site updated 10th August 2019



200 guests enjoyed a fabulous evening and after costs were discounted raised £970 to be split between the Rowans Hospice and Bedhampton Volunteers.

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Conservation Area Review-Update

Where are we now?


We are advised that HBC are taking Old Bedhampton Conservation Area Appraisal  Management Plan (CAAMP) June 2019 unamended to cabinet despite the result of the vote at Operation Place Shaping Board (OPSB) 17 July 2019. The Board voted not to accept the Officers recommendations but did not put forward an alternative proposal. It is irritating to have paid £642 for a Heritage Consultant to present the Heritage case and secure a result that is arguably in its favour. The Alliance has followed HBC’s process and incurred a significant cost for the outcome to be ignored because perhaps it was either inconvenient or not expected. Some might suggest that the process was predetermined.  There has been good faith in order to follow a democratic process which some might perceive as having lost credibility. It is galling for the Alliance when one considers it funded the review in total (Local Trust donation of around £7,000), that over 90% has been used by HBC for their own report  and to now have incurred a further unnecessary cost.

It is understood that CAAMP 2019 will now got to Cabinet on 11th September. At this meeting recommendations will be made for full Council to consider on 25th September. This timetable could change if HBC decide extraordinary meetings are required. Bargate's opportunist planning application (APP/19/00427) has probably been deferred until the above has run its course.

Please put the above dates in your diary to attend, so that the Council is left in no doubt about the public's discomfort on how this process is being conducted.

August updates

Numerous Updates.



There are fresh updates and news of scams to watch out for. Just follow the link below.

Updates galore!!!!

Bedhampton Ward Councillors' Monthly meeting notes.


Follow the link below for the notes

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Southern Water.


To read the press release follow the link below

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your help is needed

Please consider signing the Petition.



There is a link below to an online petition (and supporting article) we are running. This is to urge Havant Borough Council to develop a local action plan to manage the impact of climate change in the Borough. Numerous Local authorities have already signed up and they include Chichester, Portsmouth and next week Hampshire County Council. The petition threshold for a full council debate is 1500, which is one of the highest in Hampshire. Friends of the Earth with Cllr Richard Kennett are trying to get this reduced to 1000 (it is 500 in Portsmouth). There is PDF form (attached, or click on the link below) for printing and collecting hard copy signatures from your neighbours, friends or street. which can be posted or passed on to me when completed.

Many thanks

Ray Cobbett

Havant & District Friends of the Earth

The Dangers of Lower Road are real.


" On Thursday the 4th July at 6.15pm I was driving around the blind bends of Lower Road toward Brookside when i came behind 2 lads on bikes riding side by side from one side of the road to the other Moving in my direction. A Mercedes taxi came around the bend and knocked one of them off his bike. Luckily there was no damage or injury."

Bedhampton Resident.

This is an example of the dangers of Lower road which is said to have an exemplary safety record.

Save Old Bedhampton continues to collect evidence. Detailed eye witness accounts and dash cam recordings would be appreciated.

You can forward evidence via this site.

Climate Change Petition

Antisocial behaviour



Please be aware of the Drone Code.

Do not be antisocial or unsafe.

For the code follow the link below.

See the Code

Difficulty Phoning 101 to record antisocial activity.


 If you have problems with 101 and cannot get through in a reasonable time frame, then it is best to send an email to 

 24/   Follow the link to CPI form. The form will download but you will have to open it to complete the form. The boxes will expand as you type. Once completed email the form to the address above. These do get read and recorded. It is important register events as only then can police resources be allocated to trouble spots. No reports. No police!!

Link to CPI form

Bedhampton heritage alliance, update

What Happens Next

The Alliance is currently riding 3 horses all heading in a similar direction but at different speeds. All very tricky. An unseating could occur at any of the fences to be negotiated!

