CONTROVERSIAL town Welborne is one step closer to going ahead after the council’s plans were found to be sound by independent inspector David Hogger.
Plans for the 6,000-home development to the north of Fareham were met with a lot of opposition by residents and different organisations.
But after two weeks of hearings in November and gathering reports for and against Welborne, Mr Hogger approved the plan as being sound.
In a meeting on June 8, Fareham Borough Council will adopt the plan leading the way for the development to go ahead.
Executive member for planning and development, Councillor Keith Evans said: ‘We are delighted that the independent inspector has found the plans, which will have such a significant effect on the borough, to be sound.
‘That means that in the view of the independent inspector, our planning officers had taken everything into account that they must take into account and that these plans provide for realistic and sustainable development in the borough for many years to come.’
Mr Hogger also found the council’s Development Sites and Policies Plan as sound.