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FAREHAM Borough Council has promised that extra job opportunities will be available if thousands of people move into a new town.

On the third day of a public hearing into the council’s local plan, which includes 7,000 homes to the north of Fareham, the council told government inspector Michael Hetherington that proposals are in place to create more employment in the borough.

This includes enticing more businesses to the former HMS Daedalus site in Lee-on-the-Solent, and creating hundreds of jobs.

Linda Jewell, the council’s head of strategic planning and design, said: ‘The council considers its strategy for future economic development within the borough to be sound as it provides significant and flexible opportunity for economic growth.

‘It’s not just about employment and numbers and growth, it’s about how the various companies bring in wealth and income in the area.’

She added that the borough had ‘the potential to far exceed’ its employment targets.

Plans for Daedalus have already been lodged by the South East England Development Agency, which owns much of the site.

Proposals include 47,000sq m of business space, using existing buildings and creating new ones.

There are also plans for a club house, allotments and a new vehicle access to the site.

A special planning committee meeting will be held to consider the application at the old HMS Daedalus site, but no date has yet been set.

Meanwhile, concerns were raised about the number of care homes in the area to deal with an increasing population with the 7,000-home town north of the M27 near Knowle Village.

Bryan Jezeph, from Bryan Jezeph Consultancy, said: ‘We are all aware of the pressures of an ageing population and I am dealing with several cases at the moment where small care homes are going out of business.

‘The settlement has to meet the requirements of the ageing population.’

The council said it is something that would be considered.

The hearing continues on Wednesday next week.