Having visited the Southern site in the last two days I see that the sign for the public footpath has been re-instated at the Milk Lane entrance, unfortunately, further in beyond the oak tree there has been some fly tipping.
I will be meeting the developer on site next week to discuss in detail the Rights of Way, the fly tipping and possible actions to discourage travellers, who are believed to be in the area, from taking up residency on site.
Tree protection materials have been ordered for the whole site, sadly the fencing, which had been delivered to the northerly Taylor Wimpey site, was stolen, so they have had to re-order.
On Monday the 16th June a joint (Havant and Winchester) Planning Committee was held at Havant Borough Council. Monday’s session was to decide on two applications from Taylor Wimpey, the first application was the design codes for the northern part of the site. The second for the infrastructure in the same area. The design codes set the standard for any future planning applications on the site and will be a reference point for officers from both authorities when considering future applications. The infrastructure application includes strategic matters; highways (including footpaths and bridleways), drainage, tree surveys, ground investigation, ecology surveys/mitigation and construction traffic management. There was some lively debate on the applications, particularly the design codes, but after careful deliberation both were approved unanimously.
Tuesday 17th was a similar scenario, considering the same type of applications from Grainger PLC. There was again some lively debate and both applications were approved.
On site two weeks ago looking at the archaeological works on the south site. The archaeologists are carefully mapping out the various areas and painstakingly recording any finds. There are signs of Roman occupation with lots of pottery fragments.
Also on the south site there have been reptile ‘hibernacula’ created. These are areas designed to attract any reptiles on site (slow worms, snakes, lizards) so they can be transported away from any development land. Tiles, pipes or similar items are placed in spots where the reptiles will hide. A Great Crested Newt Fence has been erected to prevent the Great Crested Newts for entering the developable land area from the south of the sites too, see an example below.
On the southern site, you may be aware that some of the archaeological works have affected some of the rights of way and in particular, the Milk Lane access works have meant that walkers are ay some risk from site traffic. I am working urgently with the developer, Hampshire County Council and the rights of way officerto mitigate this situation as quickly as possible. Another footpath has been obscured by planting, the rights of way officer will be discussing this with the estate manager.
The large oak tree just beyond Milk Lane should have protection up around it within the next two weeks and the developer has put out a tender for a contractor to supply protection for all the other trees that are subject to a TPO (tree protection order). Similarly, on the north of the site, the developer there has placed an order for their protective fencing. All protection has to be to a British Standard, as this picture shows.