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THCH Response to HCC proposal to reject our proposals for Haven House

Hampshire County Council are meeting on the 31st July to make a decision on our proposal to take control of Haven House. The links below show HCC's recommendation to reject our business plan: HCC Titchfield Haven Report Link HCC Meeting Agenda 31st July 2023

THCH has emailed the following to all the councillors on the Universal Services Select Committee along with our local MPs etc:

Dear Councillor,

This email and its attachment is being sent to all councillors on the Universal Services Select Committee. A copy is also being sent to Cllrs Humby, Adams-King and Oppenheimer, Dame Caroline Dinenage MP, Suella Braverman MP, and circulated to all Fareham councillors.

On 31 July 2023 you will meet to discuss a report from officers regarding the future management of Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve and Haven House.

You are being asked to approve the officers’ recommendations that the bid from Titchfield Haven Community Hub (THCH) to acquire Haven House and operate it as a community hub, café and holiday accommodation is declined. You are also being asked to decline the proposals put forward by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT) for the future management of the Reserve.

We are writing to ask you to recommend to the Executive Members either that the officers’ recommendations are declined and our bid is accepted, or that consideration of the officers’ report is adjourned, with a view to agreeing a period of time during which constructive and mutually beneficial discussions can be held with officers about our bid, and pledges and other sources for funding the balance of the monies required for the works to Haven House can be secured.

We are also writing to express our deep disappointment that since submitting our bid on 13 June 2023 officers have not attempted to engage with us other than a request for further information on our bid. Indeed, they failed to take up our offer to go through the detailed spreadsheets which support the business plan.

The result is that the report’s recommendation, to reject our bid, is based on a series of flawed assertions, the most egregious of which is the assertion that notwithstanding the clear community benefits which could be delivered by the bid, these ‘do not outweigh the previously identified need to invest in the Reserve’.

This contrasts with the judgment of the Community Ownership Fund team at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities which has awarded THCH capital grant funding of £155,549 towards the cost of repair and refurbishment of Haven House and some £30,000 towards THCH’s start up revenue costs.

The attached document sets out why the reasons given in the report for rejecting THCH’s bid are flawed, and why reverting to the original proposals approved by the then Executive Member for Countryside, Culture and Communities and Executive Member for Policy, Resources and Economic Development on 8 December 2022, to sell Haven House on the open market, is also flawed and short-sighted.

Yours sincerely,

Pamela Charlwood, Director and Chair

Lynne Murray, Director and Secretary

Caroline Herbert, Director

The full response is in the attached PDF:

THCH Full Reponse to HCC
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Response by Titchfield Haven Community Hub Limited to a report to the Universal Services Select Committee meeting on 31 July 2023 on Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve Future Management and Haven House

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