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ONE of Fareham town centre’s councillors has welcomed plans for up to 300 new homes in the area – if it were as an alternative to up to 7,500 in a new town north of Fareham.

The town centre has been identified as a key area to take a large share of an additional 1,453 new homes the borough needs to create by 2026.

Fareham Borough Council has revealed the sites it intends to use to make up the new housing as part of its draft local plan – the document that will shape how the borough develops.

Councillor Katrina Trott, Lib Dem for Fareham East, said: ‘As it’s brown field development I would rather it was there than on the green fields to the north of Fareham.

‘I have seen some of the proposals that could come forward and quite frankly, they’re an improvement on what’s there already.’

The extra housing is need to accommodate predicted growth in the borough.

Tory council leader, cllr Sean Woodward backs the plan as it will maintain the strategic gaps that prevent the borough’s towns and villages developing in to one urban sprawl.

The council will be opening a consultation on the plan on Monday, which will run until November 26. Comments can be made from Monday at fareham.gov.uk and there will be a series of exhibitions around the borough to see the plans and question officers.

The plan also looks at infrastructure provision and how the council intends to protect the environment.

It will be submitted to the secretary of state for examination by an independent inspector next year.