Update: South Hampshire District Group

20th November 2019

News from the South Hampshire District


South Hampshire and the Green Belt Our campaign for a new Green Belt made it onto the agenda at the last meeting of PfSH (Partnership for South Hampshire), as they describe their progress towards a sub-regional Statement of Common Ground. They say “An additional workstream is: Green Infrastructure Needs and Consideration of Mechanisms on how to Achieve Green Belt Designation. This reflects the resolution of the Joint Committee in December 2018 that the rationale and justification for an appropriate Green Belt designation be included as a core part of any joint work taken forward under the Duty to Cooperate. It is proposed that this should take place alongside consideration of the role for green infrastructure to meet the recreational needs of residents and provide environmental mitigation and enhancement.”

Eastleigh and the Local Plan CPRE Hampshire has submitted a detailed Hearing Statement on housing numbers for the imminent Local Plan Examination. Alongside our allies at campaign group ADD, and all the local Parish Councils, we continue to press the case that Eastleigh BC 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.

From 21 November until the end of January the Independent Planning Inspector will be conducting multiple hearings to assess the viability of Eastleigh’s Local Plan and we have been asked to appear at several sessions of the Examination.

Along with ADD, CPRE Hampshire has been working hard towards this examination and, with thanks to many people’s generous support, planning, environmental, traffic and legal experts have been hired to ensure the case against the current plan is well fought.

Fareham and Nitrates We await the results of an important appeal which we attended on 22 October into an application on Greenaway Lane, Warsash, which might give us some more information on how Local Authorities might deal with Natural England’s concerns about eutrophication in the Solent caused by Nitrates in the water from waste water and from farming fertilisers. All applications must now reach so-called nutrient neutrality.

Havant and Nitrates Due to the additional resource pressures associated with Nitrates and the nutrient neutrality issue, Havant’s Local Plan preparation has slipped somewhat. They are anticipating a submission to Government during Q4 this year.

Portsmouth Tipner Portsmouth CC have unveiled details of a new car-free community and housing development on a peninsula in Portsmouth. “The 140-acre site on land at Tipner West could feature 4,000 homes and a school with cars parked underground to leave streets pedestrian-friendly.” However, some 54 acres of land is planned to be reclaimed from the sea and this has raised significant concerns amongst a number of environmental organisations such as the RSPB and the Hampshire Wildlife Trust as this tidal area is important for wading birds.

Caroline Dibden

To get involved with the South Hampshire District Group, please contact info@cprehampshire.org.uk

The Royal Oak Pub, Langstone Harbour
The Royal Oak Pub, Langstone Harbour Photography credit: Chris Godfrey Wildlife Photography (cgwp.co.uk)