Stubbington car park rules to change

Parking in Stubbington village

Fareham Council is proposing to change the rules for car parking in Stubbington Green (the spaces outside shops) and the Rear of Standen House (behind the Snooker Hall).
The maximum stay will continue to be one hour (8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday) but the “No Return” period will be raised from two hours to four hours.
The Council say they are proposing this because some staff from local businesses park for the maximum permitted period, and then move the vehicles from one bay to another, or leave the car park to conduct business and then return to the car park, effectively using the car park as a free business car park.
They say this means fewer spaces for customers of the shops and small businesses and results in lower footfall and reduced trade.
There will be a consultation process before this takes effect. We’ll let you know when the consultation opens so that you can give your views.

Have your say on £100k artwork

Residents will get their say about a £100,000 artwork at the Daedalus Enterprise Zone, after pressure from Jim Forrest.
Fareham Council plans to erect the artwork, funded by developers of the IFA2 electrical interchange, on new public open space facing the Peel Common roundabout.
Council officers had approved a 3-metre-high galvanised steel design portraying Daedalus – who gave his name to the former military airfield.
They rejected several other designs – without revealing details of them.
But after a meeting of the Council’s Executive, the Council is to look at other designs, and involve the public in the choice.
Jim Forrest told the Executive: ‘We consulted the public recently on the naming of a public park. We should surely consult on such an expensive, high-visibility project.’
The Council has now decided to re-examine the project, involving a wider group of people.
Since we publicised the project in Ad Lib, a respected Hill Head sculptor, who had previously been unaware of it, has been able to contact the Council and register his interest in tendering. We hope the revised process for choosing a design will enable all local artists withthe appropriate skills to take part.

Guarding our green lungs

New owners wanted a 6-ft fence here

Almost half of the Open Space in Fareham is not owned by the Council, Lib Dems have discovered.
But policies are in place which should protect most of it from development – if residents are vigilant.
Jim Forrest asked a series of questions at the Council following the recent controversy over attempts to fence off open space at Springfield Way. (See our earlier story: Fence round open space rejected)
Jim was told that 140 out of 340 sites designated as open space are not Council property, That amounts to 47.9% of the total Open Space in the Borough.
But the Council’s Core Strategy restricts the loss of existing open space to development unless it can be shown that the piece of open space is of poor quality, under-used, or a better quality replacement site is provided which is equivalent in accessibility and size. Later national guidelines offer similar criteria.
We’ll continue to watch for planning applications relating to Open Space and notify residents as soon as they appear.
Then it’s up to residents to put their comments to defend the land’s continued public. use.
The full text of Jim’s questions and the Council’s reply can be seen in Item 12 of these Council minutes

Fence round open space rejected.

Applications to erect  two metre fences round part of the open space between Springfield Way, Dallington Close and Mulberry Avenue have now been rejected by planing officers.

(Details can be found on Fareham Council’s website, ref P/18/0864/LP and P/0866/LP.)

ButLib Dems have found that other green spaces could be under threat.

The green north of Springfield Way has been enjoyed by everyone for decades since the estate was built in the 1970s, but two sections  of the land were recently sold at auction.

Those sections, though listed as public open space in Fareham’s local plan, were never owned by Fareham Council.

Agents for the applicants said they wanted the fence to prevent vandalism, anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping, which would be to the detriment of the area.

Councillor Jim Forrest says: “I don’t recall any of these issues arising in this space in the 25 years I’ve lived in Hill Head. A fence would be of permanent detriment to the area, destroying the view and preventing lawful use.

“This explanation insults residents’ intelligence.”

Jim, who is Lib Dem spokesman on planning and development, adds: “This could have worrying implications for Fareham as a whole. I’ve made inquiries and found there are other sites around Fareham where land currently in use as open space is still in private hands.

“Residents should be entitled to a clear picture of whether land around them is public open space, or just permissive space which can be sold and closed off.

“I’ve put a question to the Council to ask how many such sites there are and what can be done to protect them.”

Have your say on bus service

Hampshire County Council has launched a public consultation about three services it helps to fund: street lighting, subsidised transport services, and the concessionary travel scheme.

Don’t miss the bus says Jim

It’s particularly relevant to Stubbington and Hill Head, because one of the services being looked at is the 21/21A bus service.
You can view the consultation and download a response form and information pack here
The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday, August 5, and we urge residents to take part.

Builders challenge Old Street decision

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 appeal. Residents who commented on the original application are able to attend – the date and venue will be announced later.

Jim Forrest and ALex Brims helped residents campaign against homes in the countryside gap

Previous comments about the application will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate. Residents can make further comments now, and all comments will be considered by the Planning Inspector assigned to this case.

You can view the appeal documents at http://www.fareham.gov.uk/casetrackerplanning using the application reference P/17/1451/OA.

If you wish to make comments on the appeal you must do so to the Planning Inspectorate by 15th June 2018.

You can comment online at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk. Or you can write (quoting the appeal reference APP/A1720/W/18/3200409 and providing three copies of your comments) to:
The Planning Inspectorate
Room 3/O Kite Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol
BS1 6PN

Developers eye up more countryside

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 Council’s Draft Local Plan.
They don’t mention that under the Draft Local Plan, the land west of the new road remains part of the strategic gap separating Stubbington frrom Fareham. Nor do they mention that the land on which Fareham Council is proposing to allow up to 475 homes under its revised plan is itself being sliced from the strategic gap as it was agreed under the original Local Plan in 2015. (Local Conservatives also neglected to mention that in their recent election literature).
Despite the company’s name, Fareham Land has nothing to do with Fareham Council. Their publicity mentions “pre-application discussions with the Council’s planning officers”, but that that doesn’t imply Council support – officers are obliged to have talks with anyone who proposes a development.

The company has not yet submitted any formal planning application. We’ll alert residents if they do, and we’ll publicise the timetable for residents’ comments.
The company is holding a public exhibition on Tuesday, May 22, 3-7pm at St Matthew’s Church, Wych Lane, PO13 0JN. Their website, with further details, is https://www.newgatelanepegasusgroup.co.uk/

Upgrade for Woodcote Lane

Woodcote Lane  – gravel and potholes

How the new surface will look

Residents in Woodcote Lane have suffered for years from a potholed, unmade road leading to their homes. It’s caused damage to their cars and made access difficult for visitors and deliveries as well as themselves.
Bus passengers from Newgate Lane and Albert Road who live closer to the new stops in Newgate Lane East than to the ones in Gosport Road have to pick their way through potholes and puddles (see Newgate Lane story below).
That makes it very difficult for people with walking aids to get to the buses.
But residents have been told the whole lane will be given a new asphalt surface, similar to that already laid near its exit on to the new road.
It won’t be full highways-standard surface because pipes and cables close to the surface prevent excavation to the depth required for a full remake.
But it will be some improvement for Woodcote Lane residents – something the Ad Lib team have long urged as part-compensation for having the new road so close to their homes.