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Wicor Primary School hits the big time

21-06-2017

Isn't it absolutely wonderful that one of our local primary schools can make the headlines like this. They obviously derive great pleasure from projects such as this and it most certainly must help their education - who knows, we could be talking about a future Alan Ttitchmarsh here.

The downside is that this could all be under threat of development, we should know sometime next month, let us hope that this may help swing the inspector in favour of rejection of the Cranleigh Road development.

The News icon Link to The News article

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MPs lack of response to the Welborne question

08-06-2017

As I am sure we all expected UKIP and the Conservative and Unionist Party couldn't / didn't / wouldn't /couldn't be bothered to respond. Well that just about sums up the current attitude to the electorate from those who should be answerable to us. If the question is too awkward we'll just ignore it, eventually it will go away.

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Thank goodness for the videos

07-06-2017

If we hadn't videoed the Executive Committee meeting on Monday I don't think that The News could have written this article. Cllr. Woodward's quotes are verbatim and I don't see how that could be the case because as far as I could see there was no representative of the press at the meeting. Maybe we should start charging for our services. Maybe I'll see you at one of the future meetings Loughlan.

The News icon Link to The News article

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MPs response to the Welborne question

05-06-2017

Well it's now the 5th of June and Malcolm Jones of UKIP and our Suella haven't bothered to answer the questions raised below. One would have thought that our incumbent MP would be quite keen to let us know her point of view on such an important matter. Maybe she thinks like her leader, that it's more important to get out there and press the flesh wherever in the coutry that may be, than it is to keep the residents of her constituency informed. I am afraid that to my mind it just shows the total arrogance of some politicians that they can ignore such an important subject as this. Perhaps she has no sensible response, who knows? I certainly don't, do you?

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CAT Meeting, Titchfield Community Centre Thursday June 1st 2017.

01-06-2017

 Link to the meeting videos


TITCHFIELD NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM:


This Forum, set up with the backing of Tory Councillor Evans and with the approval of FBC, encourages residents to have a say (The Neighbourhood Plan) in what gets built locally and where. If approved by FBC the Neighbourhood Plan can be incorporated within the FBC Local Plan. It looks good on paper but is probably a Tory dominated group of 17 people encouraged by the Tory dominated FBC to show that maybe they are listening and working with local communities. Okay, so let’s roll it out across the borough then. My problem here is that a similar proposal by the Village of Funtley was shot down by Cllr. Woodward and FBC on the premise that not enough people were interested – a statement refuted by the Funtley Village Society. Recently at a Funtley Governance Review FBC, refused to allow Funtley to become a Parish Council. What is the difference between Funtley and Titchfield you may ask? I guess it’s a matter of who your friends are.


FBC Local Plan:


