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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.

Action Required

There will be a full Council meeting on Wednesday 30th January 2019 at 5:30pm. At this meeting there is a crucial vote on the Draft Local Plan. Councillors will decide which sites should be taken forward. Meeting Agenda

Hurstwood Room
Public Service Plaza
Civic Centre Road, Havant, Hampshire PO9 2AX

Please attend the meeting if you can. It is recommended to arrive shortly after 5:00pm as the Hurstwood Room is not expected to accommodate all visitors. If the Hurstwood Room reaches capacity it will still be possible to view the meeting on the screens in the Public Service Plaza.

“Attending this meeting will send a strong signal to Havant Borough Councillors of resident’s concerns about this development.”
Councillor Richard Kennett, Emsworth Ward

We would also encourage people to email their local ward councillor. Maybe, just raise your major concern. This is all about letting councillors know that residents are against this development.

“Councillors will be voting on the ‘Pre-submission Havant Borough Local Plan to 2036’ on Wednesday 30 January. If it is your wish that the land to the North of Long Copse Lane is removed from this plan it is important that councillors know your concerns. I would strongly advise emailing your local ward councillor with your objections and copy this email to all other council members.”
Councillor Richard Kennett, Emsworth Ward

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We are distributing leaflets to Emsworth and Westbourne residents. We have a number of volunteers but could still do with a little more help, particularly if you are able to deliver leaflets in Westbourne. If you can help please contact Mick Metcalf.