The first horse is the Conservation Area Review (CAR). There has been a change in the process for making recommendations on the Conservation Area.
The cabinet meeting on 26th June will no longer be scrutinising the CAR and thus there will be no recommendations to be debated at the full Council meeting on 10th July.
Instead the Operations and Place Shaping Board will scrutinise the current HBC CAR document which did not carry all the recommendations in V5 Final Draft by Murphy Associates. The Board will make site visits and will then hold open (public can attend) and closed (officers and members only) meetings during the week beginning 15th July. Gary Robinson (Ward Councillor) has been invited to attend on 17th July (it is uncertain whether this open or closed). It is considered opportune to  extend an invite to Eimear Murphy (Author of Bidbury Mead Friends' commissioned CAR) if she is available to attend and make any necessary representations on behalf of the Alliance. The detail of the process is to be clarified.
The Board will then report to cabinet. It is a proposed to hold an extraordinary cabinet meeting at the end of July with a full Council meeting later the same day. Times and dates are to be ratified. There will be deputations to both these meetings which will be open (public can attend).
It is suspected that this change is to ensure that the whole process will not be vulnerable to judicial review at a later date. Thinking positively, it gives us another opportunity to express our case and illicit a change of opinion and thus outcome. 

The possible recommendations revolve around extensions to the Conservation Area, if any. The decisions made are important as they may affect the outcome of the recent Bargate Planning Application (APP/19/00427) and also the HBC Pre submission Plan (PsP) 2036 which is shortly to be  to the Secretary of State for an Examination in Public (EiP) by an Independent Inspector.

The second horse is the current planning application that we have all just made submissions to:- APP/19/00427. By law this is due to be Determined by the HBC Development Management Committee (DMC) by early August. At present there is no date for DMC to determine APP/19/00427 but it is suspected that a decision will be deferred for an unknown period. A deferred decision may be made on the grounds there is insufficient information in the application requiring further time to gather the facts or it could be that the outcome of the CAR materially affects the application. However, the committee could also either accept the proposal or reject it (giving reasons which could then be appealed by Bargate). 

If the committee accept the application there is no leave to appeal by HBC or the public other than if there is suspicion that lawful process has not been followed. 

The third horse is the HBC PsP LP 2036. We made our submissions to this plan in early 2019. The PsP has a momentum all of its own. The outcome of the CAR may have an impact and will be taken into account at EiP. If DMC accept APP/19/00427 then it is game over (unlikely) and no EiP for H20. If APP/19/00427 is deferred or rejected it is then possible the EiP will come first and take precedence. It is hoped that there will be an invite to give evidence (likely in such a contentious case with a similar previous history in 2014) and the Inspector to then find in our favour.

There are numerous permutations (not all covered above) and possible legal twists and turns. However, this is not a done deal for any of the parties involved. Patience and quiet confidence remains the order of the day. As the summer unfolds some of these outcomes may become clearer but the Alliance remains resolutely determined. to defend Old Bedhampton from inappropriate development. 


Bargate Homes have recently been acquired by Vivid who are a local housing association and builder of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom affordable homes. However Bargate will continue to trade independently and thus it will not make a material change to their planning application (APP/19/00427) to develop land south of Lower Road.

Read some of the submissions by following the link below to a PDF.

Coming events

The Elms


For more detail follow the link below to the Heritage Open Day.

More detail

The Annual Manor Trust Garden Party


The Elms

Wednesday 7th August, 2-4pm

Home grown produce, plants and cakes.

Raffles, Jewelery, Bric-a-brac, The Secret Bookshop and more........

Afternoon Tea, Admission £1.00.

Free parking at Bidbury Mead Recreation Ground.

Download the submitted objections

Bedhampton Heritage Alliance

Announcement 13th March 2019.



Since the public meeting organised by BHA we (a core group) have been working hard to gather all the material we need to make our submissions to HBC. We have thought about whether we should post this on the Village web site before the deadline of 5pm next Monday 18th March. We are concerned that this might give the developers an avoidable 'heads up' on our work.

