Gosport councillors agree to adopt Local Plan

Stokesmead in Alverstoke
Stokesmead in Alverstoke
  • Councillors voted in favour of adopting their Local plan
  • The plan allocates land for development and will protect open spaces from future developments
  • It was found sound last month by independent inspector John Wilde
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COUNCILLORS have agreed to adopt a plan that sets out future development in Gosport.

The borough council voted to take on its Local Plan after it was found to be sound by an independent inspector.

He clearly agreed with what we were looking to do in regards of the future of the town.

Councillor Peter Langdon

The document, which will last until 2029, allocates land for employment, housing, retail and community use.

At a full council meeting yesterday, councillors were in favour of the plan, which protects several sites in the town from potential housing development.

Councillor Peter Langdon said: ‘I just want to say how pleased I was with the inspector’s report, which shows how much of a fine plan the Local Plan is.

‘He clearly agreed with what we were looking to do in regards of the future of the town. Housing in particular was a win and I am glad he agreed that what we put forward was enough.’

During the hearings into the Local Plan, held in March, developers argued with the number of new houses the council had allocated per year saying it was not enough.

But in his findings, inspector John Wilde agreed that the council’s proposal of 170 new houses a year.

Mr Wilde also agreed with the authority about its designated open spaces, which councillors at the meeting were happy about.

Cllr Marcus Murphy said: ‘I think the Local Plan is a credit to the officers that have taken considerable time over it.

‘I’m also happy that the inspector found the Stokesmead section of the plan sound.

‘I don’t think it has a future for housing development and it is time something was done about it.’

Leader of the council Mark Hook spoke about the open spaces, which include land at Brockhurst Gate and a former munitions site off Britannia Way.

He added: ‘The inspector complimented us about the evidence that we provided when it came to the open spaces.

‘By councillors defending sites – in particular Stokesmead – it allowed us to provide the evidence for it to remain open space.

‘He found parts sound because of the evidence that we have given him. We have before us a very sound plan.’