Update: South Hampshire District Group

26th March 2020

News from the South Hampshire District


Our campaign for a new Green Belt in South Hampshire continues and we have commissioned a report from NEF Consulting to give us their expert and technical opinion on the socio-economic and environmental benefits arising from an area of open countryside adjacent to an area of large population.

We will continue to liaise with and try to influence PfSH, Partnership for South Hampshire as their planning officers work towards their Statement of Common Ground, which will include housing numbers, water issues and also the possible location of Strategic Growth Areas.

Nitrates remains a significant issue with development across the area delayed whilst Natural England, Environment Agency and the Local Planning Authorities all try to work together to come up with a formula where development can be offset by taking nitrates out of the system.

CPRE Hampshire appeared at numerous sessions for the Eastleigh Local Plan Examination through December 2019 and January 2020. Alongside our allies at campaign group ADD, and all the local Parish Councils, we continued to press the case that Eastleigh Borough Council have chosen the wrong location for 5,300 houses, and that building a completely new road is against all the tenets of how to deal with the Climate Emergency.

Along with our campaign partners ADD, we worked with environmental, traffic and legal experts whose presence ensured that the case against the current plan was well fought.

When the Inspector’s letter is available a note will be posted on Eastleigh Borough Council’s website to notify interested parties via the following link:- https://www.eastleigh.gov.uk/lpexamination. It’s not appeared yet and so we now await with bated breath what the Inspector might say!

Fareham Borough Council carried out another consultation on their new Local Plan 2036 at the start of 2020 and hope to move to a Regulation 19 consultation later in the year. CPRE Hampshire made a submission and reminded Fareham Borough Council that they had seemingly “forgotten” to mention a new South Hampshire Green Belt, which they had included in their previous consultation. We also made the point that one of the most fundamental ways of combating the likelihood of adverse climate change, is to plan development where it can use better public transport and be less reliant on the car. See our news release.

A full update for South Hampshire, including updates on Havant, Gosport, Portsmouth and Southampton, is available here in pdf format. South Hampshire District Group update March 2020

Please get in touch if you’d like to get involved with the group.

Caroline Dibden
South Hampshire District Group

The Royal Oak Pub, Langstone Harbour
The Royal Oak Pub, Langstone Harbour Photography credit: Chris Godfrey Wildlife Photography (cgwp.co.uk)
Children climbing in the New Forest