Petition against new estate nears 2,000 signatures

Resident Mary Jo Frew against plans to build 1500 homes on land near the Peak Lane roundabout in Fareham.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14845-2) PPP-140322-190828001
Resident Mary Jo Frew against plans to build 1500 homes on land near the Peak Lane roundabout in Fareham.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14845-2) PPP-140322-190828001
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A PETITION run by residents against a proposed 1,550-home housing estate has gathered nearly 2,000 signatures.

The petition has been gaining pace ever since Ranvilles Lane resident Mary-Jo Frew took the lead in organising objectors, who are raising concerns about a proposed development on fields between Fareham and Gosport.

Hallam Land wants to build the 1,550-home estate on land off Peak Lane, Stubbington, and it says its plans would include a school, medical centre, parks, allotments and new roads.

Dozens of people have been collecting signatures and met on Saturday. The petition will now be posted back to Mrs Frew, who has been collating them ready to present to the council.

Mrs Frew says she has been inundated with offers of help and she has been pleased to see so many residents speaking out over the development. Some supporters met on Saturday to swap petitions.

Mrs Frew said: ‘We want to preserve this land for the future and keep it green.’

She said her petition had gained nearly 2,000 signatures and that she and a team of people had gathered more than 60 in Titchfield earlier that day. Mrs Frew added: ‘There are an awful lot of people against it.

‘I’m pleased that a lot of people said they would write but it was amazing how many people did not even know about the development plans.’

Alison Roast, from Lee Residents’ Association, said: ‘If we are going to have housing then it needs to be supported with infrastructure. Piling it in with struggling infrastructure is a big problem.

‘It’s not just the lack of roads, it’s the lack of schools and hospitals.’

Longfield Avenue resident Michaela Slamaker has been collecting signatures.

Mrs Slamaker, 37, said: ‘The green land needs to stay, but my main concern is the infrastructure. The traffic, hospital and schools are not going to be able to cope.’

The planning application has been validated by the council, meaning it is now up to the council to make a decision. If it rejects the plan, Hallam Land could appeal to an independent planning inspectorate.

The application is now open for comments on Fareham Borough Council’s website under ref P/14/0222/OA