Builders eye up Bypass site

Before work has even started on the Stubbington Bypass, the developers are circling…

Foreman Homes Ltd have asked Fareham Council for an Environmental Impact Assessment screening opinion ahead of a potential application to build 500+ homes on either side of the bypass at Titchfield Road.

(See P/20/0005/EA in this week’s list of planning and other applications.)

This is NOT a planning application, but it’s a request for information that developers often seek to assess their chances of getting permission to build.

Cllr Jim Forrest says: “When residents were campaigning for a by-pass a few years ago, I warned at a CAT meeting ‘Be careful what you wish for’.

I said that while reduction in through treafic would help households in Titchfield Road and Gosport Road in the short term, it carried the risk that builders would seize on the new road as an opportunity for infill development.

“This screening request is extremely worrying for Stubbington.”

Axe poised over libraries

Make sure you take part in Hampshire’s consultation on the future of libraries – They’re proposing to close 14 of the 42 libraries across the county.

Cutting libraries destroys communities, says Jim Forrest

Thankfully, Stubbington Library is not earmarked for closure. But Lee-on-the-Solent Library is, so we can expect even more pressure on Stubbington’s car parks as readers from Lee have to travel to get their books.
The consultation runs until March 18. You can take part online, and download an information pack here.

Christmas crunch

Stubbington has seen some rather crunchy driving over the holiday period, judging by the damage to the safety barrier outside the War Memorial, and the traffic island outside the Red Lion.


Jimmy Roberts of the Ad Lib Focus team has asked Hampshire County Council if they have plans to replace the damaged bollard and railing.

End to austerity? Not here

Hampshire County Council is proposing another £80million of cuts in its so-called Transformation to 2021. The Tory Government tell us austerity is supposed to be over – measures like these from the Tory County Council tell us it’s not!
• £1.76 million cuts to libraries – which could mean some whole library closures, or day closures at many other libraries
• A whole range of further cuts to Home to School Transport.
• £596,000 reduction to the Short Breaks for Disabled Children programme
• £8.2 million of waste costs to be dumped onto district councils
• £1 million from introducing charging for wood disposal at Household Waste REcycling Centgres
• Another £500,000 saving from switching off street lights or further dimming of them
• An astonishing £43.1million cut to the Adult Care Services budget, when the need is increasing rapidly

Shelter spruce-up

Staff at Fareham Council acted quickly when we asked for this area round the bus shelter at Gosport Road / Harold Road to be strimmed.

Weeds were spilling into the shelter from the verge

The Grounds chief undertook to find out why it was unmanaged. A week later, the work was done, and it’s once more an attractive refuge for the many people who use it.

Oakcroft Lane: 261-home scheme thrown out

Fareham’s Planning Committee has rejected Persimmon’s plans for 261 homes on land at Oakcroft Lane between Crofton Cemetery and Peak Lane.
Planning officers listed 21 detailed grounds for refusal, and Stubbington councillor Jim Forrest said in a submission to the committee: “This is inappropriate development which would lead to coalescence of settlements and degradation of design standards which FBC has striven to uphold.
“Not only would it be detrimental to the character of Stubbington, approval of this scheme ahead of adoption of a new Local Plan could be taken as a precedent for assault on those standards in other parts of the Borough”

More pressure for housing sites

Fareham Council is running a Consultation until July 26 about revisions to its Local Plan.
This is because the Government has announced a new way to calculate housing need, and Fareham now needs to plan for at least 520 new houses every year.
There will be a Community Action Team meeting about it at Holy Rood Church on July 8. Details of later CAT meetings can be found at www.fareham.gov.uk
It’s a big issue for Stubbington and Hill Head.
Persimmon wants to build 261 homes on the land east of Crofton Cemetery. Other developers have their eye on land near Newgate Lane.
Till now these sites have been part of the Strategic Gap – but will a new Local Plan still protect them?

Ad Lib team members Jimmy Roberts, Carole Stone, Alex Brims and Jim Forrest view the threatened field south of Oakcroft Lane.

What’s doing at Daedalus?

Today, Thursday March 7, you can have your say on Fareham Council’s “Vision for Daedalus” recently  approved by Fareham Council’s Executive.

Residents often ask us about developments at the airfield, so to help, you can find the document on the meeting agenda here:
(Look for Item 9(3) Attachment 1.)

A special Crofton CAT meeting about Daedalus is being held on Thursday, March 7 at the Innovation Centre in Meteor Way where residents can question the Leader of Fareham Council about the airfield.

Jim Forrest sits on a Council members’ working group which receives regular briefings about the airfield.

He also recularly attends a consultative group set up by National Grid where local councillors and residents’ groups are briefed about the work involved in building the IFA2 interconnector and bringing ashore the cables which will carry electricity supply across the Channel.

At meetings of both groups he raises the questions and concerns of Stubbington people, and reports back to residents through Ad Lib, the Facebook page @LibDems4Crofton, and this website

 

Community victory in Old Street appeal

Great news! Refusal of 150 homes in Old Street beside the National Nature Reserve has been confirmed by the Government’s Inspector.

As well as protecting Titchfield Haven, the reasons for refusal give hope that other parts of the Strategic Gap between Stubbington/Hill Head and Fareham can be defended.

Congratulations to the local residents who campaigned with such determination and skill .

To see the judgment, go to http://www.fareham.gov.uk/casetrackerplanning
and search for P/17/1451/OA

The Inspector’s ruling acknowledges that Fareham Council’s housing supply policies are out-of-date and do not meet Government requirements.

But it goes|on: “However, that does not mean that the protection of landscape character and the separation of settlements is a matter to be set aside.

“The National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework) recognises the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside and seeks the protection and enhancement of valued landscapes.

“Whilst strategic gaps are not specifically referred to, it endorses the creation of high quality places, which would include respecting the pattern and spatial separation of settlements.

Lib Dems have always argued that the green fields separating Stubbington from south Fareham are a priceless asset for the whole borough, keeping its character as a group of communities rather than a shapeless urban sprawl.