A DEVELOPER has unveiled a plan to build a large housing development on green fields between Fareham and Gosport.
Hallam Land hopes to build 1,550 houses, a new primary school, a pub and a health centre on land off Peak Lane – but has already run into opposition.
The new development would be called Newlands and would bring around 200 construction jobs to the area while it is being built.
Some residents are upset by the plans, including Patricia Smith, 49, from Fort Fareham Road. She said: ‘It will be a shame as it is taking away all the green. Plus the traffic is so busy anyway, put that amount of housing in and it will be horrendous. And we have got to think about all the wildlife we would lose.’
The developers said the project would protect the ‘strategic gap’ between Fareham and Gosport as it intends to build allotments, playing fields and parks around Oxley’s Coppice.
It also said that it would add up to £100m a year to Fareham’s economy once built and would give the council’s finances a £10m boost with the New Homes Bonus it will attract.
Hallam Land said it could also help push through the Stubbington bypass by ‘unlocking the potential of the Daedalus Enterprise Zone and diverting car journeys away from Stubbington’.
Fareham council leader Cllr Sean Woodward said: ‘We are building Welborne so we can save our strategic gap.
‘I told them my answer was absolutely no. It is completely unnecessary.’
Fareham West ward Cllr Nick Gregory said: ‘I won’t support it. It is too large and my residents will not stand for it. I will fight hammer and tongs against it.’
Crofton county councillor Chris Wood said: ‘There is no need. We can’t build more houses to build a bypass – it is self-defeating. There will be a riot in Stubbington if this gets built.’
A public exhibition of the plans will be held from 3pm to 7pm at Fareham Leisure Centre, Park Lane, Fareham tomorrow and Friday.
Ruth McKeown of Hallam Land said: ‘We want people to tell us what they think. There are real, genuine benefits for the community and we look forward to meeting local residents at the exhibition.’
To find out more go to newlandsfareham.com.