Bargate Homes have submitted a new planning application (APP/20/01031) to HBC to build 50 new dwellings on land south of Lower Road. This is despite their previous application (APP/19/00427) having been rejected in March 2020 by HBC on the grounds that the development would not result in sufficient public good that would outweigh the harm to the Heritage and Conservation Area of Old Bedhampton. They have appealed against that decision. The appeal is scheduled to be heard by an Independent Inspector on 2nd February 2021.
We have noted that the new application does contain some minor changes to the layout of the site but nothing that will alter our responses made to the first application of 2019. However, as this is a new application it is important that we all respond to the consultation which ends on 11th Dec. 2020, even if it is to make the same comments as previously. We cannot assume that comments on the previous application will be considered again unless they are sent again. It would be sad if consultation fatigue were to be misinterpreted by Bargate and HBC planning department as an acceptance of the new plan by residents.
Havant Civic Society have recently written an article in response to the new Bargate application which does not pull any punches and also contains some good advice and links for responses.
The Lower Road article is currently marked as “Latest News” on the “Home” page. The site is of a very high quality and easy to navigate. It is gratifying to know we have allies and support outside of Bedhampton and that other parts of the borough do recognise and value its heritage gem in Bedhampton.
In the meantime, HBC are consulting solely on the final amendments to the Draft Local Plan before it is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. Deadline for comments 17th December 2020. Details on https://www.havant.gov.uk/localplan/consultation2020
INACTION AT THIS TIME COULD END IN AN UNINTENDED DISASTER.
OLD BEDHAMPTON NEEDS YOU TO PROTECT ITS HERITAGE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
Thank you for your support. Follow us on https://bedhamptonvillage.com/community-newsfor further updates to this fast-moving situation.
Consider joining the Havant Civic Society. It is only £4 per annum for an individual or £6 for a household. More details on their website. This is their only source of income for what is a not for profit organisation. It is run by volunteers who do an immense amount of good work safeguarding the Borough's heritage.
The Planning Inspectorate chose the inquiry process because the level of local interest in this application is substantial.
Currently, due to the current restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic it is envisaged that the inquiry will proceed as a virtual event on 2nd February 2021 for 4 days. That of course is subject to change if the Government advice changes.
HBC ref: APP/19/00427
Site Address: Land at Lower Road, Havant
Proposed Development: Development of 50 new dwellings together with access, landscaping and open space.
Planning Application Number: APP/19/00427
Planning Inspectorate's Appeal Reference: APP/X1735/W/20/3259067
Appeal Start Date: 14 October 2020 Appellant's Name: Bargate Homes
An appeal has been made to the Secretary of State against the decision of Havant Borough Council to refuse to grant planning permission.
The appeal will be determined on the basis of an inquiry. The procedure to be followed is set out in the Town and Country Planning Appeals (Determination by Inspectors) (Inquiry Procedure) (England) Rules 2000, as amended.
For any group or organisation who wish to take an active part in the Inquiry, the opportunity is available to apply for what is known as Rule 6 status. Although unusual, there is also scope for interested individuals to take part on the same basis. Rule 6 status means that you would be able to present your evidence on a formal basis and cross examine the evidence of others. You can find guidance at the following link:
Arrangements for the Inquiry are currently being finalised by the Planning Inspectorate. These will include a pre-Inquiry conference call with the lead parties to deal with procedural and administrative matters, including how the evidence will be heard. As a Rule 6 party, it is anticipated that you would also be a part of that process. If, having read the above guidance, you wish to apply for Rule 6 status and/or have any related questions, you should contact the Planning Inspectorate immediately. If you are interested but are unable to access the guidance electronically, again, you should contact the Planning Inspectorate who will try and assist.
If, having read the above guidance, you wish to apply for Rule 6 status it is essential that you contact the Planning Inspectorate immediately.
We have forwarded all the representations made to us on the application to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant. These will be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal.
