A Government Inspector will today (November 11) open a second Independent examination of Fareham Council planning policy that could have implications for development sites across the whole Borough.
David Hogger, who chaired the Welborne Plan Examination last month, will hear representations from the Council, individual residents and development companies over the next two weeks before deciding whether Fareham's Development Sites and Policies Plan is sound or not.
The Council is proposing to allocate brownfield or undeveloped sites within the boundaries of the Borough's existing urban areas, including key sites within Fareham Town Centre, for housing.
Housing developers, many of which are likely to be giving evidence during the examination, are keen to build thousands of new houses on greenfield sites in the borough south of the M27.
Fareham Council Executive Leader Sean Woodward said: "We in common with other local authorities are required to make sufficient land available for new housing. Fareham's Development Sites and Policies Plan is designed to ensure that, in addition to Welborne, development in the Borough is directed at largely brownfield sites including in Fareham Town Centre and within urban areas that would benefit from regeneration.
Fareham's existing Core Strategy sets out the borough's housing requirements for the period to 2026. In addition to the 6,000 homes to be provided at Welborne, the strategy requires 3,729 dwellings to be provided in the remainder of the borough in the period 2006 to 2026. As we are already 8 years into that period the majority of these dwellings have already been built or have planning permission.
"Fareham is under siege from developers and many of our most sensitive areas of countryside, including strategic gaps, between our town and our villages, largely south of the M27, are under their control and they are fighting hard to get them allocated for housing."
"If the Council's plan is found sound it will considerably strengthen our hand in resisting the development of many countryside locations across the borough."
Notes to Editors:
The new sites that Fareham Council is proposing to allocate for housing development as part of the Development Sites and Policies Plan are:
The sites outside the existing settlement boundaries currently being considered for housing by developers across the Borough, and which could be discussed during the Examination, are:
For further information contact:
Contact details : Kevin Briscoe, Acting Comms Manager, 01329 824310
fax: 01329 550576, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases
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