Fareham Borough Council has been advised not to legally challenge the Cranleigh Road Appeal decision. That is the message that was received from the Council's legal advisers who were asked to examine the outcome of the Cranleigh Road Appeal.
Executive Leader of the Council, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: "We were extremely disappointed with the outcome of the Appeal which failed to acknowledge the Council's clear commitment to housing delivery over the long term in its current planning strategy. Consequently I asked for the decision to be examined by the Council's legal advisers to see whether we could legally challenge the decision in the courts.
"The basis of the Planning Inspector's decision boiled down to his view that there are insufficient new homes coming forward in the next five years to meet the needs of the local area. The legal advice therefore is that we would not be successful in challenging the Planning Inspector's decision despite ministerial guidance to the Planning Inspectorate that existing local plan figures should prevail while an updated local plan is being agreed. Officers have been working on that new local plan over the last two years which will extend to 2036.
"We will be consulting on the new Local plan in a few weeks' time. I would encourage all residents in Fareham to take part in this consultation. The Cranleigh Road Appeal decision highlights the importance of having a robust Local Plan and we will be doing our very best to make sure ours remains sound."
Community Action Team (CAT) meetings to discuss the Local Plan have been arranged. They will run from 7:00pm until 8:30pm and take place on:
For more information about the Draft Local Plan please contact the Council's Planning Team on 01329 824601.
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