Fareham Borough Council will proceed with its plans to expedite progress on the new Welborne development.
A special meeting of the Executive approved the decision this evening to seek a development partner for the site and to consider, should it prove necessary, the use of compulsory purchase of the land.
Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Seán Woodward said: "Whilst the Council is aware that all landowners and site promoters remain committed to the development of Welborne, to date no planning applications have been put forward for consideration.
"This raises a question mark over the key delivery dates for housing as outlined in our Local Plan, and agreed by the Inspector. By taking the steps of seeking a development partner and being willing to consider the use of compulsory purchase, the Council aims to reinstate certainty around delivery of housing and the supporting infrastructure."
The progress of Welborne has an impact on Fareham in terms of housing, employment and infrastructure. The development will play a significant role in delivering the houses needed to meet Fareham's future housing requirement, including 2,000 affordable homes. This reduces the need to use additional green-field sites for housing and will therefore help to protect Fareham's green gaps.
Once underway, it will be a huge boost to employment in the area, initially through all of the construction work and then, longer term, through the provision of business spaces.
Eventually, everyone in Fareham will benefit from the planned improvement to J10 of the M27 which will be upgraded to an 'all moves' junction and plans for this will be in place before any new homes are built.
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