Fareham councillors urged to protect green space

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COUNCILLORS are being urged to protect open spaces in Fareham following the council’s announcement that it needs to build another 2,000 homes to meet demand.

As reported, Fareham Borough Council needs to build an extra 2,000 homes as it extends its local plan until 2036, on top of 6,000 homes at new town Welborne.

Fareham Labour Party’s chairman Jim Carr said: ‘This should not mean we lose all our open spaces. We believe that with sympathetic planning the town can still remain a good place to live.

‘The council needs to draw up a plan for the extra housing so we can find the land needed without resorting to building on open space.’

Tory council leader Sean Woodward said the extra housing was needed to cope with a growing population.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘I am pleased that the Labour Party is supportive of the careful planning that we are undertaking to protect our countryside strategic gaps while rolling forward our plan for the borough outside Welborne for another 10 years to 2036.

‘It is a significant challenge and we are continuing to prioritise brownfield sites such as the town centre where there are a number of opportunities for new housing that have recently emerged.’