Campaign News

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Unfortunately the Land & Partners appeal to the Secretary Of State did not go in our favour. The Inspector has ruled that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is not required when considering any future planning application on the Land to the North of Long Copse Lane.

The Secretary of State recognises that there are environment sensitivities but feels these could be addressed though the planning application process. The decision in no way means that development is inevitable. The Council has placed a number of constrains on the site that would be difficult for any potential developer to satisfy, see section 8.2 of the Pre-Submission Local Plan. We will be doubling our efforts to resist any development.

The Decision Letter and Written Statement can be viewed by following the links.

Following The Pre-Submission Local Plan

We last updated you in March urging you to send comments on the HBC pre-submission 2036 plan.  A very prescribed format was required and certainly not an easy task to formulate issues in a way that the inspector would take note of. We would like to thank you all for your hard work in sending comments by the required deadline.

The HBC website states: “Now that the consultation has finished, we will collect the responses together, analyse what they say and produce a summary of them, which will be published here in due course. The Local Plan will then be submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, together with the comments received and the Local Plan’s Examination will start. This is expected in the Autumn of 2019. Further detail on the expected timescales moving forward is in the Local Development Scheme.”
(For information on dates see paragraph 18)

Meantime, our attention has been focussed on the request by HBC that a formal Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the proposed development site should be carried out before a planning application is considered. The Long Copse Lane development is being promoted by Land & Partners Limited and they have appealed against the HBC decision. They have made a case to the Secretary of State that sufficient work has already been carried out by their sponsored studies and that an EIA is not required.

We have reviewed many of the documents provided by Land & Partners (in support of their case) and found many errors and inconstencies. We have drawn these to the attention of the Secretary of State inspector along with a local perspective in support of the HBC decision. We do not yet have a firm date on when the inspector will provide a response but will update you as soon as we have specific dates and responses.

We have been offered space in the Summer 2019 edition of the EMS to review progress on the LCL project. Any new news will also be reported in the article.

Most of you will know that HBC have refused re-submitted plans for Westbrook Close development. The factors cited for the rejection included concerns on drainage and potential impact on the EMS.  You may also have seen reports in the Portsmouth News the Natural England have raised concerns on the quantity of Nitrates flowing into the Solent from the mainland. A serious concern and Councils are requesting clarification how to deal with the issues raised.

Such concerns could also apply to pollutants entering the EMS from new developments, especially in Long Copse Lane. We would welcome input from anyone who has the specialist knowledge and skills on the environmental implications of drainage schemes and especially resulting river pollution.

The Pre-Submission Local Plan

In the summer edition of the EMS, it was reported that Havant Borough Council (HBC) saw no reasons to remove the Long Copse Lane site from the Draft Local Plan 2036.

Since then, with the support of our local ward councillors, we have continued to make all HBC councillors aware of the real issues regarding policy H8 Land north of Long Copse Lane. Thanks to every one of you who submitted their objections formally to HBC, and personal e-mails directly to councillors.

All HBC councillors now understand that the site is ecologically sensitive, possibly unsustainable and has traffic issues relating to capacity and safety. There are potential flooding concerns which at present have no convincing resolution. These issues are real and serious and can affect all of Emsworth’s communities.

The submission of the Save Long Copse Lane group to individual councillors was also accepted as a serious and professional statement of issues that is now on record for future use.

Thank you to everyone who has helped the campaign by displaying a Save Long Copse Lane sign, distributing leaflets or by purchasing and planting daffodils to ‘Light Up Long Copse Lane’. Also to everyone for their support at the HBC meeting of the 28th January. Despite the evidence presented, HBC Councillors voted to include the Long Copse Lane site in the Pre-Submission Local Plan. The majority was small and from our viewpoint the struggle to protect the Long Copse Lane site and stop development continues.

Our messages are having an impact on HBC councillors and by including conditions on the development of the site, the seriousness of the issues now appear to be recognised.

