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FEARS have been raised over plans to turn Cams Mill in Fareham into a restaurant and create a lagoon.

Fareham resident Paul Cope says the development would be detrimental to wildlife.

His wife Pat made a deputation to Fareham Borough Council to warn of the potential consequences of allowing development to go ahead.

Fareham Creek, where Cams Mill is sited, is protected by three national and international conservation orders.

Mr Cope fears that the proposed work at the upper reach of the creek down to the Delme roundabout would prevent birds going to an area that they use when the rest of the creek is iced over. He fears that the creation of a lagoon at the site would remove an intertidal mudflat which is valuable to wading birds.

Mr Cope said: ‘The lagoon is an entirely man-made hazard which does not yet exist. It is now Fareham Borough Council’s responsibility.’

The plans for Cams Mill were passed by Fareham Borough Council, after nearly three years of discussions over conditions.