Every Council is required to have a Local Plan, which it uses to allocate space for housing, employment opportunities, transport infrastructure and leisure and community facilities
Since the Council consulted residents on its Draft Local Plan in 2017, the Government has announced a new way to calculate housing need and new targets for each Council. This means that Fareham needs to plan for at least 520 new homes in Fareham every year.
The earlier Draft Local Plan does not provide enough space for these new homes, so the Council has consulted residents and businesses on the issues and options that will help plan properly for this additional housing as well as considering the environment and both existing and new infrastructure.
This consultation included a number of issues that the Council needs to consider when planning new housing as well as areas across the Borough that could be appropriate for future development to meet the increased housing targets. The issues and options were set out in detail in a special edition of the council magazine, Fareham Today (17 MB), which was delivered to homes and businesses in the Borough. The consultation took place from 10 June until 26 July 2019 and is now closed.
The Council will consider all the consultation responses when producing its preferred development strategy, including proposed additional housing allocations. Residents and other interested parties will be consulted on this strategy in Autumn/Winter 2019/2020.