New development rules could create hundreds of jobs in Havant and Waterlooville

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HUNDREDS of jobs could be created for local people across Havant and Waterlooville as part of a new scheme.

Developers will be encouraged to employ local people and offer apprenticeships and training for all new major developments in the Havant borough.

It comes as Havant Borough Council aims to tackle unemployment – which stands at almost four per cent in the borough.

Figures show that some parts of Leigh Park have worryingly high unemployment, with more than one in 10 men out of work.

Under the plans, developers would need to demonstrate how they would give local people access to jobs and training.

These plans will be required for the construction phases of residential developments of more than 50 homes and commercial schemes of more than 1,000 square metres.

Plans will be required for commercial schemes that provide more than 50 jobs after the development has been built.

The plans will be used for major development at Havant’s Public Service Village, Havant Thicket Reservoir, Dunsbury Hill Farm, Woodcroft Farm and the Waterlooville Major Development Area.

Around 28 potential housing sites in the borough would have the employment plans for their construction phase.

Councillor David Guest, deputy leader, said: ‘The big issue is to get apprenticeships and training out for young people. So on any major development that takes place within Havant borough, we are trying to make sure that developers appreciate the need to provide these apprenticeships.

‘The reaction has been extremely positive. Developers are taking this on board.’

The scheme is set to be piloted in Purbrook.

It comes as Barratt Homes plans to build 76 homes at Purbrook Park playing fields.

This will be used as the basis for an application for National Skills Academy for Construction Status.

This means that young people would be able to access industry-accredited training as developments are being built.

But a council report says the scheme would be flexible.

It says: ‘These measures will be negotiated on a site by site basis and will not be unduly onerous while still delivering real benefits on the ground. This is in line with the National Planning Policy Framework, which states that developments should not be subjected to a scale of obligations that would threaten their ability to be developed viably.’