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HA25 - Sea Lane, Hill Head

Comment

This is a comment about HA23 & HA25 but the automatic format does not allow for a joint comment! I am particularly concerned about the effect on the rural nature of Sea Lane and the Stubbington Study Centre owing to the proposed house building on grazing fields either side of Sea Lane at its junction with Stubbington Lane. Loss of these open spaces would have an impact on the immediate ecology, so the effect on local wildlife must be assessed. Evaluation should be made of the fields to establish whether they contain any archaeological information. If, however, there is no avoiding house building then, the density of building should adhere to that typical of the immediate area. The style of house & garden should be in keeping with that of nearby housing. The rural character of Sea Lane should be retained by appropriate retention or replanting of trees and hedges. Great care should be taken concerning the access roads from the housing out onto Stubbington Lane since its junction with Sea Lane lies between the two fields. The impact of such access roads on the new road linking the Daedalus site with Stubbington Lane needs to be examined. I think that the access road from caused during building in the area around the junction of Sea Lane with H25 should be from Stubbington Lane and not from Sea Lane because of the presence of the other access road-junctions nearby to existing properties. I have concern about the disruption Stubbington Lane, which could necessitate access to Sea Lane from the seaward end of the lane. The sight-lines are very poor at the cross-road junction of Crofton Avenue with Monks Hill and Sea Lane. If more traffic were forced to use this access to Sea Lane there would be a much greater risk of accident.

PO14


Comment

1. Whilst it is accepted that housing development is an appropriate use of the Sea Lane site it is requested that the following points be taken into account. 2. The site allocation notice (HA52) indicates that "The quantum of housing proposed (ie. 8 houses) is broadly consistent with the indicative site capacity." However, this statement runs counter to the report's stated Design approach. Specifically, Para.10.4 of the Plan makes clear that "Particular regard should be given to the scale, density, massing, height, landscape, layout, spaciousness, materials and access of new development in relation to neighbouring buildings and the local area more generally. Innovative or original development styles and design will be encouraged; however this should not be to the detriment of high quality, valued local distinctiveness or the wider character of the area." 3. There are only 6 houses and one bungalow on Sea Lane. Thus, to build 8 houses in a relatively small plot at one end of the Lane would be very much out of keeping with the rural ambiance of the area and would run counter to the aim of preserving local distinctiveness. 4. Taking into account all aspects of the design policy, the proposed building density should be reduced to a more appropriate number. 5. Sea Lane is rustic in nature and thus popular, and well used by, walkers and cyclists. For this reason, maximum retention of the existing trees and hedges should be made a priority condition of planning consent. Such emphasis on retention would be supported by FBC's Policy on Natural Environment (NE1) concerning Landscape. The Policy's objectives include the statement that "development proposals must respect, enhance and not have severe adverse impacts on the character or function of the landscape that may be affected, with particular regard to (inter alia) natural landscape features, such as trees, ancient woodland, hedgerows, water features and their function as ecological networks." Para 9.10 also highlights the importance of conserving "hedgerows and trees (veteran and mature)." 6. Primary highway access to the site is currently envisaged as from Sea Lane but maximum retention of the existing hedgerow and mature trees, in accordance with the policies outlined above, would be afforded by mandating that primary highway access shall be from Stubbington Lane. 7. In summary, unsympathetic development of the Sea Lane site would undoubtedly be highly damaging to the local distinctiveness and inherent character of the area, which FBC has pledged to maintain. Therefore, FBC is urged to amend site specific requirements a) and b) of Development Allocation HA52, in accordance with the points made above.

PO14


Comment

Sea Lane is, as the name suggests, a rural pathway to the sea. When people walk down the lane it feels like a completely different setting to Stubbington Lane. Whilst accepting that this site will be used for housing, it seems only reasonable to ask that any development should not affect the character of this road. It is suggested that the site would take eight properties which would more than double the current property count. This does seem unbalanced and raises concerns about parking. Whilst each property will be allocated parking, it is any overflow that is the issue and will result in parking on Stubbington Lane or even on Sea Lane itself, both of which are hazardous. At present, the lane is very green and it is hoped that the hedgerows and trees will remain, the lack of pavement and street lights add to the character of the lane and would not be seen as 'improvements'. Access to the development from Stubbington Lane would enable more of the greenery and character to be maintained.

PO14


Object

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT: SEA LANE, HILL HEAD Reference: Draft Fareham Local Plan 2036 (Appendix A to FBC Executive Briefing Paper dated 9 October 2017). Development Allocation HA25, SHLAA Ref. 1394 1. The need for affordable housing in the Fareham Borough is fully appreciated; whilst it has been known for some time that the HA25 site has been potentially earmarked for development, it is surprising that so many dwellings are proposed for this relatively small site with limited access. 2. It is worth noting that the site is the only remaining open ground on the triangle of land that is formed by Sea Lane, Stubbington Lane and Crofton Avenue (with the exception of a small plot which is adjacent to the new roadway and traffic lights that are currently under construction on Stubbington Lane). The remainder already has residential properties on it. It would be a much better outcome if FBC were to reconsider the use of this land and allow it to be kept as valued open space. Is it not feasible that some of the land on the West side of the ex Daedalus Airfield site could be used for residential dwellings in place of some of the proposed industrial units? 3. The proposed density of dwellings for this site would be out of keeping with the established residential properties in the area, and the proposed access to the site off Sea Lane would only serve to increase the amount of traffic (already significant in terms of volume and speed at certain times of the day), on a rustic lane which is regularly enjoyed by walkers and cyclists. A Stubbington Lane access point should be examined again as the better option, if the development goes ahead. 4. Consideration must be given to the natural charm of the area – Sea Lane in particular, which preserves a country feel despite the housing development over the past 20 + years- and the importance of maintaining the hedgerows and as much of the tree line as possible in order to preserve the natural habitat for the wildlife that currently frequents the site: bats, badgers, foxes, newts, squirrels, birds of prey, breeding birds, hedgehogs and a mulititude of small mammals. 5. Consideration must also be given to the proximity of the proposed dwellings to adjacent properties. Sufficient distance from the boundaries must be allowed, along with adequate natural screening to safeguard the privacy of existing homeowners.

PO14


Object

This site opens onto a tiny sea bound lane and will not sustain the planned housing. It is directly underneath a busy flight path from the airport. Local services cannot sustain the planned volume of additional housing and the entire nature of the area, including the Stubbington Wildlife Reserve will be detrimentally impacted..

PO14


Comment

Large Format Response - Ref0043

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