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DISUSED land behind a supermarket development could become a new long-stay car park.

As a result of the Tesco development at the old foundry site in Fareham, Fareham Borough Council has taken possession of a parcel of land that it is seeking to turn into a 78-space car park.

The council lost half of its car park in Bath Lane to the Tesco site. This new site is to the west of the remaining 26-space Bath Lane car park and east of the Red Lion pub.

Ward councillor Paul Whittle said: ‘If it’s going to increase the amount of parking there, it can only be a good thing.

‘I made a bit of a fuss when it came to light that we’d be losing a big part of the old car park as it was really important for the Bath Lane Rec, so this is definitely welcomed.’

Implementing the car park will cost £65,000 for the new parking machines, lights and associated works.

Parking would be charged in line with the council’s other long-stay car parks, which charge £3.50 for more than five hours.

A report drawn up by council officers show that if the car park operates at 50 per cent capacity over two years it will fully recoup its costs.

The long-term plan for the site is likely to be for affordable houses to be built there.

If the council’s ruling executive agrees to press ahead with the proposals at its meeting tonight, council officers are expected to put together a planning application seeking temporary use of the site as a car park for the next five years.

Cllr Sean Woodward, leader of the council said: ‘The Bath Lane car park has always been very popular.

‘If it goes ahead, it will be a matter of Tesco finishing up and removing all their stuff from the site there as they’ve effectively taken it over.

‘Once that’s clear I imagine it will probably be some time in the new year.’