DERELICT land once dubbed ‘Fareham’s Berlin Wall’ could finally be developed.
The site of the former Hampshire Rose pub, in Highlands Road, Fareham has been a bone of contention for local residents for six years after it was left as wasteland.
Former owner Hampshire County Council bought the land as it wanted to use it for children’s services, although this plan never materialised and it was left to ruin.
It was surrounded by unsightly hoardings described as ‘Fareham’s Berlin Wall’ by ward councillor Peter Davies.
Fareham Borough Council agreed to buy the land last year so that it could build around 12 houses on it.
And at the council’s latest executive meeting, council leader Sean Woodward gave permission for the council to buy a piece of land next to site, after its owner died.
Cllr Woodward said: ‘It is a good piece of land.
‘The pub site has been derelict for far too long. Now it’s in the hands of the borough council we can finally proceed with its redevelopment.’
It is not yet known how much the council will buy the plot for, but the addition of the extra land could mean that another seven houses are added to the site.
This is something that has worried neighbours as they are concerned about the additional traffic coming into Fareham Park Road.
Sarah Bradbury, who runs Moonstones Florists, opposite, said there were already problems on the junction of Fareham Park Road and Highlands Road, especially at school pick-up and drop-off times.
Mrs Bradbury, 46, said: ‘I’m not happy. I have no problem with them building houses but where is all the extra traffic going to go? It is a traffic issue.’
Fareham Park Road resident Louisa Elms, 68, said: ‘It is now an awful lot of houses which brings traffic that can’t get out. It has been an eyesore though.’
Cllr Davies welcomed the move forward and said he hoped that another exit could be created for the medical centre, which may alleviate some of the traffic problems.
He said that some of the homes could be built over the access road meaning that housing will be provided as well as the exit road.
He said: ‘These plans will be removing an eyesore and I hope that it will eventually be a landmark of a high quality finish as it is such an important site.’
Cllr Woodward said that once the extra land had been bought, which could take a couple of months, then the authority would draw up plans for the site to be put out to consultation before the plans would go to the planning committee for consideration.