15th June, 2012 – That’s the deadline to give your opinion on sites for new Havant homes.
THE public is being urged to make its views known on plans for 5,000 new homes in Havant.
Havant Borough Council’s planning policy team wants help deciding where the homes and nine employment areas should go.
The News headline is misleading. What we are really talking about is the Havant Borough Council area. Of prime interest to me, of course, is Waterlooville.
So I did my civic duty and I visited the exhibition held at Waterlooville Library yesterday lunchtime.
On entering the foyer I was handed a form on which I was invited to indicate my preferences.
I could choose Option A, B or C and then further define my choice by indicating my favourite site and my least favourite site.
There were three large maps each with a number of shaded areas indicating possible housing developments.
Although I did have some discussion with one of the council reps on duty the venue was hardly conducive to absorbing the details of the proposed development sites. Or to be able to determine the differences between the options.
I asked if the information was available on-line and was told yes it is. That may well be true but I could not find the same maps on-line that were on display in the library. Certainly the maps are there, but without the supporting information about each of the sites.
Once again it seems like HBC don’t want you to easily understand what they are up to.
Needless to say I haven’t let them know what my choices are. I need to do some more digging.
What I did find was some maps indicating sites that have been excluded for a variety of reasons. Perhaps most surprising is that they are so desperate to find land to build on that they were considering the kiddies play area at Sage Close, Woodsedge, Waterlooville.
The hand out suggests that you can submit your choices on-line at http://www.havant.gov.uk/havant-12298
However, you do really have to do some digging to find the background information.
So come on folks. You need to get your opinions registered. Go see the exhibition or trawl the council website and get your votes in.