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Havant Council Approves Plans for 92 New Homes in Bedhampton

Author: Havant Borough Council Published: 22nd November 2012 16:31

An Extraordinary Full Council meeting of Havant Borough Council last night approved plans for 92 new homes on land south of Scratchface Lane, Bedhampton adjacent to the A3M.

The outline application for open market and affordable housing, made by Crayfern Homes Ltd, includes a mixture of 2, 3 and 4 bed houses and a small number of flats. It also includes plans for a pumping station, vehicle access from Brooklands Road, and new pedestrian and cycle access onto Scratchface Lane and Portsdown Hill Road.

The prolonged meeting held on Wednesday 21 November, heard three deputations against the development, including one representative from local resident association and two County Councillors, whilst one deputation came in support of the application from the developer.

Around 80 people watched the proceedings from the public gallery as the 30 Councillors in attendance entered into an open and thorough debate around the suitability of the site for development. Council officers addressed concerns over noise pollution from the A3M, drainage, vehicular access and the impact on surrounding road network.

The balance between the quality of life for future and existing residents against the need for good quality housing in the Borough were discussed before the decision went to the final vote.

The Council voted to approve the application with a majority of 20 votes in favour and 10 votes against the development.

The final decision for approval has been a difficult and protracted one with the application facing an initial rejection, an appeal and a deferral to Full Council. Havant Borough Councillors faced a difficult decision with many feeling that they had no option but to approve the plans after the government appointed Planning Inspector ruled that application was acceptable in terms of planning.

Havant Borough Council is seeking to get the views of local residents on 'preferred' future development sites identified within the first draft of the Havant Borough Local Plan (Allocations).

The Council is holding a six week public consultation from 9th November to 21st December, which will give people the opportunity to look over the plans and comment on which sites they think are most suitable to promote future investment in new jobs, the provision of new homes, and to protect the environment of the borough.

Members of the public can look at the plans, ask questions and make comments about their preferred sites in the areas that affect them most.

A list of times and locations for the exhibitions can be found at www.havant.gov.uk/havant-12610.


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At 19:38 on 22nd November 2012, jonnienapalm commented:

I am appalled that the people I voted for and trusted have done this...
"Councillors faced a difficult decision with many feeling that they had no option but to approve the plans..."
Shame on you HBC for not having any backbone! Did you really did not listen to your residents or did you simply pay us lip service?
I and hundreds of others feel completely let down and hood-winked. Your credibility, in my mind, has been lost. It’s all about the £££ and not the local people.

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