Progress over plan to take back firm’s land

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CAMPAIGNERS hoping to get a developer to hand land back to the public have inched forward in their plans.

Judy Newell, from Anglesey Conservation Group, met Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage and Abbey Homes executive chairman Charles Gallagher and managing director Lori Fraquelli.

Mrs Newell wants to see Stokesmead in Alverstoke returned to public use.

After yesterday’s meeting the group, Gosport Borough Council and the firm are set to discuss options.

She said: ‘It was nice to meet the faces behind the names at Abbey Homes and I am grateful that they have expressed an interest in both further constructive talks and visiting the site.

Stokesmead was bought by the firm from the National Children’s Home in 1984.

The firm has unsuccessfully tried to develop on the land.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘I am confident that this has opened the door for further discussions.’

As reported, 200 people went to a meeting about the land.