So, if you have any burning issues that you want to raise please let us know BY RETURN and we will try to send you by email a copy of the relevant material we have prepared to help you prepare your own submission.

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Please note that our priority is to complete the work we have in hand but we will do our best.


Havant borough council local plan 2036

What is it all about.




The Government has made clear its determination to address the chronic housing shortage. It has instructed all planning authorities throughout the country to draw up plans to meet the backlog and future needs up to 2036, ensuring that this is co-ordinated with the required infrastructure whilst safeguarding the environment. This will be difficult in Havant where there is already very little spare land, either brownfield or greenfield.

Havant Borough by 2036. Some of the issues to be included in the plan.

The population will have increased by 17,000.

49% of the population will be over 60.

A new reservoir is required.

Sea levels are expected to rise by 6mm per year.

83,000 square metres of employment floor space is required.

The intended Plan will provide the following housing needs.

9,260 new homes (30% affordable) across 40 development sites.

30% of new homes will be adaptable to meet the needs of the ageing population.

These homes will be 19% more energy efficient.

Old town centres will be regenerated to provide housing and engaging social spaces.

Havant Borough Council’s Local Plan 2036. 

HBC published its draft plan early in 2018 and then held a series of borough wide exhibitions which were followed by a public consultation period during which all interested parties were invited to make representations. These then informed the next edition of the plan which is called The Pre-submission Plan. This version was passed by Council on 

30th Jan. 2019 and has just been published. It is now out for public consultation before being passed to the Minister of State in early summer 2019. He will then appoint an independent inspector who will conduct public examination hearings to ensure the plan is legal and meets the government approved strategy up till 2036. This will take 3 to 6 months. If passed the Council will then adopt and implement the Plan in spring 2020.

Why is it important to pass this public examination?

By meeting government requirements, the council can ensure additional benefits that support the environment, infrastructure, transport and quality of life. The adopted plan clearly tells developers what can be built and where. If the plan fails, developers can potentially develop piecemeal, bypass local policies and avoid investing in necessary infrastructure development.

Bedhampton Developments.

There have already been completed developments in the “Chalk Pit”, Scratchface Lane and Site 180. There are proposed development sites at 40 Acres (planning application already submitted), land south of Lower Road, Little Park House and Campdown. The latter is strictly in Purbrook, land south of Southdown College but is sufficiently close to impact significantly on Bedhampton. There are at present no planning applications for the last 3 named sites. Local resident’s associations, charitable trusts and voluntary organisations have and will continue to ensure that the plan as it affects Bedhampton and goes forward to Examination in Public is legal and sound. This means that they will challenge any element of a development that contravenes national or local policy affecting the environment (landscape, biodiversity), infrastructure (traffic volume and safety), quality of life (amenity and ambiance such as walking) as well as quality and design of the build. Save Old Bedhampton Steering Group, West Bedhampton Residents Association, Friends of Bidbury Mead and Bedhampton Charitable Trust are some of the organisations involved. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email 

Details of the Public Consultation for both HBC Local Plan 2036 and also The Old Bedhampton Conservation Area Review.

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Guide to Historic Bedhampton

Time Travellers Guide (pdf)



John Keats, 1795 - 1821. 

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.


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Broadmarsh - We need your ideas

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Broadmarsh Needs some TLC

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Bedhampton Councillors' Surgery, 1st December 2018, The Golden Lion, 1100hrs.

Local Heroes Remembered.


A series of articles written by David Proud about local service men who lost their lives in The Great War. 

Read about Alfred Oliver Inglett (1880 – 1916)

Local Heroes Remembered.


A series of articles written by David Proud about local service men who lost their lives in The Great War. 

Read about Charles Holcomb,1890-1916, 2nd Hampshire Regiment.

Local Heroes Remembered.


A series of articles written by David Proud about local service men who lost their lives in The Great War. 

Read about Charles Main RN 1878-1918



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