Church homes plan leads to fears of over-development

Plans to build a new vicarage next to St Faith's Church, Lee-on-the-Solent have been submitted to Gosport Borough Council. Three other homes will also be built on the site at Victoria Square, in Lee-on-the-Solent. It will be the first vicarage built by the Diocese of Portsmouth in 10 years.
Plans to build a new vicarage next to St Faith's Church, Lee-on-the-Solent have been submitted to Gosport Borough Council. Three other homes will also be built on the site at Victoria Square, in Lee-on-the-Solent. It will be the first vicarage built by the Diocese of Portsmouth in 10 years.
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ANGRY residents have voiced their concerns over plans to build four homes in the place of a long-standing vicarage.

People living near St Faith’s Church, in Victoria Square, in Lee-on-the-Solent and members of Lee Residents are worried about privacy and over development.

Martin Marks, chairman of the residents’ association, said: ‘The main concern is the over intensive use of the space. It’s not really sympathetic with the other houses and bungalows.

‘Any building should be at least six metres from the boundary with the pavement.

‘The proposed vicarage is only a metre away.’

The vicarage is due to be demolished after suffering from extensive damp.

Now the Diocese of Portsmouth has submitted plans for three detached homes and a new vicarage to Gosport Borough Council.

It is the first vicarage by the diocese to be built in 10 years.

As reported, Lee Residents complained when trees were felled earlier in the year.

Alison Roast, from the association, has objected as one of the homes abuts the church’s garden of remembrance.

Bob and Christina Buxey, of Victoria Square, have objected, writing: ‘These proposals will change the whole character of the square.

‘It is not the place for high density family housing.’

But the church has said the new homes are sympathetic to the area and the sale of the three homes will pay for the construction of the vicarage.

And a planting scheme will see mature trees planted.

The Archdeacon of the Meon, the Ven Gavin Collins, said: ‘The redevelopment is designed to be sympathetic to the character of houses around Victoria Square.

‘So each of the four houses will be good quality, detached homes for families.‘

‘We have tried to consider both the interests of the people who will live in these new homes and those residents already in the area.’

A report with the plans said housing density in the area is less than the council asks for.

Two letters of support have been submitted.