Emsworth Surgery redevelopment – latest news

The GPs at Emsworth Surgery have been considering relocating to a new site to ensure long-term sustainability and to help meet the increasing health needs of a growing population.

 

An Outline Business Case (OBC) has been submitted to NHS England (NHSE) and this recommends that the Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital be refurbished and becomes the new home for the GPs.  The Westbourne branch surgery would be retained. The OBC is now progressing through the NHSE approvals process with the project team addressing various questions from the Review Panel.  It is not clear when the OBC will be finally approved, but it is hoped that this will happen before the end of April 2019.

 

In parallel with the OBC, work has already started on preparing the Full Business Case (FBC).  This requires preparing detailed designs for the refurbishment, producing a complete specification of the required work, obtaining tendered costs from contractors and securing full planning permission. Architects have already been appointed and are working closely with the GPs to ensure that the refurbishment meets their requirements and also adheres to strict NHS building standards and regulations.  

 

While there remain several issues that need to be managed, it is hoped that the FBC will be completed by mid-autumn. It will then need to be approved by the CCG and NHSE, with the aim that work on the refurbishment could commence towards the end of 2019 and complete by late 2020/early 2021.  However, this timetable is only indicative and will become clearer once the OBC is formally approved by NHSE

Sara Tiller 19th February 2019

Managing Director – Fareham and Gosport and South Eastern Hampshire

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups

 

Emsworth Surgery redevelopment – latest news

The GPs at Emsworth Surgery have been considering relocating to a new site to ensure long-term sustainability and to help meet the increasing health needs of a growing population.

 

An Outline Business Case (OBC) has been submitted to NHS England (NHSE) and this recommends that the Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital be refurbished and becomes the new home for the GPs.  The Westbourne branch surgery would be retained. The OBC is now progressing through the NHSE approvals process with the project team addressing various questions from the Review Panel.  It is not clear when the OBC will be finally approved, but it is hoped that this will happen before the end of April 2019.

 

In parallel with the OBC, work has already started on preparing the Full Business Case (FBC).  This requires preparing detailed designs for the refurbishment, producing a complete specification of the required work, obtaining tendered costs from contractors and securing full planning permission. Architects have already been appointed and are working closely with the GPs to ensure that the refurbishment meets their requirements and also adheres to strict NHS building standards and regulations.  

 

While there remain several issues that need to be managed, it is hoped that the FBC will be completed by mid-autumn. It will then need to be approved by the CCG and NHSE, with the aim that work on the refurbishment could commence towards the end of 2019 and complete by late 2020/early 2021.  However, this timetable is only indicative and will become clearer once the OBC is formally approved by NHSE

Sara Tiller 19th February 2019

Managing Director – Fareham and Gosport and South Eastern Hampshire

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups

Opportunity for Emsworth residents to comment on the Pre-Submission Local Plan

At the Extraordinary General Council Meeting on 31st January at Havant Borough Council, the latest version of the local plan 2036 was approved by councillors. The document now titled the Pre-Submission Havant Borough Local Plan 2036 has been published and will be formally submitted to a Government Inspector for examination. Residents now have the opportunity to comment on the plan for the Inspector to consider. This is a formal process and comments have to be submitted on a specific form and must be received before 5pm on Monday 18 March 2019. We urge all residents with concerns relating to the Plan to raise them with the Inspector.

 

It is important that comments are made before the deadline and on the correct form. Any new issues raised after the deadline will not be considered by the inspector. HBC have published a guide on how to submit your comments. This can be found at Pre-Submission Consultation Form - Guidance. The comment form itself can be found at Pre-Submission Consultation Form. Please ensure you download the form and complete it using Adobe DC Reader. Do not fill the form in your browser as entered text cannot easily be saved and could be lost.

Charles Ashe 11th February 2019

 

Havant Pre-Consultation Local Plan, and Westwood Close

Pre-Consultation Local

 

Plan The Havant Local Plan 2036 has now reached the Pres-Consultation stage. The next step in preparing the plan involves consulting on what is known as the Pre-Submission Local Plan. There will be an upcoming Full Council meeting where it will be considered. All of the details and links to the reports are available at www.havant.gov.uk/localplan.

