Public Exhibition of Minerals and Waste Plan Review – 23 November 2022

Just a reminder that HCC will be holding a public exhibition at Hamble Memorial Hall today from 4pm to 7pm. This exhibition relates to an internal review of the vision and policies in the existing Minerals and Waste Plan. HCC is now inviting comments on this revised policy.
๐—œ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐˜€ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ.
๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐—˜๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐Ÿฐ๐—ฝ๐—บ.ย  We have also prepared the following press statement, which has been circulated to the Daily Echo, the BBC, and to Meridian:

While we welcome tonightโ€™s exhibition by Hampshire County Council regarding the review of the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan, we remain unconvinced that Hamble Airfield is an appropriate site for a quarry, given its residential location and reliance on poor transport links.ย 

We have a number of significant concerns regarding the current planning application made by Cemex in respect of extracting gravel from the Airfield, and await clarification on various matters, this information having been requested in March.ย  We are also working closely with MP Paul Holmes and Eastleigh Borough Council to ensure that the Parish Council and communityโ€™s concerns are raised and considered at the very highest levels.ย 

We understand that the formal consultation on the Hamble Airfield planning application is likely to resume on 2 December 2022 and Hamble Parish Council will be engaging with residents early in the New Year once we have had the opportunity to consider Cemexโ€™s response to the Regulation 25 notice.ย  We are obviously concerned that the timing of this consultation will mean that the festive period will be a distraction, particularly for residents who will have other responsibilities and activities at this time.ย 

We have been disappointed at the lack of consultation and engagement from the applicant to date, and while tonightโ€™s exhibition will not directly influence the outcome of the planning application, are pleased that it gives the local community and residentsโ€™ action group their first opportunity to make their views known, and to lobby stakeholders including Hampshire County Council.

Resident feedback has shown that there is confusion surrounding the review of the Minerals and Waste Plan, the impact that this might have on the Cemex application, and specifically whether Hamble Airfield could be removed as an allocated site as part of this review.ย  We hope that tonightโ€™s exhibition will give our parishioners clarity on this process, and clearly explain why the Plan is being reviewed.ย 

From the Parish Councilโ€™s perspective, we will continue to support the local community and advocate for them throughout this process. ย In recent months we have held a public meeting and exhibition of the application documents, lobbied all relevant stakeholders, appointed a planning consultant to advise on the technical detail of the application, created working groups to scrutinise related materials, started a dialogue with local businesses, and have made all documents and information available to residents both on and offline. ย ย We will continue to listen to our parishionersโ€™ concerns, and to represent their interests and points of view in all future discussions with Cemex and Hampshire County Council.

While Hamble Airfield remains in the draft Minerals and Waste Plan as a site for gravel and sand extraction, this exhibition is an opportunity for local residents to make their views known to Hampshire County Council about the Hamble Airfield application.