If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do so online at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk. If you do not have access to the internet, you can send your comments to:
Mr Tim Salter
The Planning Inspectorate Room 3J Kite Wing Temple Quay House
2 The Square Bristol BS1 6PN
All representations must be received by 18th of November 2020. Any representations submitted after the deadline will not usually be considered and will be returned. The Planning Inspectorate does not acknowledge representations. All representations must quote the appeal reference.
Please note that any representations you submit to the Planning Inspectorate will be copied to the appellant and this local planning authority and will be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal.
The appeal documents can be inspected at the Planning Portal at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk or via Havant Borough Council Public Access pages. The customer service centre is closed during the Coronavirus (Covid 19) Pandemic, therefore if you cannot view the application electronically please contact Planning Services directly by written request or by telephone 02392 446530 between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
You can get a copy of one of the Planning Inspectorate’s “Guide to taking part in planning appeals” booklets free of charge from GOV.UK at
When made, the decision will be published online at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk
Please have a look at this short video before thinking of getting directly involved in the appeal.
Bargate Homes’ Appeal against rejection of their planning application APP/19/00427 by Havant Borough Council.
Although Bedhampton Heritage Alliance (BHA) has not got a formal mandate to represent local residents it does have a six-year record of safeguarding Old Bedhampton and its heritage assets within and surrounding the Conservation Area.
The Alliance intends to apply to the Planning Inspectorate for Rule 6 status to enable group representation at the Appeal Inquiry. If accepted, this will allow us to give evidence to the Inspector to support the refusal and question others giving evidence which will include the appellant (Bargate Homes) and Havant Borough Council.
BHA will need to decide whether we should engage the services of an advocate to represent our views under our instruction and we will liaise with HBC to determine the best way forward.
BHA feels that it should not be necessary for individual residents to apply for a Rule 6 status representation as such applications may not be accepted. However, an individual’s previously made representations on this Planning Application will be seen by the Inspector. It is also possible to revisit their original submission and if they wish to add or change anything, they can write to the Inspectorate quoting reference APP/X1735/W/20/3259067.
All the material can be viewed on the Havant Council web site as it is added (Ref APP/19/00427). However, if you support BHA representing you please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org confirming this and any other comments you wish to make together with anything you have sent to the Inspectorate.
An overview of the current development plans for Bedhampton and Government proposals for Havant Borough
This is Havant Borough Council's response to the Government white paper, "Planning for the Future".
A briefing note on on "Planning for the Future" from Civic voice
Read Alan Mak's letter to Rt. Hon. Robert Jenrick MP.
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Havant Borough Council urges government to reconsider proposed planning reforms
[Press release from HBC – 30-9-2020]
Havant Borough Council is urging central government to urgently reconsider its proposed planning system reforms which would see the number of homes in the borough nearly doubling.
The council has sent a formal response as part of the consultation and is robustly arguing against the proposed changes and highlighting the detrimental impact they would have on the borough.
The method currently used by government to calculate the minimum number of homes to be planned for is the Standard Housing Method. Each local authority has its own target, and Havant Borough Council’s current target is 504 new homes per annum. The proposed changes to the planning system would see this increase to 963 homes per annum – an increase of 91%.
Havant Borough Council considers itself a pro-development local authority with a history of swift action of developing Local Plans to meet informed and proven development need. Nonetheless, as a small, constrained and heavily urbanised local authority, site availability to meet housing need is extremely limited.
The council is currently in the final stages of developing a 15-year Local Plan which would see development at levels based on the current Standard Housing Method. The council is committed to building high level, quality, sustainable homes and this is achievable under the current Standard Housing Method with even a modest buffer.
The council recognises that development is needed because it ensures towns and communities stay relevant to the world around them and thrive in new opportunities that arise – but that the proposed new scale is too much for the borough.
Councillor Gary Hughes (Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Lead for Planning) said: “We have a moral obligation to meet the need for housing in our communities and make sure that our young people have the same opportunities that we have enjoyed. That is why I fully support our Local Plan’s provision of more than 500 new homes in the borough per year up to 2037.
“Nonetheless, with the amount of land that we have available, it is a struggle to get to this level and will require substantial intervention from the council to come close. To then propose almost doubling the figure is simply impossible and cannot be achieved.
