Developer stalls again on plans for 1,550 homes between Fareham and Stubbington

People at Crofton Community Centre hear about plans to build 1,500 homes between Fareham and Stubbington earlier this year
People at Crofton Community Centre hear about plans to build 1,500 homes between Fareham and Stubbington earlier this year
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PEOPLE are vowing to keep up the fight against a 1,550-home estate despite developer Hallam Land asking for more time to iron out objections.

This is the second time the estate, called Newlands, has stalled.

Developer Hallam Land wants to build the estate on countryside between Fareham and Stubbington.

Mary Jo Frew, of Ranvilles Lane, organised a team of volunteers to collect signatures and said that despite ‘gamesmanship’ from the developer they would still fight the development.

Mrs Frew said: ‘Whatever they do, it’s not going to change how we feel about it.

‘I know most of Fareham is against it. There are a few that say we need to have more housing but the vast majority are totally against it.’

Council leader Sean Woodward said the developer had asked for more time so it could work out ‘major flaws’ to its plan such ones with the road network.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘It is riddled with inadequacies. When it was put in very little of the detail was done and they are now asking for more time to work on that detail.’

It was originally intended for the council to make a decision in July, but Hallam Land requested more time, which the council agreed to.

The plan was due for decision in September, but Hallam Land once again requested more time, which could mean the plan is not heard until the end of the year.

Hundreds of residents have voiced their objection to the estate, which if approved would see 1,550 homes, a doctors, school and pub built off Peak Lane.

Mrs Frew said she believed the developer is stalling to hear more about the proposed Stubbington bypass, which could, if allowed, potentially answer some of the traffic concerns.

Councillor Peter Davies, who represents Fareham North-West, said he believed the developer was waiting to hear the results of two independent inquiries – one into the new town of Welborne proposed for north of Fareham and one into the council’s local plan which sets out where development is allowed.

These two inquiries will be heard in October and a decision is due in January.

Cllr Davies said: ‘My whole conversion to supporting Welborne was to protect green spaces like this.’

Developer Hallam Land refused to comment.