‘We need to protect these playing fields not build on them’

PLANS Early drawings of the proposed Fareham College building on the corner of Bishopsfield Road and The Avenue
PLANS Early drawings of the proposed Fareham College building on the corner of Bishopsfield Road and The Avenue
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I found out a proposed new development at Fareham College when my neighbour showed me a story in The News.

I have spent the last 40 years working in education and fully understand that educational establishments have to find ways to raise money for capital developments.

Knocking down part of the old college buildings and using this site as the main basis for housing development is probably the right solution; it will raise the bulk of the money needed for the new college buildings which will not be met by government grants.

However, looking at the plans, it appears that one or two rows of houses will be built on the playing fields adjacent to Wallisdean School, and some of the houses on Wallisdean Avenue.

When I bought my house eight years ago, I was informed that the college playing fields were a protected greenfield site.

Would, therefore, someone please explain when this changed and, if it was, why I was not informed?

Furthermore, there is a proposal to build a new village called Welborne as an extension to Fareham on land north of the M27.

One of our senior councillors recently proclaimed his support for this development because it would stop Fareham becoming overcrowded through infilling. If these extra houses on the playing field are built, surely this defeats the object?

Two months ago, several hundred people used these fields to hold a football festival. It was a real family day out and it was heart-warming to see. More events like this need to take place, but if building on the playing site goes ahead, how can they?