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Sinah Field: Mitigation Presentation

Barratt Homes’ proposal should not be considered for housing development on site UE18

for the following reason:

The proposal is in breach of Barratt Homes’ own binding agreement with Havant Borough

Council, within the Discharge of Condition, which was essential before planning permission

could be granted for the very recent Oysters Development in West Town.

“Tyler Grange Discharge of Condition Brent Goose Mitigation Strategy, 11th Sept 2013

(APP 15 00919)”

In order to compensate for the loss of Brent Geese grazing land as a consequence of the

adjacent Oysters Development, the mitigation strategy states that the field in question,

H34C in which this proposal is located, should be continually used for crop rotation to

provide for the foraging and roosting of Brent Geese.

Development in any part of this field therefore, should not be contemplated.

This is a previously undeveloped, green field site of valuable, best and most versatile, good

grade 2* agricultural land. Therefore, Barratt Homes’ quotation from the National Planning

Policy Framework** about “brownfield land” on page 1 of their Planning Policy for Land at

Sinah Lane Hayling Island*** is irrelevant, misleading and diversionary.

*“Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) 8th Edition, July 2016” page 18

(.pdf page 22)

[The table states that UE18 is Grade 2 agricultural land]

** “National Planning Policy Framework, 2012”

*** “Land at Sinah Lane, Hayling Island – Planning Policy, page 1”

How can Barratt Homes also claim that ‘detailed ecological surveys confirmed the site has

little ecological interest’?

This site currently has the status of ‘uncertain for Brent Geese and Waders’ which, according

to Havant Borough Council, has greater importance than the SINC designation previously

considered for the site by the council.

“Havant Biodiversity Action Plan, 2011.”

The mitigation strategy requires 3 years of surveys for Brent Geese and Waders, one of

which is assigned to this coming winter. Current photographic evidence proves that the use

of H34C by Brent Geese is certain, not uncertain, and this evidence is being shared with

Hants and IOW Wild Fowl Trust and the RSPB. So far approximately 200 Brent Geese are

foraging and roosting in the field very close the end of North Shore Road and even within

the area where the proposed SUDS is situated.

There is no acknowledgement of the site being within very close proximity to important

Sites of Special Scientific Interest, also no mention of the Ramsar site around Langstone

Harbour. It is very unlikely development in this location will fulfil National Planning Policy

Framework guidelines that state that the benefits of development should “clearly outweigh”

the impact on these important sites.

“National Planning Policy Framework, 2012, page 27 (.pdf page 33)”

There is no mention that the Hayling Billy Coastal Path is in fact a designated nature reserve

in its own right and as such, surely should be protected from over development.

Not only is it a nature reserve, it is a leisure facility for the entire borough. It is therefore

inappropriate to propose this trail for sustainable travel to Havant.


Barratt Homes’ commitment is to repair and maintain the fence boundary between the

H34C and the Hayling Billy Trail in the mitigation for the Oysters. This work has not been

done. The aim of the mitigation is to make the field even more attractive to foraging birds

and prevent uncontrolled access of dog walkers. Dog walkers still use the gaps in the broken

fence boundary to get onto the field. Very recent video evidence of dog walkers unsettling

the Brent Geese is available. Old broken fences, large gaps, desire lines and an informal path

around the exact area where Brent Geese settle, are clear to see.

The SWOT analysis claims potential to create new pedestrian entrances onto the site from

the Billy Trail but they would cross and break down the exact same boundary that is

required by the mitigation to be securely maintained.

This proposal alone demonstrates that Barratt Homes already lack the commitment to

uphold binding agreements with the council.

Therefore we have no confidence that the developer will ever work in the best interests of

the local community.

[There is more local evidence of other protected species including slow worms, stag beetles

and bats. An expanding flock of starlings have returned to the UE18 site and sit on the

overhead power line between murmurations. This power line is apparently a ‘threat’ to the


Bees, butterflies, birds of prey, wood peckers and swallows catching the mosquitoes, which

are a problem in this unsprayed area, are just a few of the species have been listed by local


Judging by The Oysters, this will be a bland, inappropriate to South West Hayling, two storey

development. It will certainly impact on the sight lines for existing residents along Sinah

Lane and North Shore Road.]

Finally, it is important to emphasise that the sole route access to Hayling - the A3023 - the

life line that provides emergency services infrastructure and house-hold services, is already

greatly stressed without even considering the extra traffic generated from maintaining 162

more house-holds. As a member of the Borough’s Infrastructure Development Plan Group, I

am fully aware that Hayling is not a self-contained Island; its access to many vital

infrastructure services relies entirely on this single carriageway. Therefore, to ignore this

and place further reliance on the A3023 with building proposals such as these is

irresponsible and negligent.

I concur with the other 2 speakers.

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