 

The Cabinet will consider the Local Plan at 2pm in Hollybank Room on Wednesday 30th January. The Full Council will then consider, debate and vote on whether to formally publish the Pre-Submission Havant Borough Local Plan 2036 at 5:30pm in Hurstwood Room. Both meetings that consider the Local Plan will take place on Wednesday 30 January at the Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 1DL. We would urge all residents and interested parties, to attend. The meetings are expected to be well attended, so arrive early. If no seats are available in the Hollybank Room, or Hurstwood Room, attendees can watch the proceedings and deputations via live link in the foyer of the Plaza. Westwood Close APP/18/00672

 

Under the Pre-Consultation Plan, this site has been dropped from the list of sites for development. While this is a welcome step, residents should be aware that the previous applicants, Hampshire Homes, have recently submitted an amended application for 36 homes (down from their previous application of 46). The Planning Department are obliged to reply to them. Nevertheless, concerned residents should still lodge their objections / comments with the Planning Department.

Charles Ashe 27th January 2019

 

Emsworth residents speak up for the local environment.

 

A unique online survey seeking opinions on the future of Havant Borough’s natural environment revealed hundreds of Emsworth residents strongly in favour of protecting the area’s open spaces and wildlife. The survey, organised by Emsworth environmentalists, asked a series of questions about the state of nature across the borough which faces 18 years of housing development, much of it in and around Emsworth.

 

As part of the emerging Local Plan Havant Council was requested to review their Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP), published in 2011. New national and local planning policies since 2011 meant that the BAP needed to be updated. The council agreed and it was hoped that local conservation and nature groups would be engaged, as happened in 2011, in the preparation of the update but this was eventually turned down by the council officers. It is understood that a new biodiversity strategy is work in progress but it will not be available and open to public view until a few days before a council meeting in January at which the Local Plan will be approved to pass on to the next and final stage. It was against this background that the 10 questions online survey, the largest on the subject ever conducted locally, was launched in October.

 

45% of the responses were from Emsworth residents followed by Havant, Hayling Island and Waterlooville area. Over 90% of all responses rated the value of green spaces ‘very high’ but, while about two thirds said that the green space near them was adequate, almost a third said it was inadequate. Among numerous threats urban development was seen as the most serious one to the quality of the local environment followed by pollution and flooding. Respondents felt it was the responsibility of Havant Borough Council to promote robust policies that protect and enhance nature as well as to encourage active public participation in caring for the environment and to lead by example. 

 

Respondents observed significant losses of once common local species, such as some birds (ringed plovers, hedge sparrows), hedgehogs, butterflies and bees and even insects were noted. Members of over 20 local nature and conservation groups were among 670 Borough residents who did the survey. The most visited nature sites in the Borough are Chichester Harbour, Hayling Billy and local parks in a list that included Emsworth’s Nore Barn and Hollybank Woods and Brook Meadow. The full survey results and report has been sent to Havant Council and can be read online- go to http://www.havantfoe.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Havant-Natural-Environment-Survey-Results-Report-2018.pdf

 

Words by Ray Cobbett, Friends of the Earth, Havant Friends & East Hampshire  10/1/19

 

Draft Local Plan 2036 Consultation and Summary

 

The Emsworth Residents Association (ERA) and others  who submitted comments to Havant Borough Council on their draft local plan earlier this year will have received  the Consultation Overview and Way Forward Note (8 pages) and Consultation Summary Report (271 pages).

 

For Emsworth sites, Land at Westwood Close (p.6, para 21, site H10) there may be a note of cautious optimism, when considering the following wording of paragraph 21 which states: “For almost all of the policies, some changes are being considered. However for some, the principle of including the policy or site needs to be given further consideration. These are: H10 Land at Westwood Close.”

 

Opponents of the proposal at Westwood Close have built evidence for their case since this site was mentioned as one for potential development in the draft Havant Local Plan. Malinda Griffin, one of Emsworth’s Tree Wardens and an Emsworth Residents’ Association Committee member, has collected an impressive amount of biodiversity evidence on water issues affecting quality of the River Ems. The ERA has also heard that the Environment Agency and Havant Borough Council are going to do more investigations into the flood plain and ground water levels in the field and projections of rain fall due to global warming. This will not be concluded until Jan/Feb next year so extending a decision time to early 2019.

 

Land to the north of Long Copse Lane (H6 p.120-126 Consultation Summary Report) HBC have commented on p.123 that, “broadly, they can see no reason why a development should not proceed. No fundamental matters have been raised which indicate that the site is not deliverable or should not be allocated in the HBLP 2036. The council is satisfied that the evidence base supports an allocation.”

 

However, the ERA maintains that this site is unsuitable for a development of 260 homes, having quite inadequate infrastructure to cope with the resulting additional traffic, and with no means to increase that infrastructure.Local residents of Long Copse Lane have formed a local action group, and are organising a leaflet drop outlining their campaign.

 

Objectors to the development and ultimate loss of these two unspoilt green sites will continue the fight, supported by the ERA. 

 

Charles Ash   4/11/18

 

What is happening at Dolphin Quay?

 

There seems to be a slight air of mystery about the site of Dolphin Quay. In October last year, Havant Borough Council seemed confident that a final legal agreement between the Council and the developer/buyers (Wilson House Ltd) was about to be signed. Until now however, nine months later, this agreement has not been signed. The Council do not know what the delay is, and have said their legal team have chased the applicant’s solicitors several times but are still awaiting a response. 

 

Charles Ashe   4/11/18

 

Westwood Close

 

All of Emsworth must be aware by now of this contentious planning application for 46 homes. The depth of concern here is considerable with 300 objections registered with the HBC Planning Department on their website.

 

One of the more recent ones is from the Chichester Harbour Conservancy that objects on the grounds of being premature to the proper consideration of the Draft Local Plan proposed site allocation (also an objection the ERA sited in their objection in August). 

The CHC also point out that the planning application submitted in fact exceeds the area as defined by HBC in their Draft Plan.

 

Earlier this month, the Planning Officer asked to postpone the decision date on this application, from mid October to 3rd January 2019.

This is to ‘Enable the submission and consideration of amended/additional information.’ The main areas relate to issues raised by the consultees in respect to:-

Flooding, Drainage, Landscaping, Ecology, plus detailed layout issues.

 

The opinion of one concerned local resident is that the Council are waiting for further information, primarily a new layout, and details as to how the developers plan to overcome the Environment Agency’s objections to the proposed flood mitigation measures.  Once that information is in, the Council will re-consult, and will notify all those who have responded to date. Objectors will then have the option to change their objections or leave them as they stand. 

 

Charles Ashe 4/11/18

 

Will the NHS sell Emsworth short?

 

If our well-loved hospital site is sold to the highest bidder, the community will lose an opportunity for ever.  Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital was built more than a century ago with money raised by the residents of Emsworth to help look after the health of local people.  Now a new community group wants to ensure that the hospital site by the roundabout in the town is redeveloped into an asset that could play a key role in everyone’s future health and wellbeing.

 

Since April this year a group of volunteers has been looking at what could be developed on the hospital site currently owned by the NHS (Property Services).  Dwynwen Stepien, chair of the voluntary group states:  “We aim to form the Emsworth Community Land Trust (Emsworth CLT) so that we can ensure that the old hospital site works for local people.  The steering group is exploring all possible options including affordable housing and a community space dedicated to helping people access healthier lifestyles. We will look at other sites too but this one is the priority.”

 

Harry Thuillier, Treasurer of Emsworth CLT adds: “This project is a huge challenge and the opinions of the people of Emsworth really matter.  Our first wish is to involve people and local organisations so that any plans we have are fully aired and shared. Once we are established properly as a charitable organisation we will encourage everyone to join the group as a member.” 

 

The group recognises that the biggest challenge is to raise enough money to acquire and develop this site and possibly others.  The Emsworth CLT steering group is currently exploring options to work with other organisations including Housing Associations. The vision of the Emsworth CLT is to include, on the redeveloped hospital site, a community place full of possibilities for people to get involved.  The main objective is to work closely with all community groups to explore what could be developed in the community space that enhances our health and wellbeing.

 

Local volunteers and fundraisers are encouraged to make contact with Emsworth Community Land Trust if they would like to be more closely involved in this project. The first public meeting is currently being organised for later in the year.  

The ECLT steering group promises regular updates on its activities via the EMS.  Please email emsworthclt1@gmail.com if you would like further information.

Dwynwen Stepien

For further information please contact: Dwynwen Stepien 07540 276 256   2/11/18