Fareham Borough Council is considering taking steps to expedite progress on the new Welborne development. A special meeting of the Executive has been called to consider the proposal.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council said: "It is being recommended to the Executive that the Council considers the compulsory purchase of land allocated for Welborne, and to seek a development partner in a bid to progress activity on site.
"Collectively the principal landowners and site promoters have been saying their land is available for development for more than 10 years. The site was identified in the Council's core strategy in 2011 and, more recently, the Welborne Plan was formally adopted in 2015. However, despite all parties being fully committed to the development, to date no planning application has been received. It is important that the development is progressed not only to provide the housing that Fareham needs but in order to help protect our countryside strategic gaps."
By considering the use of compulsory purchase and seeking a development partner, the Council is aiming to ensure the development can be delivered broadly within the timescales set out in the Welborne Plan.
Lines of communication between the Council, the principal landowners and site promoters remain open.
The Executive Meeting to discuss the options will be held at 6.00pm on 22 February in the Council's offices.
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