Inspector’s findings on new town north of Fareham scrutinised

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FAREHAM Borough Council has received a confidential draft of a government inspector’s findings on its plans for a new town of 7,500.

The controversial new town proposals for north Fareham were a major part of the council’s core strategy – the document setting out the borough’s proposals for growth over the next 15 to 20 years.

Planning inspector Michael Hetherington spent two weeks at a public inquiry in May hearing evidence before retiring to write his report.

As well as highlighting areas that will be protected from future development he also considered new infrastructure needs, housing needs, flood management, transport, the environment and business and employment growth.

The core strategy also includes specific development proposals for Coldeast, Daedalus and Fareham town centre.

The council has been given until July 26 to go through the draft to make sure that everything in it is factually correct.

At this stage, the report remains confidential.

The inspector then has one further week to return the final report to the council when it will be published.

Council leader Cllr Sean Woodward said: ‘We have received the report earlier than expected, and officers have now started the fact-checking exercise.

‘It is hoped that the final report by the planning inspector about the core strategy will be received within the next three weeks.’