The LP is being reviewed in the light that an additional 2000 homes are now needed for Fareham – this is over and above Welborne. What Cllr. Woodward consistently fails to mention is the total figure of 12,000 new homes that are needed to fulfil the commitment he has made for Fareham up to 2036 wearing his PUSH hat. To do this FBC has asked for residents/developers to identify sites around the borough that can be built on. Obviously the question will be asked then, why are developers being refused permission to build at Cranleigh Road/Brook Lane etc.? Well, to be fair brownfield sites must be used first and if these sites are deemed to be greenfield sites and if they are not in conformity with the local plan then planning permission will be refused. This doesn’t stop appeals though. However, with the borough committed to building so many new homes one will wonder what will happen when the number of suitable sites DOES run out! In this context he mentioned the regeneration of Fareham Town Centre where FBC envisage building up to 900 new homes. He also spoke about bringing together the Ashcroft Centre and Ferneham Hall and knocking down the Osborn Road multi-storey car park. He also spoke about the new 85 bed hotel envisaged for the town centre (A Premier Inn?) This 5-storey hotel will be built at the expense of FBC (us) above Waterstones. Woodward thinks this will make FBC lots of money and will keep council tax down. I can’t help but thinking this will end up as something of a pigs ear.For our sakes I hope not. In that contect a questioner asked about parking for the hotel stayers. Well, they can stay in the muilti-storey car park overnight, he retorted – the one he is going to knock down you may recall. During the meeting the issue of Newlands was raised. Woodward’s answer to this was Hallam Land Management has made no further progress. Many take the view that HLM are sitting on their hands waiting to pounce. We have also heard a worrying development that Suella Fernandes has quietly admitted that the Stubbington bypass WILL facilitate the Newlands development. Watch this space. On that matter Woodward claimed that the bypass is fully funded and building should start in two years time. He spoke about £1.2 billion government funding being available to build affordable homes. He didn’t say these would be built at Welborne even if FBC do get their hands on some money These can be sold to buyers at a 20% discount. However, that is a 20% discount on local prices. So, if that property would be sold at an average cost locally of say £250,000 then it would STILL cost £200,000 to buy. A price out of the reach of many local young couples I would suspect. What Cllr. Woodward doesn’t make clear is that the £1.2 billion pot is not just available for Fareham. The developers of any site similar to Welborne, say, can bid for a slice of that money. I think there are 15 or so similar ‘garden village’ sites in the pipeline, so it is actually not such a big deal.


WELBORNE:


Much of what he said about Welborne we already know. He also repeated his views about Buckland and the CCGs. The for-sale date for the Benge land passed on June 1st: So who has made a bid for it? Woodward is adamant that the CCGs MUST build a health centre and implied that it will be illegal if they don’t because Mr Hogger said they should – or words to that affect. I personally don’t buy into that - although I’m no legal expert by a country mile. Anyway he wove the S.O.S for Health into his spiel and said that Hunt would be putting in a good word on the subject. I assume he thinks the Tories will sweep to power with a massive majority next Thursday and he will force his colleagues in the treasury to stump up the money that the CCGs are so lacking. Anyway, once again, the connotations of that utterance are interesting. Apparently there have now been 51 expressions of interest to build Welborne. FBC are going to sift through the list on Monday June 5th. One can’t see Buckland sitting back taking that lying down if someone else is chosen!! Why would they? If a new partner was chosen then a new OPA would have to be drawn up I guess, because I assume that Buckland would withdraw theirs. A CPO would be very much a last resort he said. In answers to a question about a railway halt being built at Welborne he said that Network Rail were doing a feasibility study to see if it would be worth while. Even Woodward admitted that carrying out such work would be very, very expensive. He admitted that such a station would be very much in the future. In answer to a question about who will fund the infrastructure at Welborne – which is quite considerable - he replied the developers. Well, they will need to recoup that expenditure – which is growing exponentially each year as Welborne gets delayed – so one might assume that not many low-cost houses here then!! At no point in his spiel did he mention any other of the setbacks facing Welborne - the gas pipeline etc - and the many other third party objections we know of so far. However, he did venture a start date: July 2019. So what happened to his statement that the diggers will move in by Christmas? Perhaps he didn’t mean this year.


ROAD IMPROVEMENTS:


Cllr. Woodward spoke about the many road improvements going on around the borough: Apparently the cost of these ‘improvements’ amounts to about £100 million. He noted that some of the cost for the Stubbington bypass will be borne by the businesses at Daedelus. I think we have mentioned it before that those businesses wishing to go to Daedelus have been offered a rate free period (two years?). Well does that stack up financially? Anyway, Cllr. Woodward implied that when all of the extensive roadworks are finished in a year or two all of the traffic problems will be solved. I think there were people at the CAT meeting who took a different view and certainly many people I have spoken to remain extremely sceptical. Bearing Daedelus in mind Woodward said the visitors lounge had been opened at Daedelus. I must pay that a visit. He also went on to say that 3000 highly skilled jobs would be created at Daedelus and that 1000 were already in post. That would be a very good thing apart from the fact that this figure may not stand up to a great deal of scrutiny. A number of the jobs do not appear to be ‘New’ openings but firms relocating primarily from Gosport to Daedelus.