“We are calling on the government to amend the proposed reforms to make sure that they are fair and realistic.”
Cllr Hughes’ robust response to government highlights that it would be impossible for the borough to meet the proposed new targets due to the constraints of the borough and the finite land available. Concern is also raised over the proposed targets forcing the council to allow any form of development, as under proposed changes it will also not have the capability to share housing targets with other authorities.
Furthermore, Councillor Hughes argues that The National Planning Policy Framework (which defines development for the nation) insists that all development meets three objectives – that they support local economic, social and environmental requirements. Councillor Hughes highlights that the proposed changes to the planning system contradicts existing policies which are known to support enhancing the natural, built and historic elements of our local environment.
‘Planning for the Future’ August 2020
- Min of Housing, Communities & Local Govt.
‘A Betrayal of Localism’ by Robert Booth
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HBRA held a small seminar with Caroline Dibden Vice-president CPRE (Campaign to Preserve Rural England) on the Planning White Paper and the Changes to the Planning System.
The new allocated housing numbers for Havant Borough increases by 91percent to 962 a year, up from 504 in 2014!
The figures for Gosport, Fareham and Portsmouth have all decreased.
The closing date for the consultation on the changes to the planning rules is the 1st October. It is a complex response document
and there is some very detailed stuff but the gist is plain for all to see. Havant continues to soak up more developments.
Please contact Alan Mak MP. His glossy leaflet delivered as of today makes no mention of any of this.
CPRE's presentations are available on the PDF viewers below
RTPI members will be aware that a number of changes or proposals for planning reform in England have recently either been made or proposed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG). Summaries of the latest changes are provided by MHCLG in their planning updates for July and August.
In April we set out five priorities for planning reform in England, based upon the research and the expertise of our members. We have repeated these five priorities below accompanied by our initial analysis of the White Paper, with bullet points setting out key questions and concerns. Our analysis is also informed by the wider recommendations of Plan The World We Need, our research on the contribution of planning to a sustainable, resilient and inclusive recovery from Covid-19.
For more detail click on the link below "Learn More".
Dear Neighbourhood Watch supporters,
Nominate a neighbour that goes above and beyond for your community for the Neighbour of the Year Award 2020
run by Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch
For the third year running, we’re excited to launch the nationwide search in partnership with our friends at Co-op Insurance to find and celebrate some of the UK’s best neighbours.
Our members have told us that to be a great neighbour people share some clear qualities: a willingness to look out for others; being sociable and friendly; offering practical help; and being kind, caring and respectful.
In addition to our Neighbour of the Year Award, this year we have a brand-new category, Co-op’s Young Neighbour of the Year. This award will celebrate someone aged 18-24 who has gone above and beyond to help enhance their community and has brought people, young and old, together.
If you’ve got someone who ticks all these boxes and more in either category, tell us all about them and how they go above and beyond.
Click here to be taken to our nomination form, where you can share your stories of great neighbourly activities and acts of kindness.
The deadline to nominate is 27th October.
I wish to make it clear that it is recognised there is an undoubted need for affordable and social housing. However, the proposed new house building allocation for Havant Borough Council significantly exceeds the already controversial Local Plan for this congested area by 90%. This along with the proposed planning reforms in the recent white paper are not addressing the issues facing young people and the need to level up between the north and south of the country. It is hoped that you will take note of your constituency's unease and reject these proposed targets and reforms whilst encouraging investment in the north of England.
Copies sent to:-
Ed Rees and
Councillors Michael Wilson,
Liz Fairhurst, Claire Satchwell,
Gary Robinson and Mark Inkster.
Roads enforcement and safety survey
Alert message sent 24/09/2020
Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary
In 2018, 1,784 people were killed on Britain’s roads – this included 456 pedestrians and 48 children. In addition, 25,511 people were seriously injured.
The Government is currently reviewing roads policing, and what the future of traffic law enforcement may look like. The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners is keen to hear your views and invites you to complete this short survey to help inform the Police and Crime Commissioner’s response to Government.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.