggers, dog walkers and cyclists have created a black spot for all users. Fortunately, the two recent personal injury accidents arose from cyclists being on top rather than under the cars. There are no possible highway measures to remedy these safety concerns.
Councillors also have a duty to pay special attention to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of Conservation Areas. A Conservation Area Review took place after the Lower Road site (H20) was included in the draft Plan. This identified non-designated heritage assets and buildings of local interest south of Lower Road. Findings suggest Bedhampton may predate Havant. It is founded on good water at the meeting point of ancient pre settlement strategic east west and north south routes. The remnants of the latter can be seen crossing H20 and leading out into Langstone Harbour at Broadmarsh.
Council drew a newconservation area boundary. It places H20 within its immediate setting. Officers then used their delegated powers to refuse consent for commercial use immediately west of this boundary and they included the detrimental impact upon the setting in the reasons for refusal.
In March, Development Management Committee (DMC) considered an application by Bargate for 50 dwellings on H20. H20 sits immediately east of the new boundary and a few metres from the retained boundary on the Lower Road bends. DMC unanimously refused consent. They paid ‘special attention’ and their reasons included the detrimental impact on the setting. They also judged, in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), that the harm would not be outweighed by the public benefits. The last EiP Inspector reached this same conclusion in relation to 15 dwellings.
Bargate said they spent two years preparing their proposal. It seems most unlikely that any proposal here would ever overcome the safety and sustainability obstacles and not inflict irreparable harm to the ancient heritage assets here. It would be morally wrong to raise false hope and to distort forecasts of housing delivery.
Over 1,700 people petitioned the Council in 2018 to remove site UE30 (now H20). Although receipt of the petition was reported it has yet to be debated in accordance with Council regulations. It said…
“We, the undersigned, petition Havant Borough Council to remove site UE30 (Land south of Lower Road) from any future consideration as a housing site in their Local Plan for one, some or all of the following overriding reasons:-
· The damage it will cause to the historic and landscape setting of the Old Bedhampton Conservation Area
· The irreparable harm it will cause to the ancient heritage of this part of the Borough
· The detrimental change that development will bring to the amenity and character of the area
· The added dangers that will arise on the blind corners and shared roadway of Lower Road and at the mini roundabout junction on Bedhampton Road as a result of significant additional traffic using the bends and making right turns into Brookside Road
· The failure to comply with government guidance and the core principle of protecting heritage assets contained in Paragraph 132 of the National Planning Policy Framework and Section 66(1) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990
· The ability to provide 50 houses on other less sensitive sites
· The precedent that would be set for future further development in this area
· Any public good that might be generated would not outweigh the harm and danger that would arise from the development “
As custodians, your heritage duties are not optional, pay special attention and regard to these assets and remove H20 from the Plan.
Safeguarding this heritage will provide more long-term public benefits for the future physical and mental well being of all citizens than 50 non-descript houses.
Bargate homes having given notice that they wish to appeal the rejection of their application to build 50 dwellings south of Lower Road by the Development Management Committee of Havant Borough Council on 5th March 2020.
To read what this means, please follow the link and read our resident planning guru's thoughts and also read Havant Friends of the Earth deputation to HBC on nitrates and nitrites.
Unfortunately we lost a mature oak tree from Scratchface Lane near Hillmead Gardens. A second tree has now been protected with a tree preservation order. A poem was left at the site which you may care to read. Follow the link.
I am told that HCC is investigating why a request for a TPO 10 years ago was not filed. This is a photograph of the tree. The date it was taken is being sought.
The July and august news letters can br read by following the link
Follow the link for news from our Police Community Support Officer and Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators and advisors.
Mr Michael Wood of Roman Way wishes you to consider the impact of a Co-Op replacing the Imperial Palace on Belmont Grove.
Click on the link to read his open letter to all residents.
Derek French remembers his early years in Bedhampton
1940 - 1947.
HBC's Cabinet met on 1st July and accepted all the recommendations by Officers to The pre-submission Plan. It will now got to Full Council, probably toward the end of July to be adopted so that it can be submitted to the Minister of State and be examined in public by an Independent Inspector for soundness and legal compliance. What does it mean for development sites in Bedhampton?
Read an update from our Community Police Team and NHW Coordinator. Click on the link below to see the full correspondence on our NHW page.
Read the guidance on the use of social media guidance.
The latest illegal phishing scams and advice on fishing (angling) legally.
The story so far.
Click on the link below to take you to Bedhampton Volunteers page.
