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Builders challenge Old Street decision

by Jim Forrest on 15 May, 2018

Bargate Homes has appealed against Fareham Council’s refusal of 150 homes on land west of Old Street, near the nature reserve. Deadline for appeals to the Planning Inspectorate is June 15. Planning appeals are decided by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate, not Fareham Borough Council. The Planning Inspectorate will hold a Public Inquiry to discuss the […]

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Developers eye up more countryside

by Jim Forrest on 12 May, 2018

A company calling itself Fareham Land, part of the Pegasus Group,has published a proposal to build 200 homes on land between the old and new routes of Newgàte Lane, surrounding the historic Peel Farm house. They say it would “provide a naturàl extension” to the 475-home community proposed east of the new road in Fareham […]

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To say the housing numbers we have today is the sole fault of government is a gross exaggeration. The housing projections we have today never even went in front of all the members, simply a selective few. While we wait for the Government to announce their final draft of the New National Planning Policy Framework, which […]

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Revised local plan will be crucial for village

by Jim Forrest on 19 April, 2018

Fareham has to find sites for almost 3,500 extra homes in the next few years. This is because of delays to the 6,000-home Welborne plan which the Tories said would meet housing need. So a revised local plan is being discussed to find sites for these, while as far as possible preserving strategic gaps between […]

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26 new houses in Green Belt

by Alex Brims on 8 April, 2018

26 houses on Ranvilles Lane and Oakcroft Lane There has been a planning application for 26 houses on the land next to Ranvilles Lane and Oakcroft Lane near the Ark RSPCA centre. It is controversial as part of the land is on the site of the derelict Grange House and part of the land is in […]

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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: 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 […]

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Lack of infrastructure

by Alex Brims on 20 March, 2018

  This is an important time for Fareham as the new Local Plan is being debated and residents views are being sought. On Planning, we are continually questioning how decisions are reached and arguing for transparency. Residents justifiably complain to us of a lack of infrastructure accompanying new developments. Alex Brims wants the council to take […]

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Old St decision – Wednesday 21st March

by Jim Forrest on 9 February, 2018

UPDATE: Planning meeting to be on Wednesday 21st March.   Bargate Homes’ proposal to build 160 houses at Old Street is likely to come to Fareham’s Planning Committee in March. Fareham planners have good grounds for rejecting it, because the Local Plan designates the site as part of the Countryside Gap separating Stubbington and Hill […]

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LIDL: Fight to protect jobs

by Jim Forrest on 20 January, 2018

LIDL is being allowed to demolish its existing store in Newgate Lane, and the adjoining Apex Centre business units, to enable them to build a bigger store. Three of the Planning Committee members voted against the proposal. They had tried to insist that the present store could not be demolished until the businesses in the […]

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IFA2: Safety and noise tackled

by Jim Forrest on 4 January, 2018

IFA2, the inter-connector project at Daedalus, took a step closer at recent Council meetings. The plans have been modified, reducing the size of the building and improving landscaping proposals to reduce its impact. Safety concerns have been addressed, with live tests to ensure aircraft instruments would not be affected, and there are important conditions in […]

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