Calls for Farlington to get special measures

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A PETITION calling for an area of Portsmouth to get special planning measures will go before a council meeting.

Jeremy Wilson and Mervyn Doyle have got more than 500 residents to sign a document that asks for Farlington to be classified as an area of special residential character.

If granted, it could mean that the size, design and layout of any proposed development fits in with the rest of the area.

The matter is to be discussed at a full meeting of Portsmouth City Council on Tuesday, December 10.

The organisers of the petition will present their case before deputations are made by other members of the public.

A report going to councillors says that while the full council can debate the matter, it can’t make a decision there and then because that would need to be done by Councillor Mike Hancock, as cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic development, at a future meeting.