1,500 new homes for Fareham over the next 14 years

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FAREHAM will have to find room for almost 1,500 new homes over the next 14 years.

This figure comes on top of up to 7,500 that will be built in the creation of the new town north of Fareham.

The 1,453 new homes will be part of Fareham Borough Council’s local plan, the document which will set out how the region will grow through to 2026.

But the Tory council leader has moved to reassure people that most of the sites are already allocated – and that it will not mean building on gaps between existing towns and villages.

Cllr Sean Woodward said: ‘When we started this process, we were looking at a new town of up to 10,000 at north Fareham and 3,700 for the rest of Fareham.

‘We have reduced the new town to 6,500 to 7,500, and many of those other homes have already been delivered.’

More than 2,000 homes have already been built or had work started on them in Fareham since 2006, when this 20-year local plan period began.

Sites have been identified across the borough which can take the housing – including up to 350 in the town centre.

Cllr Woodward added: ‘We are really only looking for sites for a further 100 homes. Most of that need is at sites that already have planning permission, or on sites allocated for development.

‘It’s only a very small gap that we have to make up, which might even be made up through windfall sites.

‘It has worked out as I promised it would, that we keep our strategic gaps between our towns and villages.

‘They are mostly brownfield sites, taking out office buildings or whatever, infilling, and in the town centre it will be denser development with less parking allocated because they will have better access to public transport and the town’s facilities.’

Cllr Jim Forrest, leader of the Lib Dem group said: ‘There will be some building on what was previously green land. We still have concerns about the new community that that must be a sustainable site with its schools, surgeries and good transport links, so it doesn’t just become a dormitory town for Portsmouth or Southampton.’

The draft local plan will be going out to consultation from next week.