Fareham Borough Council has successfully defended an appeal by Foreman Homes Ltd for up to 150 new homes on land east of Posbrook Lane in Titchfield.
The planning application was refused by the Planning Committee on 14 December 2017 following which an appeal was lodged by the developers. An Inspector was appointed by the Secretary of State and a Public Local Inquiry, followed by a site visit, took place between the 6th and 9th November last year. The decision to dismiss the appeal was published by the Planning Inspectorate on 12 April 2019.
In his letter dismissing the appeal the Planning Inspector shared the same concerns as the Council and many local residents. In particular the Inspector highlighted:
Summing up his report, the Planning Inspector said ‘I conclude that the proposed development would result in material harm to the character and appearance of the area. This would result in harm to a valued landscape.’
In addition, the Inspector noted that the Council is making positive steps to meet its local housing need through granting planning permissions for new homes elsewhere and through the progression of the Welborne development.
Cllr Nick Walker, Chairman of Fareham Borough Council’s Planning Committee said: ‘I am delighted that once again a Planning Inspector has agreed with the Planning Committee’s original decision and dismissed the appeal. This is the third time in recent months that we have successfully defended an appeal by a developer. This should reassure residents that our planning policy continues to have the overall balance of the Borough, its character and environment at its heart.’
The letter from the Planning Inspector may be viewed in full on the Council’s website.
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