Persimmon Homes have been successful in their appeal to build new homes on land at Cranleigh Road, Portchester. This follows a Public Inquiry held by a Planning Inspector at the Civic Offices between the 25-28th April 2017.
The Planning Inspector did not consider the Council had currently identified sufficient land across the Borough to provide housing needed over the next five years. Whilst the Planning Inspector acknowledged that high quality agricultural land would be lost, and that development of this piece of countryside would harm its character and appearance, he concluded that any harm was outweighed by the need to make land available for housing within the Borough.
This means outline planning permission has been granted for a residential development of up to 120 dwellings accessed from Cranleigh Road, along with public open space, including a play area, pedestrian walk ways, surface water drainage and landscaping. The Council will be seeking legal advice on the soundness of the appeal decision.
The application to build homes at Cranleigh Road was initially refused by Fareham Borough Council in March 2016. The Council received around 500 objections to the development from local residents and societies.
The amended outline planning application from Persimmon Homes South Coast sought to develop the land north of Cranleigh Road and west of Wicor Primary School (see site location plan below) to provide the following:
You can view the whole planning application on our website at www.fareham.gov.uk/planning and by using the reference number P/15/0260/OA (further information on our Terms and Conditions are at the end of this page).
At their meeting on the 24th March 2016, the Planning Committee voted unanimously to refuse this planning application. The decision notice issued by Fareham Borough Council which sets out the reasons for refusal in full can be viewed below.
The above planning application was refused by Fareham Borough Council on 24 March 2016.
An appeal has been made against this decision by Persimmon Homes South Coast. Planning appeals are decided by an executive agency known as the Planning Inspectorate.
The Planning Inspectorate will hold a Public Inquiry to discuss the appeal which is likely to be in the Spring 2017. You are able to attend and the Council will publicise the date, time and venue details before the Inquiry.
All representations made to the Council previously about the application have been forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate. All comments will be considered by the Planning Inspector assigned to this case when deciding the appeal. Once an appeal decision has been received we will publicise the outcome.