Consultations over Fareham include Local Plan changes

By Chief Correspondent Rob Thomas / Photograph courtesy of Buckland Development

THE people of Fareham are being asked for their views on development generally in the borough and also on changes to a specific plan.

Fareham Borough Council is required to revise its Local Plan and claims the process has been hampered by central government altering the number of houses that must be built.

Its Executive Leader, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “It is the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework [NPPF], not the council that determines how many new houses must be built each year. Unfortunately, the development of our Local Plan has been complicated by various changes to this and we are now in the position where our housing requirement has increased again.”

Land for employment

related development

Latest increase required is from 403 to 541 homes to be built each year. And, in addition, the council must find land for employment related development – offices, industrial and warehousing space.

The website dedicated to the public consultation on the council’s proposals – specifies where and how many houses are to be permitted if the revised Local Plan is adopted.

As well as the website – which includes a special edition of Fareham Today – the council is hoping to hold meetings and exhibitions about the plans subject to the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions.

For those who cannot access the website or get to the meetings, paper copies of the consultation survey can be obtained by telephoning 01329 824601. They can use the same telephone number to make an appointment to view the proposals in the Civic Offices.

Mr Woodward is urging, “everyone to have their say, so we can make sure the Plan works for everyone”. And they have until Friday, July 30, to submit their views.

Construction of 6,000

homes by 2045

The controversial development of Welborne Garden Village would see the construction of 6,000 homes by 2045. It would mean that 34 percent of the increase in housing required in the Local Plan by 2037 would be on the greenfield site to the north of Fareham.

However, the Welborne plans have been beset by the problem of funding the associated improvements to junction 10 of the M27, which Mr Woodward says is, “critical to the success of Welborne Garden Village”.

After negotiations, an agreement has been reached by which the developer – Buckland Development Limited – will increase its contribution to the expected £90 million cost of infrastructure changes at the motorway junction from £20 million to more than £40 million.

However, this agreement involves changes in the potential number of affordable homes in the garden village.

Financial viability

assessment

The revised Local Plan would require that 40 percent of the dwellings in a development such as Welborne to be affordable though it also allows for the financial viability assessment of a development to include the cost of providing the necessary infrastructure.

In the Supplementary Planning Statement submitted by Buckland’s agent – David Lock Associates – the agreement now includes the provision: “The developer will deliver a minimum of 10 percent affordable housing across the development of development, with a target of delivering 30 percent affordable housing across the entire development subject to the outcome of regular viability reviews.”

These changes to the original outline planning permission require another public consultation prior to consideration by the council’s Planning Committee.

Further details of the amended planning application are at: and using reference P/17/0266/OA. The consultation period ends on Monday, July 5.