Improvement plan worth £90m is discussed at top

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HOPES are high that a government minister will look kindly on a £90m scheme to ease congestion.

Following a high-level meeting, plans to improve road infrastructure in Fareham, easing traffic on to the Gosport peninsula, are in the hands of housing minister Kris Hopkins.

Mr Hopkins met Solent LEP chairman Gary Jeffries, Fareham MP Mark Hoban, leader of Fareham Borough Council and executive member for transport at Hampshire County Council Cllr Sean Woodward last week.

They put forward the case for the Solent LEP to receive a share of a £1bn fund.

The foursome met in Westminster to discuss the scheme, which includes making it possible for motorists to exit any way on Junction 10 on the M27 worth £35m, a Stubbington bypass worth £25m and improvements to Newgate Lane South and Peel Common Roundabout, as well as work on Junction 9, and roads from Stubbington to Segensworth.

Mr Hoban said the bid has been eased by the proposed 6,000-home town north of Fareham, Welborne.

He said the new town is a way to ensure housing targets are met without adding extra pressure on infrastructure.

He added: ‘People are right to be concerned about infrastructure and it is important we take those concerns seriously and that the developer sends a very clear signal that the schools and GP surgeries will be ready when needed.’

Cllr Woodward said he was optimistic about the bid, despite the fund being three times oversubscribed.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘It is a huge project and it was very well received.

It is a priority of the Solent LEP, Fareham council and the county council and one that it linked closely to the development of the Solent Enterprise Zone and to Welborne.’

It is hoped a decision will be made in July.

This latest meeting comes as the Solent LEP asks for views on its four upcoming projects.

It hopes to create 1,600 jobs and 2,200 homes by improving the A27 Station Roundabout and Gudge Heath Lane, Fareham, Dunsbury Hill Farm link road, Havant, The Hard Interchange, Portsmouth and Station Quarter North, Southampton.

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