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Havant Borough Local Plan 2036 - Pre-Submission Plan (February 2019)

We are writing to let you know that the council has published the Pre-Submission Havant Borough Local Plan 2036 and this is now available for public consultation.

The Pre-Submission Local Plan is the version of the plan which the council considers to be ‘sound’ having taken on-board extensive research, before it is formally submitted for examination. It takes account of the comments made during previous consultations to date and takes many of the suggested changes on board.

This consultation is for you to formally tell the Government Inspector whether or not you consider the council has prepared a sound and legally compliant Local Plan.

How to respond

Your comments must be received by 5pm on Monday 18 March 2019 and you must submit them using the prescribed form. Response forms are available to download as an interactive PDF document via our website:

It is recommended that you download and complete your comments on the interactive PDF form, then either email the completed form(s) to (please enter the words ‘Pre-Submission Local Plan comments’ into the subject bar of the email), or post them to Planning Policy Team, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 2AX. Letter or email comments that do not use the form will not be accepted.

At this stage, unless you indicate you wish to appear at the examination you will not have the right to do so. Please note there is no guarantee you will be invited to the examination. The Inspector will decide who they wish to invite to each session. Any written representations will however, carry the same weight as any evidence presented at the Examination Hearings. There are more details about how to respond to the Pre-Submission Consultation in the statement of representations procedure (link opens a document).

Guidance and drop-in sessions

Guidance on how to submit your comments (link opens a document) can be found on our website.

Alternatively, the guidance notes will be available on request from the drop-in sessions.

We will also be running a number of drop in events throughout the consultation should you have any specific queries about how to submit your comments. Please note these sessions will be in a different format from the exhibitions held previously.

The drop-ins will be an ‘open surgery’ for any specific queries or concerns about the Local Plan on a ‘first come first served’ basis. We will be able to help in the following ways:

  • Explain what’s in the Local Plan and why

  • Help you understand the specific paperwork you will need to complete

  • Help you understand the process moving forwards

At this stage, it is the Inspector who will be considering your comments. So, we are not able to:

  • Receive your feedback verbally

  • Give feedback on your concerns or suggested changes

  • Guarantee whether a suggested change will be accepted by the Inspector

All of the drop-ins will be the same and so if you cannot make the date for the one closest to you, please feel free to come along to another one.

Location, Date & Time

Leigh Park Community Centre, Dunsbury Way, PO9 5BG Monday 11 Feb. 3pm – 7pm

United Reformed Church, Hollow Lane, PO11 9EY Friday 15 February – 3pm-7pm

Brook Hall, North Street, Emsworth, PO10 7BY Thursday 28 February - 3pm-7pm

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

Wednesday 6 March - 3pm-7pm

Waterlooville Community Centre, 10 Maurepas Way, PO7 7FA Sat. 9 March 11am-4pm

Other current consultations: contact HIRA or HBC for direct links for these

At the same time, the council is running a number of other planning consultations. These are reviews of published documents needed as a result of the new Local Plan:

  • Community Infrastructure Charging Schedule Review

  • The Local List of validation requirements

  • The Statement of Community Involvement

  • A review of the Old Bedhampton Conservation Area

  • A review of how we’ll consider parking for residential developments in town centres in our Parking Supplementary Planning Document

If you wish to respond to any of these consultations, please do so by email or by post (details above). You cannot respond to these consultations using the Local Plan form. Please clearly indicate which consultation you are responding to when you write to us. As with the pre-Submission Local Plan please ensure we have received any comments regarding these consultations by 5pm on Monday 18 March.

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