Fareham Borough Council has successfully defended an appeal by Bargate Homes for up to 150 new homes on land west of Old Street, Hill Head.
The planning application was refused by the Planning Committee on 23rd March 2018 following which an appeal was lodged by the developers. This led to a Public Inquiry being held between 11-14 December 2018 and the decision to dismiss the appeal was published by the Planning Inspectorate on 22nd January 2019.
Reasons for dismissing the appeal were primarily:
Summing up in her conclusions, the Planning Inspector said ‘Notwithstanding the substantial benefits that would flow from the proposed development there would also be very substantial harm. The harm to the countryside within the valued landscape of the Lower Meon Valley outweighed the advantages of the scheme.’
Cllr Nick Walker, Chairman of Fareham Borough Council’s Planning Committee said: ‘I am delighted the Planning Inspector dismissed the appeal and the Planning Committee’s decision to refuse the planning application was upheld. It’s really good news for the Borough.’
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