The fight to stop development is not over. The Draft plan for Havant Borough is now known as the pre-submission plan and is reviewed by a government inspector before becoming the HBC formal local plan. The Save Long Copse Lane group have met with David Hayward, planning officer for HBC, to specifically understand who can make representation to the inspector and the process to follow to have a representation recognised.

This consultation provides an opportunity to tell the Government inspector whether or not you consider the council has prepared a sound and legally compliant Local Plan.

The Save Long Copse Lane team will be pleased to make a representation on behalf of residents. We shall be informing the inspector how many people we represent to ensure he understands the weight of the challenges being made. Please let us know if you plan to make your own submission.

If you are making your own comments on the Pre-Submission Havant Borough Local Plan 2036 HBC have published a guide on how they should be submitted Pre-Submission Consultation Form – Guidance.

Technical Notes:
To ensure your comments are successfully saved.

  1. Download the Pre-Submission Consultation Form to your computer.
  2. Open the form using software such as Adobe DC Reader which is free to download.
  3. Enter your comments and resave the form.
  4. You should then email the completed form(s) to (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.

Comments must be submitted no later 5pm on Monday 18th March 2019.

We’re lighting up Long Copse Lane!

As the expected application period draws closer, we’re planning to show everyone how much we all Love Long Copse Lane by planting thousands of daffodils and other bulbs along the verges to create a fantastic spectacle in spring time.

Help us plant the bulbs

On Saturday 3rd November, 10am – 1pm we’re all meeting to plants the bulbs and we need all the help we can get! Please come along and help. Find us on Facebook and tell us you’re coming to the event if you can.

Please also tell your friends and family and spread the word!

Bring a spade/tools and gloves if you can.

Donate for daffodils

We’re also looking for donations to buy even more daffodils – we want it to be a huge spectacle so that media and local press cover it, highlighting the plight of the Save Long Copse Lane campaign.

  • £27 buys 500 daffodils
  • £20 buys 300 daffodils
  • £10 buys 100 daffodils

Donate here, entering the amount you wish to donate in Paypal:

Donate to buy daffodils

So, help us to Light Up Long Copse Lane!

Thank you all in advance, we really appreciate your continued support!

A traffic nightmare!

If you’re local, you’ll know the kind of traffic chaos you can can face on Long Copse Lane. The lane is just that, a small, thin and winding road with hedgerows and lots of entrances into houses, farms and parkland. We’ve had this video sent in that highlights the typical issues faced on the lane. We think this clearly demonstrates why Long Copse Lane is NOT that place for 260 new homes and in excess of 500 cars.

Campaign Signs have arrived

Just in case anyone has missed our campaign 🙂 we’ve ordered some lovely signs which have arrived this week! The first deliver was a test sample and we’ll be getting more very soon.

They will be available to order and buy online. They cost £15 at cost price and they will take up to 2 weeks to be delivered. More details on where to order very soon…

We hope to have lots of signs up around the local area very soon!

PLEASE attend the meeting on 23rd May

We cannot emphasise how important it is that people attend the 3rd consultation meeting this Wednesday. We need to show that our concerns have not gone away and that we still oppose the development – the more people there to show their objection the better!

We see the meeting as another opportunity to understand the proposed development details in terms of transport and infrastructure, rather than a way to register your areas of objection which should be saved for your office objection when the application is underway.

With this in mind, please do share with us any objections that you have and we will be able to support you in placing your objection when the time comes.

We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 23rd May from 17.30 until 20.00 at the Emsworth Community Centre.

Branding set for the campaign

We have a logo! We felt that the campaign needed an identity in line our ethos; something that represents the users of the Lane and the people, animals and wildlife that will be affected by the development.

The logo we’ve agreed on is as follows:

Within the logo we have represented:

  • Trees and hedgerows
  • Humans – walkers, commuters, children
  • Dog walkers
  • Cyclists
  • Horse riders (horseshoes)
  • Bats
  • Birds

We’re hoping that this roundel logo will become synonymous with the campaign – please get behind us to help oppose the development!