THE developer behind a contentious planning application for an estate on the strategic gap between Fareham and Gosport is believed to be looking at reducing the number of houses it is proposing.
This caused uproar from residents of the village, who protested saying that the fields should remain as a strategic gap between the two towns.
Now Hallam Land is believed to be looking at reducing the amount of homes it is proposing from 1,550 to 1,100, although it would not confirm this to The News.
But council leader Sean Woodward said the council had been working closely with the developer and that application had stalled several times as Hallam Land asked the council for more time to do more work to the plans, especially on the roads.
An application for the Stubbington bypass, near to the site, is expected to be submitted to the county council in July. If this is approved, then the council would seek to secure funding from central government to build it.
It is ridiculous. They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it.Campaigner Mary Jo Frew, from Ranvilles Lane
Although Cllr Woodward said that as Fareham’s local plan had been signed off last month, the strategic gap now had extra protection as the plan says that it must remain as fields.
Cllr Woodward said: ‘It has given it an added layer of protection. It is strategic countryside gap, the most powerful designation that we have in Fareham.’
Campaigners said they would continue the fight to protect the fields from development.
Mary Jo Frew, from Ranvilles Lane, said: ‘Nobody wants to see anything built on the strategic gap. It is strategic gap and we want to keep it green.
‘We don’t need the houses, we have Welborne coming north of Fareham so why should we lose more green land when we already have a new town coming? It is ridiculous. They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it.’
Ruth McKeown, from Hallam Land, said the company was ‘continuing to review the proposal’ but could not confirm numbers when asked yesterday.