Calls made for Fareham Borough Council to scrap its housing plan

The Welborne development was discussed at the inquiry
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DEVELOPERS called on a council to throw out its plan on future building and start again.

On the fourth day of an independent inspection into Fareham Borough Council’s Local Plan Part 2, landowners said the council hadn’t planned far enough ahead in terms of housing numbers.

At yesterday’s inquiry, chaired by independent inspector David Hogger, debates were held on housing allocations, including alternative locations that could be used. Both the council’s sites for housing and the developers preferred areas were discussed.

But the landowners said the current plan does not meet the future needs of the town and it should be scrapped

Robin Shepherd from Barton Willmore, representing Hallam Land Management Ltd, said: ‘The council needs to withdraw the plan and start again.

‘It needs to do the right thing, which is plan for the highest possible level of growth.

‘It wants to put up barriers but there is a big need for economic growth.’

But council officers said many developments that already have planning permission would be affected if the plan was scrapped.

They added that the wrong signals would be sent to the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire if they got rid of the plan.

The new developments and their relationship with Welborne were also talked about.

Landowners said the council had to make it clear if Welborne had a direct affect on the housing plans, including their affordability and size.

Mr Hogger said: ‘I think the council should produce a report on an up-to-date relationship between Welborne and other developments.’

In the afternoon, the council’s preferred brownfield sites for development were discussed in detail.

Developers were given the opportunity to highlight any issues they had, one of which was provision of affordable housing. Landowners claimed that the council would not be able to get as many affordable houses as it wanted on the sites.

Mr Hogger, in response to these concerns, asked the council for more information on how the sites would assist with the delivery of affordable housing in the town.

The inquiry is due to go on until next week.