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Just for the record…

by Jim Forrest on 30 September, 2021

Fareham’s Revised Local Plan, submitted to the Housing Secretary of State on September 30, proposes to allow the building of more than 1,000 homes east of Peak Lane and south of Longfield Avenue, and 180 homes south of Oakcroft Lane and west of Peak Lane.

Both sites are in Stubbington ward, and in the Strategic Gap, and your LIb Dem team have consistently opposed applications in these areas..

In leaflets delivered before the elections in May 2021, Conservative candidate Pal Hayre pledged:

“If elected, I will oppose and vote against further building in Stubbington – the infrastructure simply isn’t there.”

She was duly elected … and here’s what happened:

From the minutes of Fareham Borough Council meeting, June 7, 2021:

Having been duly proposed and seconded, and upon being put to the vote, the
recommendations (a) to (d) of the Revised Publication Local Plan Consultation
report were CARRIED
with Councillors I Bastable, Mrs S M Bayford, F Birkett,
Miss J Bull, T M Cartwright, Mrs L E Clubley, M R Daniells, P J Davies, T
Davies, S Dugan, Mrs T Ellis, J Englefield, M J Ford, N Gregory, Miss T
Harper, Mrs P Hayre, Mrs C L A Hockley, Mrs K Mandry, S D Martin, Ms S
Pankhurst, N J Walker, Mrs S Walker and S D T Woodward voting in favour … and Councillors J Forrest, G Kelly, Mrs J Kelly, R H Price and Mrs K K Trott
voting against.

Tories and Independents caved in and supported building in the Strategic Gap: Lib Dems stuck to their guns and continue to oppose it.