RESIDENTS packed into a community meeting to hear details of a proposed Stubbington bypass and to get an update on a controversial plan to build a 1,550-home estate on nearby fields.
More than 150 people went to the Community Action Team meeting, run by Fareham Borough Council, held at Holy Rood Church Hall in Stubbington.
Principal planning officer Jenna Turner gave an update on Hallam Land Management’s planning application for the 1,550-home estate in the countryside strategic gap which separates Stubbington from south Fareham.
She said that Hallam Land would be submitting revised plans this month.
After this another public consultation would take place with residents’ comments being added to the 700 letters of objection already received by the council.
The estate will then be considered by the planning committee in February.
Residents raised concerns about the length of time it was taking and Ms Turner said that it was important that the council was seen to be acting reasonably in case the developer appealed.
She was asked whether the county council’s proposals for a bypass affected its status as countryside increasing Hallam Land’s chances of being approved.
She said no, pointing out that many roads run through the countryside and it does not automatically follow that houses can be built along them.
The area remained a strategic gap and there was nothing the developers could do in their planning application to change that.
Hampshire County Council’s transport chief Sean Woodward spoke about the £90m of road schemes designed to improve access to Fareham and Gosport and reduce congestion.
These included upgrading the Peel Common, St Margaret’s Lane and Fareham Station roundabouts at a cost of £14m all of which was fully funded with work starting next year.
Other work includes dualling the A27 from Titchfield to Segensworth.
Cllr Woodward said that he had agreed the Stubbington bypass and a new southern section of Newgate Lane at a cost of £40m but it would go to a planning application in the spring following a public consultation exercise.
He said: ‘I must emphasise that while many of the improvements to the existing roads are fully funded following our success in bidding to government via the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, the Stubbington bypass has only achieved £725,000 funding to get us through the design and planning application stages.
‘We will then need to be successful in gaining the remaining £29m to build the road.
‘There is no funding currently to build the road.’