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Monday, 14 January 2019 16:05

Campaign Updates

Written by Nicola Revolta

Latest Updates from the South Hampshire Green Belt Campaign

We are delighted to annouce that PUSH Chairman and Leader for Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Sean Woodward has issued a positve response to our Strategic Gaps Report.  In a comment to local news, Cllr Woodard responded: ' I would love to have a Green Belt in Hampshire and I agree that Strategic Gaps don’t work. I would love to see this resolved in the next one to two years and it is something that we are working towards at the moment.’

A fantastic response in favour of a South Hampshire Green Belt - and brilliant to have a time-frame to hold our Council Leaders to. 

January 2019 

Following on from the success in December, CPRE Hampshire have commissioned a report into the effectiveness of Local and Strategic Gaps -  the measures used in South Hampshire to safeguard our precious green spaces. These Gaps offer no legal protection and have been gradually nibbled away, with some now measuring only metres. 

Read more about in Current News

Read the full report below. 


December 2018

The campaign continues to move forward with December 2018 seeing us hand-in our petiton of over 13,500 signatures from local people in favour of the Green Belt. 

The petition was presented to Cllr Sean Woodward, Chair of PUSH ahead of the Joint Committee meeting on 4th December. This came ahead of a key decision from the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH), a Joint Committee of our local councils and decision makers, to determine whether to continue to support the adoption of a South Hampshire Green Belt.

Councillor Woodward, a long-time champion of the idea of the Green Belt, was joined by his fellow elected Leaders from South Hampshire to receive the outcomes from a report exploring the ‘justification for considering a Green Belt.'

The Joint Committee agreed that the Green Belt must now be included as a key part of the work that will form the Statement of Common Ground.  This will mean that the adoption of a Green Belt will be given serious consideration as part of their ongoing plans for the sustainable development of the PUSH region. Considerable work needs to be done to determine exactly how Green Belt could be introduced in South Hampshire and Council Leaders have shown their commitment to further exploration.

CPRE Hampshire Chair Dee Haas was pleased by the outcome. ‘Our discussions with PUSH have always been very positive, with Cllr Woodward being a strong voice of support for the adoption of a Green Belt in South Hampshire. Although not giving a definitive decision, this is a great step forward for us.'

Read more about the meeting in our news section


The South West of the county is facing a water shortage. CPRE Hampshire member and water expert Moya Grove gives us the latest update on the situation. 

Shaping the future of South Hampshire for the benefit of all

South Hampshire is a unique area. Two National Parks and the coastline surround the major cities and urban areas of Portsmouth and Southampton. Three internationally renowned and ecologically important rivers run through the area and it has some beautiful countryside. The greeness of the area is one of the key reasons people choose to live and work here. 

Since 1960 the South Hampshire Sub-Region, made up of the 12 Local Authorities who meet together as the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH), has seen signficant growth and the demand for jobs and new housing continues to rise. It is astounding how much the area has changed since 1974, the below images show the drastic change in Fareham over this time period. 


There's no doubt we need more homes and our Local Authorities are up against it as they do their best to meet rising government housing targets and meet their resident's needs. This is where the crux of the issue comes. We have to build more homes and quickly, however the pressure to deliver in a developer led market, means that green field sites that are quick and easy to develop are prioritised ahead of the brownfield sites that help to regenerate urban areas, housing people closer to their jobs and to public transport links.

And what impact does this have? Of course there are the obvious environmental aspects. Fewer green areas means less biodiversity and more pollution. In addition, the higher population in the area increases demand on our natural resources, with water being heavily affected. 

The urban sprawl of South Hampshire's towns and cities has continued unchecked. The strategic gaps are being nibbled away and the countryside on our doorstep is at risk of being lost forever.

Why a Green Belt?

Green Belt is a planning policy that has five core purposes. It exists to:

  1. check the unrestricted sprawl of large built up areas 
  2. prevent neighbouring towns from merging with one another 
  3. assist in safeguarding the countryside from encroachment 
  4. preserve the setting and special character of historic towns 
  5. assist with urban regeneration, by encouraging the recycling of derelict and other urban land 

A Green Belt in South Hampshire would prevent Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester from continuing to sprawl outwards. It would stop the merging of smaller settlements like Twyford and Colden Common, preserve the historic centre of Winchester and encourage the regeneration of urban areas in need of some attention. 

 A useful tool in the planning box 

 Ultimately, a new Green Belt gives our Local Authorities control. By protecting a continuous band of countryside in law, they can refocus the eyes of developers away from those beautiful green fields, to the brownfield sites that will take more work, but will better meet the needs of the local community. 



Keep it Green Final Landscape

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 15:28

Strategic Vision for Hampshire: Get Involved

Written by Nicola Revolta

To secure a brighter future for Hampshire, we all need to work together

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