WITH the pandemic restrictions lifted, Fareham residents will have the opportunity to attend a series of public exhibitions and meetings about the borough’s Revised Publication Local Plan.
The introduction to Fareham’s plan sets out the importance of the document: “The Local Plan contains strategic priorities, policies and allocations which aim to achieve sustainable development in the Borough whilst also identifying and protecting its valued assets.
‘The Local Plan sets out what the council considers are
opportunities for development as well as clear policies
on what will or what will not be permitted and where’
“The Local Plan sets out what the council considers are the opportunities for development as well as clear policies on what will or what will not be permitted and where.”
The policies are particularly significant when it comes to making decisions on planning applications and the protection of the environment, and together with the priorities identified, influence the council’s spending on a range of services including infrastructure and social care.
Every local authority in England must have a Local Plan and it must be reviewed and revised.
In the foreword to the plan, the borough council’s Executive Member for Planning and Development, Councillor Simon Martin, accepts that although the review began in 2015, it has had to cope with changing national policy especially in respect of Fareham’s house building targets.
He states: “The preparation of a Local Plan through this changing landscape has presented a number of challenges and those who have followed the Local Plan process closely will note the many twists and turns between the previous consultation documents.”
Revised Publication Local Plan public exhibitions and meetings are:
- Tuesday, July 20– Fareham Community Church
- Wednesday, July 21 – Portchester Community Centre
- Thursday, July 22 – Victory Hall, Warsash
- Friday, July 23 – Titchfield Community Centre
- Monday, July 26 – Holy Rood Church, Stubbington
The exhibitions are 3-5:30pm and there is no need to book in advance to attend an exhibition though numbers will be managed to ensure venues do not become too crowded.
On the same day as the exhibition, there will be a Community Action Team meeting from 6-7:30pm. At these, residents will be able to watch a presentation and ask questions about the plan.
It is necessary to reserve a place for the CAT meetings so that, again, numbers can be monitored, and the council says that if the number of registrations approaches a venue’s capacity, it will look to add an additional meeting at that venue.
The council’s consultation on the Revised Publication Local Plan began on June 18 and runs until July 30.
More information and a link to the virtual exhibition can be found at: www.fareham.gov.uk/localplanconsultation.
Image (above): reproduced with permission from Fareham Borough Council