Fight over new town is not done

Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan

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A GROUP of campaigners has vowed to continue fighting plans for thousands of new homes in the north of Fareham.

Members of the Campaign to Protect Rural England have been fighting to save the quality of life around the area threatened by 7,500 new homes.

Last month, a report by a government inspector found Fareham Borough Council’s plans for a new town to be sound.

While campaigners have given a cautious welcome to the inspector’s guidance on environmental protection for the area, they feel there are still uncertainties.

Caroline Dibden, from the CPRE, said: ‘We’re bitterly disappointed about the decision to go ahead.

‘It is quite clear from the inspector’s report that building a new town is not for Fareham’s own needs but it is for regional need.

‘It’s a shame that Fareham has to take everyone else’s housing.’

Council leader Councillor Sean Woodward said: ‘The housing needs of Fareham’s residents are great and it is disingenuous of CPRE to simply ignore them.’

The council will be looking to approve the plans at a full council meeting tonight.