Residents raise fears over revived plan for 1,100 homes at Newlands in Stubbington

  • More than 200 people attend meeting
  • Concerns raised over 1,000-home estate
  • Developers have decreased number of house in new application
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Hundreds of residents turned out to raise their concerns about a proposed housing estate.

A special Community Action Team meeting was held by Fareham Borough Council at Holy Rood Church, in Gosport Road, Stubbington tonight.

Cllr Sean Woodward addressing hundreds of residents who turned up to Holy Rood Church to hear about Hallam Land's plans for Newlands

 

Picture: Kimberley Barber

Cllr Sean Woodward addressing hundreds of residents who turned up to Holy Rood Church to hear about Hallam Land's plans for Newlands Picture: Kimberley Barber

The main item of discussion was a planning application put in by developer Hallam Land, which wants to build 1,100 homes on green fields off Peak Lane – on land designated as strategic gap between Fareham and Gosport.

Council leader Sean Woodward said: ‘This is not my application. It is not Fareham Borough Council’s application and the council would rather not have it.

‘What we are here to do is to give you all the facts so you can make comments.’

Hallam Land had initially put in an application in 2014 to build 1,550 homes, however things stalled after numerous objections.

It finally officially withdrew this application yesterday so it could channel all efforts into the new application, which has a lower number of houses as well as tweaks to its highway plans including providing part of a Stubbington bypass and works to improve Bishopsfield Road and Longfield Avenue, as well as a junction from Dunstable Walk.

Mary-Jo Frew, of Ranvilles Lane, organised a petition that gathered more than 2,000 signatures when the initial application was put forward.

She said the petition would be put forward against the new application.

She said: ‘It is still very similar. The people who were against it are still against it.

‘The traffic is appalling now, just imagine it with another 3,000 cars coming from this estate.’

Residents at the meeting raised concerns about traffic, strain on infrastructure such as roads, schools and doctors, flooding, plus the impact on the environment.

Terry Reardon, from Stubbington, said: ‘I have only been living in Stubbington for four months after retiring. It is packed as it is, it’s hard to park and the doctor’s surgery was hard to get into. I don’t think 1,100 more homes and their cars will help matters at all.’

Cllr Woodward said the application, which also includes a doctor’s surgery, pub, primary school and 80-bed care home, would likely come before the council’s planning committee this summer.

To make a comment on the application go to fareham.gov.uk using reference P/15/1279/OA before March 25.

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