Hampshire’s newest town given name after people’s poll

IMPRESSION What Welborne, the town to be built north of Fareham, could look like
IMPRESSION What Welborne, the town to be built north of Fareham, could look like
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A NEW town of 6.500 homes to be built north of Fareham has been given a name.

Welborne was the clear winner in a poll of three options run by Fareham Borough Council during February and March.

It was announced last night at a meeting of the council’s ruling executive that Welborne scooped 2,311 of the 5,177 votes cast by the borough’s residents. Swansdell was last with 1,361 votes and Spurlings second with 1,505.

The council said it wanted to get as many people as possible involved and there were numerous ways to cast votes, including a slip in The News, on the council’s website, or in voting boxes at community meetings and in the council offices.

Nine schools and Fareham College also got involved.

Councillor Keith Evans, who is in charge of strategic planning for the council, said: ‘So far it has been referred to as the strategic development area and then the new community north of Fareham.

‘But they have served their purpose and are rather cold ways of referring to it.’

Announcing the winner, which was presented to him in an envelope at the meeting, council leader Cllr Sean Woodward added: ‘The new community north of Fareham is no more, it is now Welborne.’

The winning name relates to two fields immediately north of Kiln Road and south of Kneller Court – as shown in maps from the 1800s.

The land was occupied at the time of the tithe map by John Budd, who occupied a lot of land in the area, including a house and buildings at north Fareham, and the former Pooke Farm.

The land was owned as part of North Fareham Manor by the Gardiner family of Roche Court.

Attention will now turn to a six-week public consultation on the draft version of the plan that looks in detail at how Welborne will be created and what it will include.

A series of exhibitions will be held where people can see the draft and talk to council officers at:

· May 7, Ferneham Hall, Fareham, 2pm to 7pm

· May 8, Funtley Social Club, 2pm to 7pm

· May 14, Knowle Community Centre, 4pm to 7pm

· May 21, Ferneham Hall, 4pm to 7pm

· May 23, Wickham Community Centre, 4pm to 7pm

It will then be reviewed and looked at by an independent inspector next June.