The Land East Of Horndean plans are still going through the public consultation stage and I thought it was worth a post to update everyone on the progress of this key local application.
The application generated three main sets of queries which the developers have been working to resolve in the last months.
1 – The proximity of a large below ground gas main limits the type of development that can be built within certain distances (raised by the HSE)
2 – Portsmouth Water have to be satisfied that the development will not affect the aquifer that supplies a large portion of the areas water
3 – The Highways Agency who own the motorway infrastructure want to see improvements to the roundabout to allow pedestrian access across the motorway
White Young Green, the developers agents, have been coordinating meetings with these organisations to understand their views and incorporate feedback into the proposals. At this point it is essential to stress that District Councillors do NOT participate in these meetings. Either the consultees can be satisfied by the proposals and withdraw any objections or holding letters based on technical solutions and agreement, or they can not. There can be no political pressure here.
The gas main which the HSE were concerned about has led to a reduction in the size of the care home buildings which will be seen very positively by the residents to the North of Rowlands Castle Road. The developers have also committed to further consultation with the residents around the Care home and Cricket pitches if this outline application is successful to look at how specific local views can be considered in a detailed application. The site plan below shows the revised arrangement – the area in faint has been revised to incorporate the HSE comments on clearance zones.
Portsmouth Water and WYG have had meetings to understand the concerns about contamination risks. The land is known to have Sinkholes and these are vertical fissures of varying sizes where the ground has washed away by ground water. They give more direct pathways for any pollutants at ground level to get into the water table. As the groundwater passes through the chalk this provides a very effective filtering process but the water resource is vital and EHDC will not give permission unless Portsmouth Water are happy there are adequate safeguards in place to allow development to take place safely.
The Highways Agency have been the third key area and they are looking for some road widening to the motorway spur and improvements to the roundabout to relieve traffic building back onto the motorway and provide safe pedestrian access across the motorway. This would mean traffic lights on the junction.
In the last few days some revised information has been issued to EHDC and has been uploaded onto the planning portal. The images on this post and all of the supporting information can be seen on the link here under the ‘Documents’ tab : Full Application Details
The Public consultation period for the plans has formally closed but the planning officers are generally accommodating to comments on revised plans so if you have anything you would like the case officer to consider then please submit it to EHDC in the next week or so.
It is likely that the EHDC planning committee will convene to decide the application in April and we have requested this will be at a local venue so interested parties can attend and hear the debate.