Housing targets for Havant area are finally approved by council

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HOUSING targets for the Havant area have come into force today.

Havant Borough Council has formally adopted a plan for 6,300 new homes to be built in the borough over the next two decades.

The 186-page document – called the core strategy – is the council’s blueprint for how it wants the borough to develop until 2026.

The document will now form the basis of planning decisions made by planners.

It comes after the council got the seal of approval following a public inquiry.

The council has already committed itself to major developments in five areas.

The sites are the Public Service Village, which will be Havant’s new civic offices following a £13m revamp, Havant Thicket Reservoir, Woodcroft Farm, near Wecock, and the Waterlooville Major Development Area, which is set to have 3,000 homes once completed.

Dunsbury Hill Farm, near Warren Park, is also set to become a business park.

Cllr David Guest, who is in charge of planning, said: ‘The council would like to thank all those who have responded to these consultations, and given their ideas and opinions which have helped shape the core strategy.

‘Planning often presents a difficult balance between national and regional policy and local need and aspirations.

‘We trust that local residents, employees and employers will find that we are fulfilling the task of setting out a vision for the future of the borough with policies that reflect their own aspirations whilst delivering on national and regional requirements.’