A PLAN for a 1,550-home estate on fields between Fareham and Gosport has been validated by the council and will be put out to a six-week consultation.
Developer Hallam Land wants to build the estate, including a health centre, school, pub and parks on land off Peak Lane, near Stubbington.
Hundreds of residents have signed two petitions that have been handed to the council, prompting the decision to open up the plan to a longer six week consultation as well as holding a Community Action Team meeting, sending out hundreds of letters and setting up a special page on its website.
Council leader Cllr Sean Woodward said: ‘It is because of the sheer scale of the application that I feel it should have a wider consultation area.
‘Many people are aware of it and I have had lots of people contacting me asking why it is there. As the council, we have to deal with every application as it comes.
‘There are huge implications of this application and I want the maximum amount of people to have their say.’
Ranvilles Lane resident Mary Frew is organising a further petition in order to gather more than 1,500 signatures, which would force the decision to be discussed at a full council meeting instead of just a planning committee.
Mrs Frew said: ‘It is the last green space between Fareham and Stubbington and it is very important. There are so many reasons not to do it, apart from the loss of value of housing, it’s the loss of wildlife and the loss of green views.’
She also said she was concerned for Oxleys Coppice, an ancient piece of woodland, and for the increased traffic and strain on facilities it would bring.
Cllr Nick Walker, chairman of the planning committee, confirmed the council had received all the information it needs to register the application and is working on the registration process.
He said: ‘Residents on the southern side of Fareham and on the eastern side of Stubbington will be notified of the application once registration has been completed and given an opportunity to make their comments.
‘Any written comments and petitions will be taken into account when assessing the application.’
The application is expected to be live this week.
To get in touch with Mrs Frew to collect signatures for her petition email her on firstname.lastname@example.org