Date set for Welborne inquiry

An artist's impression of Welborne
An artist's impression of Welborne
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DATES that an independent inspector will hear details of plans for a new 6,000-home town have been announced.

Inspector David Hogger will examine plans for Welborne, a new town being planned for fields north of Fareham, at the Civic Offices, in Fareham, from Tuesday, October 14 until Thursday, October 23.

Mr Hogger will be holding hearing sessions as part of the examination process to get more information on issues linked to the plan that he thinks are critical to its ‘soundness’ and legal compliance.

All of the representations that were made during the recent consultation will also be considered.

Mr Hogger will invite some people and groups, who indicated that they wanted to participate at the hearing sessions, to talk about specific issues in more detail.

Executive member for planning and development, Councillor Keith Evans said: ‘This is another important milestone in the development of the Welborne plan. I would like to thank all the people and organisations who have commented on the plan, all of which will be considered by the independent inspector.’

A final report from the inspector will be compiled and is expected in early 2015.

If the plan is found sound, then the council will be able to formally adopt it as part of the council’s local plan.