Fareham Labour group opposes 135 houses in Portchester

Labout submitted a formal objection to Fareham Borough Council about the planned houses
Labout submitted a formal objection to Fareham Borough Council about the planned houses
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PLANS to build 135 houses have been objected to by the Portchester branch of Fareham Labour Party.

In a formal objection to Fareham Borough Council, Labour said houses planned to be built north of Cranleigh Road, in Portchester, will be on a strategic gap which the council said would remain a green space.

The letter said: ‘The proposed housing is to be built on the existing green strategic gap between Portchester and Fareham.

‘This is contrary to the long-standing policy of Fareham Borough Council and Hampshire County Council which have both declared the strategic gap between the two towns should be preserved.

‘The proposed building would increase the density of residential properties within the already built-up area and would not be in keeping with the street scene.’

It added that it would lead to an increase of traffic which would cause heavy tailbacks.

‘The proposed development would lead to an unacceptable increase in traffic movement along Cornaway Lane and the residential road of Cranleigh Road,’ it said.

‘The extra traffic would cause congestion on the Seagull roundabout and cause more congestion on the A27 which already has heavy traffic at peak travel times.

‘This planning application flies in the face of the publicly stated policy of Fareham Borough Council that says the new development at Welborne should cater for any major greenfield site development within the Borough.’

Plans for the houses have also been opposed by residents living in nearby streets and pupils from Wicor Primary School.

Children and teachers started a campaign against the application, submitted by Persimmon Homes.

The school is next to the field where the houses could be built if the application is accepted.