Next time you are driving along the A3 in Waterlooville, take a long good look at these bungalows located next to the Maurepas roundabout:
Notice these buildings are boarded up? That is because they are due for demolition.
Retirement flats are going to by built here, 27 sheltered apartments for the elderly. With just 6 car parking spaces.
That’s right, just 6 car parking spaces for the 27 residents, carers, social workers, nurses, doctors and visitors to the apartments.
You might think I am making this up but nope, check for yourself at the Havant Borough Council’s planning portal.
There have been 9 (and counting) representations from Resident Associations, individuals, and a Hampshire County Councillor who are criticising this development; they are citing various concerns such as (lack of) parking, loss of privacy and poor vehicle access.
Here are just two of the many objections submitted to Havant Borough Council (opens in a PDF):
- Objection from: Waterlooville and District Residents’ Association
- Objection from: The Waterlooville Community Forum + 7 residents of Beaconsfield Road
The planning permission to replacement 27 apartments with 6 car parking spaces has been APPROVED by Havant Borough Council under ‘Delegated’ powers; this means the approval decision was made by Havant Borough Council employees rather than by the elected Havant Borough District Councillors.
Do you think Havant Borough Council Planning process is working for Waterlooville?
Do you think that planning decisions that have strong objections should be made by the non-elected employees or should these decisions be made by the democratically elected District Councillors?
If you want to comment on this planning application you can do so by quoting references APP/15/00078 in the form below: