Campdown II – A new developer tests the vacuum left by the withdrawn Local Plan

A public consultation has been launched for a housing development in Campdown, Purbrook. Residents will be able to have their say on 653 ‘high quality’ homes until July 25 when the consultation session ends.

To set the context, the site lies to the west of the A3(M), south of the Havant and South Downs College site on College Road, north of Crookhorn Golf Club. The proposals are separate from a previous planning application submitted by Persimmon Homes in 2019 for 780 dwellings on the same site.

Dandara, the prospective developers, say the estate site will provide a community centre, play space, trim trails and affordable housing.

The overview plan from Dandara is outlined in the yellow rectangle and detailed below:

Alex Laney, who is part of the development team at Dandara, said: “We are delighted to be bringing forward these new plans that will provide much needed market and affordable housing in Havant Borough. We want to hear the community’s feedback on our proposals, which we will consider as we finalise our plans and submit a full planning application. We are excited about the inclusion of a new community centre and we are encouraging existing residents to let us know what they think could be included in this new facility to ensure it benefits the local community.”

A webinar was held on July 18 at 6pm, to ‘give residents an opportunity to share their thoughts on the proposal’. In reality, the event was held using a ‘locked down’ implementation of Zoom for which conversation/exchange was not possible. Questions had to be posted in the chat session with the developer choosing which items they wanted to respond to. Since the content of the chat session itself was not visible to the viewers, the ‘opportunity for residents to share their thoughts’ was actually something of a sham.

You can watch the full video presentation further down this page, but if you want to skip to the highlights, you might like to start at one of the particular rather obviously prepared set of ‘questions’ by taking the link in the ‘Question Topic’ column.

Dandara Representative Question topics
Ben Baillie & Annelise EarlieLandscaping – removal of trees and hedgerows
Simon PackerPlanning topics – and the relationship with the Persimmon application.
Caitlin TurleyHighways and traffic
Leon DarrellInfrastructure, Drainage
Ben BaillieHousing mix
David WestMitigation of biodiversity
Ben BailliePolice and Fire Department objections to the Persimmon application
Annelise EarlieFencing at the golf club border
Alex LaneyTimescales
Alex LaneyCommunity Centre plans
Annelise EarlieHedgerows

Dandara has clearly been in discussions with Havant Borough Council on this development proposal for a considerable period of time.

You can watch the full recording of the webinar by clicking the arrow in the following image. Note that the link to submit your own comments is shown immediately below this video.

Give the developer your feedback

To provide your initial comments on the proposal, you can click the image below. Comments must be received by Monday 25 July.

The exercise is almost certainly to enable Dandara to prove that they have ‘engaged with the residents’, to whom the most important question might be Q4.

Click the image and have your say.