Cemetery, allotment and pool plan for huge site in Fareham

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CEMETERIES, allotments and a swimming pool are planned for a 60-acre site in Fareham.

The borough council is hoping that they could all be built on the Coldeast site in western Fareham.

Councillor David Swanbrow, a ward councillor for Sarisbury, said: ‘It’s a big site and there are a lot of things we want to see there. The cemetery is badly needed – the existing one is full up.

‘And there’s a big waiting list for allotments so that’s a priority as well.’

A new swimming pool in the western wards has been a council priority for more than 20 years. It came close to securing one on council-owned land in Locks Heath in 2006, but the land was under a covenant and couldn’t be released so the plans fell through.

Cllr Swanbrow added: ‘Providing everything goes through alright, this time, we should get a pool.

‘Obviously it’s all very up in the air how that will work, but it’s something we want on that site.

‘I think the economic situation will improve and we will be able to enter an agreement with someone to provide a pool.’

About 250 new homes are expected to go on the site and planning permission has already been granted for these.

Miller Homes has begun work on 150 of these – with some already occupied with the remaining 100 on land owned by Hampshire PCT.

And the council is also hoping to preserve some of the area as woodland.

‘We want to maintain that historic woodland,’ Cllr Swanbrow said. ‘Perhaps have something similar to Holly Hill park.’

The draft plan will go before the council’s executive next week and is likely to be put to consultation in May or June.