Update: South Hampshire District Group

22nd October 2020

News from the South Hampshire District


We are continuing to promote our Green Belt for South Hampshire and you can read about it on pages 6-7 of Hampshire Views. There is steady progress in persuading local authorities how important it is to have countryside on your doorstep to provide space for health and wellbeing, fresh air, clean water and tranquillity. There are a million people in the cities and towns of South Hampshire, and we need them to speak out for the countryside around them.

Eastleigh: Since our last issue, we have had a major win when the Planning Inspector agreed with us that the plans for a Strategic Growth Option (SGO) of 5,300 homes and a new road were unsound (a technical planning term) and that they should be deleted from the Local Plan.

The Inspector said the option ‘could represent the least sustainable option in transport terms’ and ‘of all the alternative options considered…has the greatest impact on high sensitivity landscapes’. Furthermore ‘the SGO has the potential to cause significant harm’… to the South Downs National Park, and ‘a detrimental effect on the communities concerned’, ‘I am unable to conclude that the selected SGO represents the most suitable option’. This is a complete vindication of our work, alongside local group ADD (Action Against Destructive Development Eastleigh), to object at every step of the process. We are grateful to all the support over four years since we first heard of the proposals by Eastleigh Borough Council.

Fareham: We are working with several groups to see better regeneration and development centred around existing public transport centres. Fareham Borough Council are considering development in parts of the Strategic Gap between Fareham and Gosport, and various sites in Warsash and Portchester, and so we will be liaising with Save our Strategic Gaps, Save Warsash and Conserving Habitats in Portchester.

Fareham Borough Council have negotiated some nitrate mitigation offsets with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT), who have purchased a farm on the Isle of Wight for re-wilding. Following communication from some of our members and discussion with HIWWT, we plan to pull together a small group of individuals with an interest in the topic to draft a CPRE Hampshire position paper on Nitrates Credits which outlines our views. If you are interested in contributing to this group, please let Carole Oldham, Chair of our Planning and Policy Group know at caroleo@cprehampshire.org.uk.

Welborne Garden Village is moving forward, but extremely slowly.

Havant: We were expecting the submission Local Plan would be released soon, but it is delayed while Havant Borough Council work on their own proposals for mitigating nitrates for development. We are working alongside all the residents’ groups under the banner of Havant Borough Residents Alliance.

Southampton: The City Council are working on a vision document for the city centre, and we have contributed to the first stages of that consultation.

Caroline Dibden
South Hampshire District Group Chairman

Fields north of Funtley where Welborne Garden Village will be built Adrian Saunders
Children climbing in the New Forest