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REPORTS, PROJECTS & PROPOSALS

This part of the website brings together historic reports, projects & proposals which have been finalised, or at least have been sufficiently implemented, with beneficial implications for the local environment, particularly for ‘greenspace’ – areas for walking and recreation.

The ‘Reports’ shown here are now historic documents in the sense that they are all out of date. But their respective archives, provide a fuller description of environmental matters – listed buildings and ‘conservation areas’ for example.

The three village ‘reports’, comprise the Parish Design Statement 2000, Parish Plan 2008 and Local Landscape Character Assessment 2012. They were initiated by the Parish Council, but drafted by teams of local residents independently from the Parish Council.

When first drafted, they were considered and then usually ‘approved’ by local councils, subsequently being regarded as ‘supplementary planning guidance’. Nowadays, being obsolete, they are being replaced by Neighbourhood Plans under sponsorship of local councils like Rowlands Castle Parish Council. Once adopted, a Neighbourhood Plan will have legal effect and allow the Parish Council to proceed to implement it. Responsibility for this last planning activity lies with the Parish Council to promote and prepare it.

On the other hand, ‘Projects’ have been formally approved by local councils and have been implemented, or are currently being implemented but not necessarily completed. While ‘Proposals’ are for significant projects which have yet to be adopted and approved, and are not yet implemented. Those mentioned here on the website are considered historic and providing local benefits.

Two Projects which require mention are the Restoration of the Southleigh Forest Landfill site and the operation of the Rowlands Castle Oil Well. Both were approved by the County Council under its Minerals & Waste responsibilities. The third project was implemented by the then County Surveyor. It was aimed at improving the highway environment of The Green at the village centre, and provide seating, lighting and waste bins more in keeping with a ‘conservation area’.

The one ‘Proposal’ mentioned here is by Portsmouth Water Company, successor to the older public utilities’. The Havant Thicket Reservoir site has been reserved in local development plans for many decades.The current utility – Portsmouth Water Company – supplies fresh water to the Portsmouth area, and has its offices in Havant adjacent to the Bedhampton Springs, a large series of natural springs which come to the surface in a restricted locality.  Adjacent areas are supplied by Southern Water Company which also acts as the waste disposal authority with large works and pumping stations at Budds Farm, Havant and Eastney.

The Portsmouth Water Company reservoir proposal is for a reservoir on a clayey area in Havant Thicket which is, owned and has been designated for this use for many years. It currently forms part of the Staunton Country Park managed by Hampshire County Council. The concept underpinning the reservoir is to capture excess winter flows from the Bedhampton Springs and pump them into the artificial reservoir for use in summer when rainfall and water flows are lower. The reservoir will also offer environmental benefits, is included in ‘greenspace’ plans, and has been designed with this in mind.

A hyperlink with the company website provides a simulation of a helicopter flight around the proposed lake.

HAVANT THICKET RESERVOIR