IFA2:


In answer to a question about IFA2, Cllr. Woodward said that no detailed plans had been received yet. However, he said that it appears the height of the building was being reduced. He also added that National Grid have been asked to provide evidence re the safety aspects and any other affect on aircraft in real terms and not theoretical notions and figures. I did get the impression that FBC are starting to take the matter more seriously with regard to how it might affect the local environment. The forthcoming Stubbington CAT meeting may reveal more.


A SUMMARY OF THE REST OF THE NEWS:



Well that just about sums it up. There will be a further four CAT meetings throughout the borough over the coming weeks. You can find the dates in the diary.

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Prospective MPs replies to Welborne concerns

02-06-2017

Om 25th May I attempted to e-mail each of our prospective Parliamentary candidates. In the case of UKIP I posted to their Facebooks page as I couldn't find an e-mail address, in the case of Suella I sent it three different e-mail addresses as because she is no longer our MP I didn't know which one was appropriate - the addresses I used were 'suella.fernandes.mp@parliament.uk'; and 'suella@suellafernandes.co.uk' so she should have received it one way or another.

Common text of the e-mail:

Starting with a total lack of funding for the supply of any form of health provision from the CCGs which our council knew about in October of 2016, yet nothing was said about this at any of the CAT meetings that have been held this year. It wasn’t until Cllr. Woodward was forced to admit that he had effectively misled everybody by saying that the Fareham and Gosport CCG would be responsible for the whole of the development that this sorry state was brought into the open.

Next the fact that the Highways Agency is not totally in agreement with the J10 plans and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s department has raised minor concerns at the total road layout yet Cllr. Woodward has continued to assure us on multiple occasions that the road network was the only thing that was completely decided upon.

Now the Health and Safety Executive is raising major concerns about large parts of the plan because of a high pressure gas pipeline that was laid some years ago and of which Fareham Borough Council was well aware. This same pipeline has caused the HSE to stop developments on other sites along its path so both Buckland and the Council should have taken this into consideration at the start of this scheme as the rules and guidance have not changed since these other developments were blocked.

These statements are all verifiable from videos that have been published on the Internet and correspondence that has now been posted by the relevant authorities on the Fareham Borough Council planning portal.

Whilst I am sure that Hampshire County Council may have run their computer simulations of the traffic situation, once again I would say that the majority of Fareham residents that will be directly affected are extremely fearful of the local problems (not the M27, that is a totally different point) that an extra 9,000 plus cars just north of the M27 are going to cause. And please don’t forget that Welborne Garden Village is only half of the increase planned through to 2036.

How many other parts of this scheme are going to come to grief as the plan is put together? In my and many other residents opinions, it was immature, premature and not thought through properly. It seemed to have been forced upon us by the Council and Partnership for Urban South Hampshire against the wishes of residents. To my mind I can still not understand how the Chairman and leading light of PUSH and the Executive Leader of FBC can be the same person without ever declaring a conflict of interest. If you would care to peruse some of the CAT meeting videos at http://informfareham.org.uk/videos.php you will be able to see for yourself just how much concern this whole scheme is raising amongst your constituents.

In light of the above could I ask whether your views have changed in any way? This project has already cost us, the ratepayers of Fareham, a not inconsiderable sum of money. Do you believe that this should now go the route of the compulsory purchase order that the Borough Council seems intent on pursuing even though major parts of the plan have been shown to be completely flawed? Do you think that it would possibly be a good idea to re-instigate the public enquiry that was chaired by Mr. Hogger now that these major shortcomings have been found or, as a highly respected barrister specialising in this sort of situation, can you think of some other method that could be used to ensure that any further action on this development will be cost effective? After all the last thing that anybody wants I hope, is for the scheme to start and then suddenly find that one or more of the schools, for example, won’t be built, or that the provision of some of the so-called affordable housing will be reduced because they are not financially viable.

