AN APPLICATION to build 1,550 homes between Fareham and Stubbington has been submitted.
Hallam Land wants to build the estate, including a healthcare centre, a pub, a primary school and 80 hectares of open space, on land south of Longfield Avenue, in Stubbington.
The developer said if Fareham Borough Council gave permission it would benefit from a £10m New Homes Bonus from central government, as well as the developer contributing to the Stubbington bypass.
Ruth McKeown, director of Hallam Land, said the project would create a ‘vibrant and sustainable new community’.
Mrs McKeown said: ‘There’s an overwhelming need for new homes to be built on this scale in Fareham – without it jobs will not be created, our roads will become more congested as people have to commute further to work and young people may be forced to move away in search of an affordable home.
‘The need for new homes is critical. The truth is not enough homes have been built for many years and this scheme will go a long way towards providing the homes people so desperately need.’
Hallam Land held a public consultation in October and scores of residents attended to voice their disapproval.
Mrs McKeown said: ‘We have listened to what people wanted and know that there are elements of this scheme that will appeal to everyone, from the open spaces, to the health and education facilities, to the public transport and cycling improvements.’
Council leader Cllr Sean Woodward said the plans had been received and were being validated by officers.
He said that once validated they would be put online and subject to public consultation, before a decision is made by the planning committee.
He labelled the developer’s bypass claims as ‘froth’ and said he had seen no evidence of the £28m needed to build a sufficient road. He added work to improve the road would only offset the traffic the estate creates.
Ward councillor Jim Forrest carried out a survey earlier this year which found that out of 292 responses, 262 people wanted the land between Fareham and Stubbington to remain as fields.
Cllr Forrest said he would ensure residents’ views were heard and that he would present his findings and a petition containing more than 300 names to the committee.