MP comes out against homes that ‘threaten’ to merge Fareham and Gosport

A previous protest against plans for homes next to Newgate Lane
A previous protest against plans for homes next to Newgate Lane

PLANS for a new home development will threaten the gap between two towns, says an MP.

Fareham Land LP has applied for planning permission for 75 homes on land between Newgate Lane and Newgate Lane East, which was opened earlier this year.

But Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage fears the proposal could merge the line between Gosport and Fareham boroughs.

In an open objection lettter Ms Dinenage wrote: ‘This proposal threatens the strategic gap between Gosport and Stubbington and I believe it is vital that we protect this land as a stretch of countryside that keeps communities distinct and prevents urban sprawl, whilst providing valuable green space to the local community.

‘While acknowledging that we desperately need new houses, they should first and foremost be built on brownfield land, not green spaces, which are increasingly few and far between in the Solent region.’

Fareham Land LP originally put out initial plans for 200 homes but the developer’s team confirmed the application for 75 dwellings on the northern part of the site is the first application with a second for up to 125 houses on the southern part will be submitted later.

Campaigners against the proposal staged a two-day protest and labelled the 200-home plan a ‘nightmare’ and raising concern over the major impact it will have on both traffic and infrastructure.

Ms Dinenage added: ‘The difficulty of getting in and out of the Gosport peninsula is infamous and this proposal will simple add so many more cars to gridlocked local roads.

‘This development would also negate any road infrastructure works that have already taken place and are planned.’