Plans that create a blueprint for the future development of Fareham have been found to be sound by independent planning inspector David Hogger.
The Welborne Plan and the Development Sites and Policies Plan have both been declared sound by Mr. Hogger in his report published today.
Both plans incorporate all the main modifications to each plan that Mr. Hogger requested of the council following separate public hearing sessions held in October and November 2014. In his report, Mr. Hogger said the council had proposed the modifications and he had recommended their inclusion after considering representations.
No further modifications were required for either plan so both will now be put forward for formal adoption by the Council at a special meeting on 8th June. If adopted, both plans will become planning policy for the council.
The approval of the Welborne Plan now provides the blueprint for the development of the new settlement of approximately 6,000 homes with supporting employment, retail and infrastructure, located to the north of the M27 motorway.
The Development Sites and Policies Plan sets out how the council is allocating land for housing, how growth is being planned for and how the natural environment will be protected. The Plan, which covers the period to 2026, allocates housing sites within Fareham Town Centre and in other urban areas in the borough.
Executive Member for Planning and Development, Councillor Keith Evans said: "We are delighted that the independent inspector has found these two plans, which will have such a significant effect on the borough, to be sound. That means that in the view of the independent inspector, our planning officers had taken everything into account that they must take into account and that these plans provide for realistic and sustainable development in the borough for many years to come."
Executive Leader of the Council, Councillor Seán Woodward said: "The endorsement of these plans by the government inspector means the landowners who want to develop these sites - including the land earmarked for Welborne - now have clear guidelines on how to proceed and what is expected of them and of the council. Our aim has always been to allocate land for a single 6,000 home community at Welborne with the entire required infrastructure, rather than those 6,000 houses being built in smaller pockets throughout the borough with no supporting infrastructure. We will now get that multi-million pound investment in infrastructure in the Borough that will make these developments sustainable."
The inspector's report on both plans can be viewed on the Council's website at www.fareham.gov.uk/planning. Both plans will now go to a special meeting of the Council on 8th June for formal adoption.
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