A reply before June 8th would be very gratefully appreciated.

The opening sentence for the non-Tory candidates was:

Over the last few weeks some of the misleading statements, half-truths and avoidance strategies with regards to the Welborne Garden Village developments have come to the fore.

For Suella it was:

When you first became our M.P. in 2010 one of your election statements made great show of your support for the Welborne (now Garden Village) project. Over the last few weeks some of the misleading statements, half-truths and avoidance strategies have come to the fore.

To Date just three replies have been received, one from Miles Grindey of The Green Party and one from Matthew Randall - Labour and one from Matthew Winnington - Liberal Democrat.


The Green Party

The Labour Party
Thank you for your email. I apologise in the delay in getting back to you.

As I'm sure you're aware. I am completely against Welborne. I think the whole pet project represents contempt that politicians in our area have for the local people. I would say it's an absolute joke - but I fail to laugh.

I would call for a full re-investigation into this, I think the latest developments demonstrate flaws that should have raised alarm bells to Mr Hogger.

I hope this helps, and it's lovely to hear from you!
Sorry for the slow response, this has become somewhat buried under an influx of emails over the last week.

In regards to the Welbourne project my views are as follows:
At the local constituency policy forum our members, myself included, decided that we would like to support the development of Welbourne, in the acknowledgment that we need to build more houses, which are both affordable and representative of the demands of the whole society rather than just family sized houses, to catch up with current demand. A further reason for our support was as we felt it protected the large expanse of green land between Fareham and Stubbington.

We also decided that our support for Welbourne would come alongside the notion that in future we would support brownfield regeneration over new builds, as is as also now the Labour party 2017 manifesto commitment.

I share many of the concerns which you have highlighted, for example I think that it's important that the plot contains the right amount of 'affordable' houses (I would push for a 50% mix with the houses integrated to stop social isolation) and that it should contain all of the proposed elements, so as not to put any undue additional stress on Fareham itself.

Once again I'm sorry for the slow response, if you have any other question, please feel free to contact me.


The Liberal Democratic Party

The Conservative Party
In a nutshell, this whole development has been an unmitigated disaster combining the worst of poor planning, completely unrealistic housing numbers on a greenfield site (and what there is planned won't be what people in Fareham, Wickham and Whiteley actually need), bone headed stupidity by the local Tory-run council, wilfully ignoring the views of local residents and most egregiously of all, having zero consideration on the impact the 'garden village' will have on the existing creaking infrastructure including roads, buses, schools, doctors surgeries, utilities and trains.

This scheme should be scrapped and started again from scratch with no more than half the amount of homes currently planned and with a full infrastructure plan put in place before a single home is actually put forward. An analysis should be done of what kind of housing is actually needed in Fareham (well in fact that has already been done across the Solent area but it's not exactly been promoted by the council) and that should be the priority.

If re-instigating the public enquiry was possible then I would support that, otherwise a judicial review would be the only pathway (but of course the costs can be very debilitating). My biggest hope that it will either collapse (as currently looks very possible) or be voluntarily scrapped. The biggest barrier to either of these things happening is the local council and the leader Sean Woodward in particular for whatever reason.

Welborne is not in the interests of the people of Fareham and I oppose it because instead of solving any issues in the local area it will only make them worse.
Well Suella was obviously far too busy to respond even though for the last few weeks she has effectively been unemployed.

The United Kingdom Independence Party
 
No response was received  

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Stubbington Snooker Club or flats?

04-05-2017

A petition has been set up by the club against the plans which would be presented to the council ahead of a decision being made (perhaps somebody in Stubbington can let me know where the petition can be found).

"Planning permission has been submitted to Fareham Borough Council to redevelop Stubbington Village Club into ten dwellings by the premises management company.‘We need your support to oppose the development. Please sign this petition and save this well loved and used community club.’

