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OLD Street – residents win first round

by Alex Brims on 8 April, 2018

Fareham’s Planning Committee threw out the proposal for 150 homes on farmland west of Old Street.

This is an update to previous OLD Street stories:

Alex and Jim at site of Old street application.

Planners said the development would seriously harm the landscape, appearance and function of the countryside.

It would damage the integrity of the strategic gap and the physical and visual separation of settlements.

Old Street artist impression of housing development.

They added that lack of plans for sustainable transport would result in more traffic. (Documents supporting this and other applications have painted an inaccurate picture of bus services in Stubbington and Hill Head.)

Those reasons for refusal offer hope that other proposed schemes in the countryside separating Stubbington and Hill Head from urban Fareham will also be refused.

Bill Hutchison from Hill Head residents association made a clear argument of the objections of local residents. Also Barry Duffin spoke about the impact on the animals in the natural reserve. with 67 species of birds on the RSPB ‘red list’, 27% were on the winter and summer surveys submitted by the developer.

There has been some upset that Hampshire County Council countryside service and Natural England removed objection in exchange for land.

Old Street

The Committee backed residents’ concerns about the effects on wildlife of building more homes so close to the Titchfield Haven reserve.

The developers may now appeal to a Government planning inspector.

See Final Decision Document of the Planning application P/17/1451/OA

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