Developers asked to look at Cams Mill light plan

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PLANS for more lights and banners at a new pub being built in a Fareham conservation area has been sent back to the developers.

Two applications went before Fareham Borough councillors – one to put in three temporary banners on the hoardings around the site and one to display various illuminated and non-illuminated signs around the pub.

Fuller, Smith & Turner are building the restaurant-pub, called Cams Mill at the entrance to Cams Hall, on Cams Hill, Fareham. It is due to open early next year.

As the building is in a conservation area, planning permission is needed for alterations.

The plans have sparked concerns from several residents who wrote in objection and spoke against the proposals at the council’s planning meeting.

Concerned resident Linda Hurst said: ‘This extra lighting is totally out of keeping with the conservation area.

‘What was originally agreed was that it would be as close to the old mill as possible. Each new planning application seems to move this application a step further away from this.’

Fareham resident Patricia Cope said: ‘It’s very important that there be as little lighting in the area as is safe.

‘We were promised an establishment of fine dining not some garish pub and I think any advertisement should be tasteful. This is supposed to be part of an ancient estate and should not detract from the main Cams Hall.’

Chairman of the planning committee Cllr Nick Walker said: ‘If this is going to look like a Christmas tree then it’s not on.’

Councillors sent the lighting application back to the company, as they felt they could not estimate the amount of light generated accurately.

They agreed to allow Fuller, Smith & Turner to put up one 7m temporary banner until completion of works.