To comment on the application, FBC icon click here

The News icon Link to The News article

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Will the M27 ever be improved?

20-04-2017

"A deadlock between Winchester City Council, developers and the Government risks losing £14million earmarked for major road improvements in Whiteley, the catalyst for the major North Whiteley housing development."

Daily Echo icon Link to the Daily Echo article

Does ANYBODY know what is going on?

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Fareham Borough Local Plan

16-04-2017

A letter sent to residents this morning suggested Fareham Borough Council doesn't have a local plan. FBC icon We have 3 actually.

The Fareham Borough Local Plan consists of three parts and sets out the Planning Strategy for the Borough up to 2026. The Council has recently committed to a review of its Local Plan to reflect emerging housing and employment needs until 2036.

The purpose of this review process is simply not to apply one large rubber stamp, 'Agreed' but hopefully to apply some robust thought to the many questions local residents are asking with regard to housing numbers and more importantly issues revolving around infrastructure and the destruction not only of our local wildlife habitats but our quality of life.

For some to suggest developers are bringing forward piecemeal development outside of Fareham Borough Council's local plan strategy because this Borough doesn't have a development plan is not only nonsense, but shows a clear lack of understanding of the facts and a willingness to pass the buck.

The potential developments at Cranleigh Road, Portchester and at Brook lane, Warsash are clearly outside of this Authorities, local plan part 2, which is why after careful consideration by planning officers and the planning committee both were rejected, to do anything other than reject the planning applications would have consigned the local plan part 2 to the trash bin.

The problem, of course, since the The Welborne Plan, local, plan part 3 and the Local Plan Part 2, Development Sites & Policies were adopted this Borough has added a further 2000+ new homes to an already inflated total. These additional homes will need, may I say it, a home. Whether that home is a brown field site or a green field site will be part of the review process of the local plan.

The local plan review will go out to public consultation at sometime in the future. It is critical that local residents have their say at that point.

The review of the local plan.


Do we have a Local Plan....YES. The Welborne delivery strategy and the different interpretations of the land supply figures will in my opinion form the core arguments as to whether the Cranleigh Road appeal should be allowed.

Any suggestion others are delaying the adoption of a local plan when FBC already have one in place is at best misguided and at worst a downright lie.

Article by Cllr. Sean Cunningham.

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Council warns it needs to build 3,000 extra homes

15-04-2017

So now Cllr. Woodward is admitting that Welborne won't be the end of the development requirements over the next 20 years.

How can they announce that "The council has refused two applications in Warsash on greenfield sites, claiming that the schemes – Taylor Wimpey and Foreman Homes for 80 and 150 houses on land north of Brooks Lane – went against its no greenfield policy." and say that exactly the same time “We are committed to not building on greenfield sites but not cannot rule out the possibility.”

Could this be preparation for Newlands?

Daily Echo icon Link to the Daily Echo article

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Garden Village population densities

12-03-2017

The Office of National Statistics has released a very interesting interactive map of densities of the UK by local government areas. Nine of the 'Garden Villages' are in areas with an average population density of less than 400 people/km2, three between 1000 and 2000/km2 and two above 4000. Fareham comes in at 1530/km2. Because of Fareham's unique position between the most densly populated area outside of London and the large conurbation of Southampton, the real comparison is more like 3250/km2 (averaging out Portssmouth, Gosport, Fareham, Eastleigh and Southampton). The same argument could also apply to North Cheshire and Dunton Hills, although in both of these cases the effect would be to reduce the average density.

