RESIDENTS have shown an overwhelmingly positive response to a proposed new town to be built north of Fareham, according to the latest survey results.
Over 4,000 surveys were sent out by Fareham Borough Council at random to households on the electoral register to gauge public opinion on the potential 6,500 home development called Welborne.
Of those surveys, 1,291 responses were received — approximately a 32 per cent return rate.
These results found nearly three-quarters of residents agreed that planning a new community was the right way to meet Fareham’s future housing needs and to stop infill development.
There were some geographical differences in the results, with wards furthest away such as Warsash (88 per cent) and Titchfield Common (89 per cent) expressing strong support.
Although the figures dipped nearer to the site — with Fareham East only having 45 per cent in favour, and Fareham North with a 50/50 split.
Leader of Fareham Borough Council Cllr Seán Woodward spoke of the results at the full council meeting last night.
He said: ‘The development of a new community at Welborne is critical to the future of Fareham. That’s why it’s reassuring to know the majority of residents agree the council’s decision to plan for Welborne is the right approach to take.’
Warsash ward Cllr Trevor Cartwright said: ‘The people of Warsash have had their Welborne with Locks Heath and Whiteley, they have had their turn and now they want to protect their green spaces, for that reason they support Welborne.’
Fareham North ward Cllr Pamela Bryant said: ‘I can assure you there is no support for it in my ward, particularly in Funtley - the residents are up in arms about it.’
Fareham East ward Cllr Katrina Trott said: ‘The people who have objected to it are the people that know the area best and know the implications it will have, particularly on traffic. I wouldn’t say it is overwhelming support.’
The survey also asked residents to rate the council’s service. Of this, 89 per cent said the council provided value for money, 97 per cent were happy with the local area and 91 per cent were happy with the way the council runs things — a drop of one per cent since the last survey in 2011.