Consultation on Draft Local Plan Housing Statement and Local Plan 2036


Havant Borough Council is consulting local residents and businesses on a Draft Local Plan Housing Statement, which will also form the framework for the emerging Havant Borough Local Plan 2036.


The need to significantly boost the supply of new housing by meeting the objectively assessed need for new and affordable homes, infrastructure, shops and other facilities is a requirement under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and becoming increasingly important locally.


The Draft Local Plan Housing Statement explains the Council’s intended approach to managing this pressing issue over the next 20 years by identifying specific sites for strategic, planned development. This approach will ensure that the necessary infrastructure is provided alongside new homes and avoid running the risk of inappropriate schemes being granted planning permission on appeal. The document, when it is adopted, will be an important aid to making decisions on planning applications in the borough until the new Local Plan is adopted in early 2018.


To give local residents and businesses an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the proposals, the Council will be holding a series of public exhibitions during August 2016. Dates, times and venues for these exhibitions are as follows:





Emsworth Community Centre, North St, Emsworth,

PO10 7DD

10th August  2016


United Reform Church, Hollow Lane, Hayling Island,

PO11 9EY

15th August 2016


Bedhampton Social Hall, Bedhampton Road, Havant, PO9 9ES

18th August 2016


Phoenix Centre, Crookhorn Lane, Waterlooville, PO7 5QB

22nd August 2016


Leigh Park Community Centre, Dunsbury Way, Havant, PO7 5QB

25th August 2016


Reception Area, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 2AX

31st August 2016



The consultation is also an opportunity to shape the emerging Havant Borough Local Plan 2036. As the Adopted Local Plan already reflects the requirements of the NPPF in its approach to managing development, the Council is reviewing the Local Plan rather than starting completely afresh. We are asking residents and businesses to help us with this process by answering three specific questions, which are:


         What parts of the Adopted Local Plan do you consider work particularly well?

         What parts of the Adopted Local Plan could be improved?

         Are there any areas which are not covered in the Adopted Local Plan which the Havant Borough Local Plan 2036 should address?


If you would like to formally respond to the consultation, then it would be most helpful if you could focus your response on these questions.


For further information on the consultation and to view the Draft Local Plan Housing Statement and accompanying booklet, ‘Where next for housing in Havant Borough? Proposals for new housing in the borough up to 2036’, please go to


Any comments you wish to make on the draft document should be submitted to us by 9th September 2016. They should be sent to us either by email to or by post. Please see the bottom of this newsletter for the Council’s postal address.


Parking Supplementary Planning Document


The parking standards set out in the Residential Parking and Cycle Provision SPD (2010) and the Non-Residential Parking Standards in the Local Plan (Core Strategy) are no longer considered to be fit for purpose.  They pre-date the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and were based on guidance in Planning Policy Guidance Note PPG13, which advised applying maximum standards. 


Whilst the NPPF retains the aim of reducing the need to travel, therefore minimising the use of the car, the emphasis in the NPPF is for the provision of adequate levels of parking to accommodate the car in developments; alongside the additional considerations of public transport availability, accessibility and local car ownership levels.  Maximum parking standards constrained the amount of parking that could be achieved on developments in the past.  The proposed standards within this revised SPD will address this with minimum standards which will result in greater levels of parking on new developments.


The SPD was subject consultation and the comments received have been carefully considered and where appropriate the document has been amended.  The Parking SPD was approved at Full Council on the 27th July 2016 and has now been adopted. 


It can be found on at: