COUNCILLORS have officially filed their objections to a development which would see 163 houses built on the site of an old shipyard.
Fareham Borough Council discussed the application for the former Vosper Thornycroft site, known as Trafalgar Wharf, at its planning meeting.
As the site is on the edge of Portchester, it falls under Portsmouth City Council’s responsibilities.
A planning application for up to 163 houses, including one 10-storey building, a flood defence barrier and 18,094sqm of business space, has been submitted. Eleven objections have so far been received.
Fareham Borough Council was consulted as it is a neighbouring authority. Councillors there fear the 10-storey building will be harmful to the views of Portchester Castle. The councillors also said the road networks, and pedestrian and cycle links were not good enough.
Ward councillor, Roger Price, said: ‘The council is right to object. It is totally out of character with Portchester and the castle. My hope is Portsmouth will throw this out.’
Chair of Fareham’s planning committee and ward cllr Nick Walker said: ‘In my view, marine engineering is what that site is suitable for and that is what it should remain.’
Christopher Daniel, MD for Quadrant Estates, behind the plans, said: ‘With regard to the height of the tall building affecting Portchester Castle, it should be borne in mind that English Heritage did not object to the previous proposal for a 12-storey building.
‘We’ve reduced the height to 10 stories. If it was any lower, we no longer have a viable scheme and the opportunity to fund public infrastructure benefits will be lost.’
English Heritage has commented on the current application, which can be found under ref 13/00993/OUT, stating: ‘The appearance and character of the castle is unlikely to have changed since the medieval period.
‘Such views would be adversely affected by the addition of a tall modern structure which would read as an incongruous and intrusive feature within the close background of the castle.’