People living by site for new town north of Fareham want reassurance

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THE people who will have up to 7,000 new homes built on their doorstep are calling on planners to ‘get it right’.

Fareham Borough Council is holding a series of consultation exhibitions about broad plans for the controversial new town, which will be on green space between Fareham and Wickham.

Yesterday it was on display at Funtley Social Club in Funtley, north Fareham.

Residents are being given four options to pick from about the allocation of housing and the proposed employment space, as well suggested locations for a new secondary school and the district shopping centre.

The options range from 6,650 to 7,250 homes with new access from the A32 to junction 11 of the M27, to the same but without the link road and improving junction 10 instead, a third of 6,300 to 6,850 homes and a final option of just 5,400 to 5,900 homes, all to the west of the A32.

Retired John Ekins of Catisfield Lane, Fareham, said: ‘People have got to live somewhere and we do need to provide development.

‘But I fear this is a design in incremental consultation – we never get to see the whole picture at once.

‘I’m not gratuitously opposed to the plans, but if there is a need to build here, then let’s get it right, unlike at Whiteley.

‘The link to junction 11 will be quite important.’

Don Gale of Funtley Road in Funtley, said: ‘We know we’ve no way of stopping it now.

‘It won’t affect most people across Fareham, but us old villagers feel it’s a complete intrusion into the community.’

Hazel Raggett, of Hill Park Road in Fareham said: ‘We were told it was this town or building in all the gaps around the borough.

‘I think there will still be infilling in the future even though we’re going to get these 7,000 houses anyway.

‘I’m just disappointed that there still don’t seem to be any firm plans about infrastructure.’

One man, who didn’t want to be named, said: ‘Nothing we can say will make the blindest bit of difference.

‘It will all get pushed through regardless.’

The exhibition is at Ferneham Hall today from 2pm to 7pm.

It will be at Knowle Village Hall next Wednesday, and Wickham Community Centre the following day, both from 4pm to 7pm.