Nearly every major new development begins its life in a strategic plan developed by a local authority or similar.
Welborne Garden Village was first promoted as the North of Fareham Strategic Development Area in the South East Plan in May 2009 and became adopted as a policy of Fareham Borough Council in Part 3 of the adopted Local Plan, the Welborne Plan, in 2015.
An outline planning application for Welborne Garden Village (P/17/0266/OA) was first submitted in 2017 by Buckland Development Ltd, with all matters reserved for future determination except the works to M27 J10, the three highway junctions and related works to the A32. Revisions to this outline planning application were submitted in 2019 and it was approved by Fareham Borough Council in October 2019. In 2019, Buckland Development Limited produced a Simple Guide To The Planning Application (679 KB), which provided an overview of their proposals.
In December 2020, in order to resolve the funding challenges of and increase the developer's contribution to the M27 Junction 10 Improvement Scheme, which is vital to the development of Welborne Garden Village, a revised outline planning application was submitted. This contained a revised Supplementary Planning Statement and Viability Statement, together with the Environmental Impact Assessment Statement of Conformity, minor changes to the design of the A32 road layout and the Biodiversity Enhancement Strategy. The new outline planning application was approved again at a Planning Committee held on 27 January 2021.
In June 2021, the application was revised again to allow for the developer's contribution to M27 Junction 10 to increase to as much as £50M. The revisions were proposed to make sure that funding was in place for all the improvement works required to M27 Junction 10. The revised application included further revisions to the Supplementary Planning Statement and Viability Statement. This new outline planning application was approved again at a Planning Committee held on 23 July 2021.
You can view all the documents associated with the granting of planning permission at Welborne here. Please note that some of the files are very large and may take a long time to download.
An outline planning application is just the beginning of the process as, although it gives permission in principle for the development, it does not mean that work can begin.
There are various things that need to be approved through the planning process before development can begin.
The Planning Decision Notice sets out the 76 conditions attached to the outline planning consent, including:
Several planning applications have already come forward for consideration to discharge some pre-commencement conditions, create ecological habitat, create a North-South bridleway on the western side of Welborne, provide a car park to support the use of Dashwood as public open space and public right of way provision at Fareham Common. More information on the key applications can be found here:
Buckland Development Ltd will continue to submit planning applications to satisfy the various pre-commencement conditions imposed by the Council and for specific areas of the detailed development of the new community, known as Reserved Matters applications.
The Council has already approved the detailed designs for the proposed works to Junction 10 and the A32.
Buckland Development Limited submitted the Strategic Design Code for Welborne in March 2023. This sets out the design principles that will dictate the design, look and feel of Welborne Garden Village.
Exceptional design has always been at the heart of Fareham Borough Council's vision for Welborne so that it is developed with a unique character and identity. Once approved by the Council, these documents will set the exacting urban and landscape design requirements that all future development at Welborne should adhere to and ensure that all areas of the new community belong unmistakably to Welborne, no matter who the housebuilder partner is or what phase it belongs to.
All aspects of the development, whether residential, commercial, employment or educational, will be required to adhere to these principles. The guidance includes architectural, landscape and technical requirements and sets the framework to enable further Neighbourhood Design Coding so that each if the 14 distinct Neighbourhoods of Welborne create and maintain their own character and identity.
The Welborne Streets Manual has been submitted alongside the Strategic Design Code. This sets out the proposed approach to the street network elements such as signage, street widths, junction form, block form, parking, lighting, materials etc as well as the adoption strategy and a timescale for delivery. This will help underpin the quality of the public spaces that are to be created and give certainty to developers and councils that these elements can be delivered. The Welborne Streets Manual was approved and adopted by Hampshire County Council on 9 March 2023.
This strategy will set out how the residential development at Welborne will be provided. It will contain information about how the market and affordable housing will be delivered and the proposed phasing of the development. It will provide an indication of how many houses will be developed in each Neighbourhood,
including tenure type and mix; the number and distribution of custom and self-build plots, lifetime homes; specialist accommodation for older people, wheelchair adapted homes and Passivhaus standard (or equivalent) homes. It will also include provisions to ensure that the affordable housing units will be provided across the development to create a mixed and balanced community and how they will be indistinguishable from private residential units in terms of layout, garden size, external appearance, parking provision and quality of materials.
We expect to receive the first Reserved Matters Applications for housing development late in 2022.
The way that places are planned, designed, built and managed has a significant influence over whether communities are able to live healthy lives. The built and natural environments are important determinants of health and shape health inequalities.
Welborne is designed to be a community for twenty-first-century life, but one that looks to the past to learn lessons from the tried and tested principles of Britain's rich heritage of placemaking.It takes its cues from the villages and Garden Cities of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, places such as Bournville, Letchworth Garden City, Port Sunlight and Welwyn Garden City. These are settlements that were based on strong foundations of employment, beautiful design, sociability and long-term stewardship, and a century and more after their foundation they continue to uphold and be admired for these qualities.
These places share a set of characteristics and principles that underpin the thinking behind the Welborne vision:
More information about developing new communities and placemaking can be found on the TCPA's website .