Monthly Archives: October 2008

Planning Matters and Trees

As you may know, the present date for joint planning committee consideration of the Wimpey Phase 1 Housing Application is the 20th November at Havant BC. The case officers at Havant and WCC are working hard to prepare their report and hence recommendation for this meeting, this involves including consultation responses that have been received.

I am pleased to report that the tree protection has been completed on the Old Park Farm Site, including this tree, which had a sorry piece of tape around it and now has full Heras rail fencing in accordance with the British Standard.

Before full protection

Before full protection

 I have always thought that even though there is minimal activity on site at the moment, it’s important to have the trees looked after well ahead of time especially as they have Tree Protection Orders on them.

The barrier is in place at Milk Lane on the Plant Farm Site, it is lockable and should prevent unauthorised access for vehicles.

Latest updates on roads and ecological works

You will probably all be aware of the works ongoing along Maurepas Way (I know I am when I travel out on site!) The two lane reduction is only a temporary measure until the works are completed, the next stage will involve some work during peak hours, so the contractors will be working a shift system to speed things up as much as possible.

On the Southernmost part of the site there have been some clearance of hedgerows and scrub, this area will be the corridor used for the main services to serve the development, due to commence with phase 1 next year. It’s  being done at this time of year because there are no nesting birds and it has to be at sometime to ensure minimal delay next year. There has been some concern about a temporary ‘entry point’ that has been created from Purbrook Heath Rd, the developer will be fencing this in. See the following work plan.

protected-species-mitigation-plan 

To the north of the site, Taylor Wimpey, ecologists have been working to collect all of the protected species, newts, dormice etc and move them away from the development area so they can re-establish well before development starts. An area is fenced off so they can’t escape back again! See photograph.

A new safe home

A new safe home

Anyway, that’s the latest news from the WoW site for the moment, I will provide more updates in the next week or so.