Opposition unites against plans for 1,500 new homes

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RESIDENTS have criticised a plan to build 1,500 homes on fields between Gosport and Fareham.

The exhibition was held at Fareham Leisure Centre by developer Hallam Land to gauge public opinion on its proposed development, to be called Newlands.

Residents look at the plans for 1,500 homes between Fareham and Gosport proposed by Hallam Developments, October 2013

Residents look at the plans for 1,500 homes between Fareham and Gosport proposed by Hallam Developments, October 2013

It hopes to build 1,550 houses, a primary school, a pub and a health centre on land off Peak Lane – but residents have already raised objections, saying new homes should go in Welborne, a new town planned by Fareham Borough Council north of the M27.

Tony Palmer, from Purbeck Drive, said: ‘Our strategic gap is so important to us. It is the lung of Stubbington, Titchfield and Fareham.

‘This is a nonsense. The area just cannot cope with it. It should be going up with Welborne. That was the promise made by the local politicians and that shouldn’t be trumped.’

Stubbington resident Paul Stillwell said he was worried about flooding, over development and extra traffic.

Mr Stillwell, 51, said: ‘It’s just going to bring everyone to a standstill. This development should be going north of the M27.’

Trevor Kemp, from Fareham, 56, said: ‘I am not impressed at all. It is a town being built within a town. That scares me. Houses should be built but that is too many.’

Council leader Cllr Sean Woodward said he was also completely against the plans.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘I had them in to see me a few weeks ago, and they have been back again. I have told them the same thing both times – absolutely no. It is strategic gap and countryside and we want to protect that. That is why we are building Welborne.’

Robin Shepherd, on behalf of the developers, said: ‘It has been busy with a lot of interest. There have been mixed views, some people like some of the ideas but not all of them, some have been very supportive.’

The developer is yet to submit a planning application.

Mr Shepherd said: ‘I want to reassure them this is completely genuine and we are very keen to hear everyone’s views, no matter what those views might be.’

The exhibition continues today at Fareham Leisure Centre from 3pm until 7pm. More information can be found at newlandsfareham.com.