There have been some important changes to the rules and guidance recently from both Central Government and Havant Borough Council. Catch up by following the link and Stay Alert.
To avoid frustration and disappointment please follow the link and read the new advice from Hants County Council. You will need an appointment to visit the tip from 15th June onwards.
Please read the short on how this scam works. The Government Programme would never ask for money. Follow the link for more information on how it works.
There has been an increase in antisocial behaviour. For more details follow the link.
Follow the link for more details.
A Gentleman from Hertfordshire has emailed with memories of "Puds Wall" which from his description was down Mill Lane toward The Marshes before the land was reclaimed and the A27 bypass was built. Has anyone got any memories or photographs of the area before 1960?
Despite "Lockdown" a lot has been happening in the Scouting World both in reality and virtually.
Due to the Coronavirus, 'LunchBank P09' have been amazing in the local community, but getting afternoon teas out to everyone. Bedhampton Community Centre opened up their facilities to help them to have the have the space to facilitate this. Thank you to both!
8 May 1945 – VE (Victory in Europe) Day – was one that remained in the memory of all those who witnessed it.
It meant an end to nearly six years of a war that had cost the lives of millions; had destroyed homes, families, and cities; and had brought huge suffering and privations to the populations of entire countries.
Lots and lots of you flocked to your front gardens to celebrate VE day on the 8th of May 2020. Although we had to abide by the social distancing rule, that didn't stop you from singing, dancing, and getting the community involved. It really will be a time to remember, and I hope you all had a great day celebrating but also remember all those 75 years ago.
Listen to Max Boyce recite "Only the tide goes out".
Read Pan Ayres latest "Time for us girls".
Yesterdays Zoom meeting with our Bedhampton ward councillors was very successful. 18 participants lasting an hour. The Imperial Palace's lease on their restaurant site expires in August and the Directors are adamant that it will not be renewed.
The future use of the site is thus now under consideration. There are now 2 planning applications on HBC website regarding the Imperial Palace site. They are both made on behalf of the Co-Op and can be accessed via the following links- https://planningpublicaccess.havant.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=DCAPR_247939&activeTab=summary https://planningpublicaccess.havant.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=DCAPR_247982&activeTab=summary
One is for the refrigeration plant and the second is for change of use necessitating some building works that do not fall within permitted rights. Remember you are able to make comments on both these applications on the above links, either for or against. Consultation expiry dates are 14th May and 26th May respectively.
However, a development like this could be considered an asset to Bedhampton in terms of facility and employment and which is supported by an organisation which has a well recognised reputation for respecting and supporting local communities. Other applications to develop the site may not tick as many boxes.
Hampshire residents are being asked to register their vehicles for continued automatic free access to Hampshire Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council said: “The County Council’s extensive network of HWRCs provides one of the most efficient, effective and convenient ways for residents to recycle and dispose of household waste in Hampshire. “We know that people living close to the Hampshire border often use Hampshire’s HWRCs, and we want to continue to accommodate them and encourage recycling. However, to make this fair to Hampshire council taxpayers who are already contributing to the £100million annual costs of dealing with Hampshire’s household waste, we are introducing a fee for non-Hampshire residents of £5 per visit.” A new resident permit system will begin operating later next year. It will be controlled by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and will ensure continued free access for Hampshire residents to any of Hampshire’s 24 HWRCs to dispose of household waste, while access for non-Hampshire residents will be for a fee of £5 per visit. Charges for non-household waste, including soil and rubble, plasterboard and asbestos remain.
Hampshire residents can register up to three vehicles via the Hampshire County Council website. The system will quickly check the registration of the cars coming into the site against the number plates that have been registered so that Hampshire residents can freely enter the sites as many times as they wish, without any further checks.
The introduction of this system will allow those living outside Hampshire to continue to use Hampshire HWRCs while making a contribution towards the costs of disposal of their household waste in Hampshire.
Hampshire residents, including those who live in Southampton and Portsmouth, will be able to register for free access to any Hampshire HWRC from 19 December 2019 at www.hants.gov.uk/vehicle-registration-hwrc
Over the busy Christmas and New Year period, visitors to Hampshire HWRCs will be encouraged to register ahead of their next visit, with the operational start date for the ANPR system to be determined early next year. There is no registration required for access to the Paulsgrove HWRC in Portsmouth. Hampshire residents who already hold a van or trailer permit do not need to re-register that particular vehicle. For residents without internet access, please call 0300 555 1389 to register.
Feedback from the public, and the issues that have been raised.