7th January 2016
Costa Coffee Planning Application to Havant Borough Council
10/12 High Street, Emsworth, PO10 7AW
Thank you for contacting me about the application by Costa Coffee to Havant Borough Council to occupy 10-12 High Street Emsworth, a building left empty since Barclays Bank left over a year ago.
Representation to Havant Borough Council
Planning and development in the constituency is the exclusive responsibility of Havant Borough Council and its Planning Committee, who are the sole decision-makers for this planning application. I would, therefore, recommend that local residents, community groups, businesses and any other interested parties send their thoughts, comments and ideas to the Committee (http://www.havant.gov.uk/contact-us; Planning Development: 023 9244 6015, Havant Borough Council, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 2AX).
Working with the Emsworth Business Association and other Stakeholders
I have been in touch with Giles Babb, the Chairman of the Emsworth Business Association (EBA) and will maintain contact with him.
If Giles Babb and the EBA or others ask for my assistance, I have offered to take any or all of the following steps:
1) I will write to Havant Borough Council asking them to ensure that due weight is given to local residents and businesses on all sides of the argument. As the Member of Parliament for the area, I am obliged to represent those in favour and against any proposed plans.
2) I will chair a meeting with relevant stakeholders, which will be arranged by the EBA if they desire such a meeting.
3) I will make representations to Costa Coffee on behalf of the EBA and other interested parties, setting out the views on all sides.
Additionally, I am in contact with the Emsworth Havant Borough Councillors, who have agreed to meet and support the EBA and residents with views on this issue and to represent these views at Council level.
My support for Emsworth Businesses
I am committed to supporting Emsworth’s economy and I am a regular customer in a variety of local businesses and coffee shops. I attend many EBA events and welcome the many excellent small businesses across the constituency, particularly given the fact that I have already set up and run my own small business and helped run my family’s high street shop. I speak up for small businesses in Parliament when I am able and I was delighted to spend Small Business Saturday in December 2015 visiting a large number of highly successful small businesses, including in Emsworth in conjunction with the EBA. I am the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Entrepreneurship and I am also actively involved in the APPG for Market Towns and Town Centres and the APPG for Small Businesses.
Government Support for Small Businesses
Small businesses are at the heart of our local economy and are responsible for nearly half the job creation in the UK. I am proud of our record in supporting them and can assure you of the Government's determination to go further and back small businesses to the hilt.
Corporation tax which has already been cut to 20 per cent will be cut again to 19 per cent in April 2017 and 18 per cent in April 2020. The Employment Allowance which cuts employer's National Insurance bills and makes it cheaper for them to take on staff will also increase to £3,000 next year.
Small businesses have been able to get cash grants to take on an apprentice and £10 billion of red tape was cut during the last Parliament. However, the Government is not stopping there and is not standing still. A new Enterprise Bill will ensure we are the best place in Europe to do business and another £10 billion of regulation will be cut by 2020. To help small businesses manage disputes, particularly over late payment, a Small Business Conciliation Service will be established.
The Prime Minister has set a target of 600,000 new business starts a year by 2020, which I fully support. We will do this by ensuring businesses get paid on time, get the fast broadband access and the finance they need to grow. Importantly, these plans are backed by businesses themselves.
In the Havant constituency, I will also be launching the first ever Havant Start Up Fund to support local residents who want to start their own businesses.
As the situation in Emsworth develops, I will endeavour to keep constituents updated on this issue with updates on my website where necessary and in the meantime, I would encourage residents, local businesses, community groups and others to contact Havant Borough Council, who are the sole decision-makers in this instance, with their views, ideas and concerns.
ALAN MAK MP
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