OPEN spaces will be protected from housing developments after an inspector found a Local Plan to be sound.
Gosport Borough Council’s Local Plan, which allocates land for employment, housing, retail and community use, has been found sound after a series of hearings.
I am delighted that the inspector found the plan sound because it shows that the policies we have put in place are right.Councillor Mark Hook
Independent government inspector John Wilde has released his findings and within his report, three open spaces have been protected from housing developments.
These include the land at Brockhurst Gate, off Heritage Way, Stokesmead off Anglesey Road and a former munitions site, off Britannia Way where developer and land owner Alan Dawes wants to build an eco-home.
As previously reported in The News, developers argued at the hearings of the Local Plan in March that the land should be used for new houses.
Leader of the council Mark Hook said: ‘I am delighted that the inspector found the plan sound because it shows that the policies we have put in place are right.
‘The council officers worked so hard in getting all the evidence to put the plan together so I am glad he has agreed with them.
‘With Brockhurst Gate, it shows the inspector realises the important of that site being used for employment services and open space.’
Cllr Hook added he was particularly happy about the Stokesmead decision.
‘With the inspector’s decision, I am hoping the owners of the land realise that while they continue to try and change that section of land, it will always remain open space,’ he said.
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has also welcomed the Stokesmead decision.
Developer and landowner Abbey Homes had identified the site for a future housing development, however residents were strongly opposed to it being built on.
She said: ‘I’m so pleased to hear that Stokesmead looks set to be protected from development.
‘It’s a very special piece of land which is extremely important to the community.’
In his report, Mr Wilde has suggested two modifications which the council will make after a six-week public consultation.
Once the changes have been made, the council will vote on whether to adopt the plan.