The figures seem to work out like this

Authority Density Authority Density
Bailrigg, Lancaster 44 Culm, Devon 166
Deenethorpe, Northants 148 Dunton Hills, Essex 4210
Halsnead, Merseyside 1689 Infinity Garden Village, Derbyshire 90
Longcross, Surrey 1390 North Cheshire 4448
Spitalgate Heath, Lincs 120 St Cuthberts, Cumbria 25
Long Marston, Stratford-upon-Avon 124 Oxfordshire Cotswolds 155
Welborne, Hampshire 1530 (3250) West Carclaze, Cornwall 153


Another point to remember is that South Hampshire can ONLY develop in one direction whereas Dunton Hills has 360 degrees of freedom, I honestly don't know enough about North Cheshire as I don't have enough information on the exact location. Is it right and can Fareham really afford this level of development?

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It's nice to know we are not alone

11-03-2017

It's nice to know that we are not alone in protesting about these new 'Garden' villages and towns.
Various other organisations similar to ours have been formed to object to the lack of TRUE accountability to the local residents, thousands of objections and still the plans go ahead (see the comments and link here).

Harlow & GIlston
Stop Harlow North
http://www.stopharlownorth.com/newindex.php

North Essex
Campaign Against Urban Sprawl in Essex
http://www.cause4livingessex.com
and
Stop Erosion of Rural Communities in Local Essex
http://www.sercle.org.uk

Otterpool Park
No Otterpool New Town/Shepway Environment and Community Network
https://www.facebook.com/nootterpoolnewtown/?ref=nf

Dunton Hills
Residents Against Inappropriate Development
http://raid.org.uk

Aylesbury
Stoke Mandeville Action Group
http://www.sm-ag.co.uk

Bicester
Save Bicester
http://savebicester.co.uk

Culm
Residents Against Cullompton Exploitation
http://www.raceculmvalley.org

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Could this call the lie on developments?

28-02-2017

Quote from a reply to the Give Communities back the right to decide where houses are built petition to HMG

"Local communities are not forced to accept large housing developments. Communities are consulted throughout the Local Plan process and on individual planning applications."

Note the phrase "Communities are conulted". Can anybody on this site actually remember exactly when we were truly CONSULTED? We were told that Welborne would be built and we have been TOLD that Fareham must take another 6,000 plus on top of Welborne. I have lived here since 1984 and I still can't remember when the housing numbers were DISCUSSED and our views actually TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

HMG icon Link to the Govenment response.

At the moment there are 19,471 signatures, it needs to be 100,000 to get debated so please, if you haven't signed the petition please - do it now.

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Looks like Foreman Homes have set their sites on Titchfield now.

12-02-2017

Foreman Homes are holding a public consultation for an undisclosed development in Posbrook Lane, Titchfield.

Foreman Homes consultation


This is to add to the Foreman Homes Icon current list of developments that Foreman Homes are being created in the local, if not exactly in the Fareham, area.

These sites have all received planning permission,

so that is already 432 and they still have the 180 dwellings at Brook Lane on their website - I wonder if we can expect an appeal in the near future?

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Government admits England's housing market is 'broken'

10-02-2017

England’s housing market is broken, the government has admitted, with home ownership a “distant dream” for young families, as it unveiled a white paper promising a fresh wave of home building.

The communities secretary, Sajid Javid, told the House of Commons that average house prices had jumped to 7.5 times average incomes and rents in many places swallowed more than half of take-home pay.


Guardian icon Link to The Guardian article

And according to the Guardian - people who have fallen through the net need not expect to get any help.

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Thought on the 5 year land supply

28-01-2017

Funtley proposed development

Copied from the Facebook Icon Inform Fareham Facebook page Interesting document - worth a read. The developers thoughts, chapter 7, on Fareham's 5 year land supply figures sets out the battle ahead for the council when defending future development appeals. The chapter on Welborne is also worth a read. One needs to say, FBC are confident in their land supply figures. The Cranleigh Road appeal will sort the issue out, one way or other.

The two developers seeking planning approval at Warsash at Wednesday's planning meeting followed more or less the same argument on land supply.

FBC Icon Land north of Funtley Road, Funtley Supporting Planning Statement (including Affordable Housing Statement and Statement of Community Involvement)

Planning application was received by FBC this week.

FBC Icon Planning application

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