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Residents urged to comment on new town plans

 

RESIDENTS are being urged to make their voices heard about a proposed new town before Friday’s deadline.

Opposition has grown towards Welborne, the new 6,000-home town planned for fields north of the M27 near Fareham.

A recent meeting of the Funtley Village Society saw scores of people turn up to hear how to object as they were concerned about the impact of the town on their village.

Chairman Ed Morell said: ‘The long and short of it is that this is the last opportunity to have a significant say on what the plan will be.’

Mr Morell said the society had spent hundreds of hours putting together villagers’ views which will be hand-delivered to the council today.

These comments are known as representations and focus on whether the plan meets ‘soundness’ criteria, such as whether it meets national planning guidelines and whether the plan was prepared in line with legal requirements. They will be taken into account at a public inquiry later this year.

Chairman of the Welborne Standing Conference, which was set up two years ago with representatives from more than 30 local organisations, Henry Cleary said: ‘People are taking a real interest in this major long-term project. Whatever their views, I would be worried if that wasn’t happening.’

Mr Cleary added: ‘A lot of the detail will come later when or if planning applications are made.

‘That later stage is still a very tough test – if the application for proposed development does not meet the necessary requirements it will not gain approval.

‘The issue at this stage is whether a large-scale development on this site could be viable and successful and if it has a good chance meeting the objectives set out in Fareham Borough Council’s core strategy.’

The deadline for representation is 5pm on Friday. Go to fareham.gov.uk/consultations or post to Planning and Development, Fareham Borough Council, Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham, PO16 7AZ.

Mr Morell vowed to fight the plan until the very end.

He said: ‘We will not let it lie there. If it’s approved then at least we will be able to say that we have done our very best.’

A template objection letter is available from funtley villagesociety.org.uk.

 

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