Town centre vision includes 900 new homes

Cllr Keith Evans
Cllr Keith Evans
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A NEW ‘vision’ for Fareham’s town centre involves hundreds of new homes, taller buildings and a restaurant quarter.

The multimillion-pound masterplan has been revealed in a document by Fareham Borough Council, which is set to be presented to the local authority’s executive.

Contained in the document are plans to build up to 900 homes across the town centre, a new multistorey car park, a restaurant quarter, the aforementioned arts and cultural facility, a transport hub and encouraging landlords to build taller properties along West Street.

The council has listed West Street, the Civic Area, Market Quay, Lysses car 
park and the land around Fareham Railway Station as the five key areas in the document.

Councillor Keith Evans, the council’s executive member for planning said: ‘Fareham town centre has stood up to the challenges of internet shopping but it is not as popular a place as our neighbouring cities in Portsmouth and Southampton.

‘With new homes comes the opportunity to look at how we can make Fareham town centre a dynamic place where people enjoy working and living, as well as somewhere people see as a destination for retail and leisure.’

The dramatic proposals will be looked over by the council’s executive at a meeting in the civic offices in Fareham on Monday where councillors will decide when to hold a public consultation.