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Retail Chapter Summary Comments

R1: Hierarchy of Centres: Protecting the Vitality and Viability of Centres

R3: Other Changes in the Centres or Small Parades

R4: Out of Town Shopping

R5: Local Shops

Representations on Policy R1: Hierarchy of Centres: Protecting the Vitality and Viability of Centres

Number of representations on policy:2

Objection: 0

Support: 2

Comment: 0

Support

Supports the inclusion of new town centres uses to be 'designed at a scale and character which reflects the…. Distinctive qualities of the centre. (Historic England)

Approach of policy supported. (Gosport Borough Council)


Representations on Policy R3: Other Changes in the Centres or Small Parades

Number of representations on policy:1

Objection: 0

Support: 0

Comment: 1

Comment

The policy mentions hot food takeaways but does not mention the negative impact of such outlets on the food environment and potential health outcomes such as obesity. Fareham has higher than average rate of overweight and obese adults. Restriction of hot food takeaways is a method of potentially mitigating this issue. Public health recommends consideration of a policy to restrict new hot food takeaways. (Hampshire County Council – Public Health)


Representations on Policy R4: Out of Town Shopping

Number of representations on policy:2

Objection: 0

Support: 2

Comment: 0

Support

Support criteria (d) and (e) of policy. (Historic England)

Support approach of Impact Assessment requirement. (Gosport Borough Council)


Representations on Policy R5: Local Shops

Number of representations on policy: 3

Objection: 2

Support: 0

Comment: 1

Objections

Community facilities and retail is a must on all of the Draft Plan sites.

Many of the real shops have been lost and the centres are full of cafes, restaurants, phone shops and beauticians.

Comment

There needs to be better retail shops in Fareham that sell DVDs and CDs so that people do not have to visit cities.

Partial or Anonymous Representations on Policy R5: Local Shops

Below are details of any new matters raised (i.e. not listed above) that have been received in either anonymous or partially completed representations. These representations have limited weight but have been read, considered and reflected below in the interest of transparency.

Comment

The shopping areas have changed and become cheap and scruffy.



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