All files have now been moved to the reading list - it just seemed tidier
The following map showing proposed developments was created from the planning documents filed with FBC from around the beginning of 2015. The sites shown are purely for new residential builds, it does not include extensions, replacement dwellings or industrial changes (except for Daedalus).
For your information these are the compilations that I created and from which I worked. I cannot guarantee that I have caught ALL of the applications but have done the best that I can. The rejected applications were only started at the beginning of January 2017 as that was when I first thought that the history of these sites might prove of interest in the future.
Approved planning applications
Undecided planning applications
Rejected planning applications
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Everyone needs to take a deep breath at this point. In the months ahead some of our communities are going to hear news they will dread, news of development that they did not seriously believe would happen.
New housing figures are set, however within the overall total, the actual location of where they will be allocated is still being mapped out. Yes, we have Welborne and many would recognise the figure of 6000 new homes but even that figure is very fluid in that FBC needs to be realistic in what can be achieved between now and 2036.
Looking at all the data, the shortfall in new housing to be allocated by way of the review of the local plan is approximately 2000 or so. The figure actually drifts back and forth as planning officers survey and validate supporting evidence, but generally speaking, our shortfall is around 2000, give or take a few hundred.
If we take out the 600 already allocated for the Town Centre which has been revised downwards from a high of 800, that leaves approximately 1400 ± 200. This figure could, and in all probability will change, but not drastically.
There is one point we all should be aware of, the review of the local plan will undoubtedly mean sites which are being rejected today will inevitably be placed within the new local plan.
The review of the local plan is under way. The problem is, when the draft of that plan goes public in the Autumn, our present plan starts to lose its value and the weight will shift towards the direction the new plan will take. Developers and landowners will grasp that opportunity. Hence so many variables at play.
The review of the local plan will go out for public consultation and residents can voice their thoughts. Please do so, it is very important you do, although this opportunity is still some months away.
We need to be realistic and honest here, the additional homes which have been adopted into Fareham's new housing numbers have to go somewhere, NO is not an option. Any frustrations and there will be some for sure should be directed to those who are responsible for allowing Fareham to become a builders yard and in doing so destroying the fabric of this town.
Time frame of the Local Plan
Britten-Norman still aren't overly happy with the idea
"A spokeswoman said: “Britten-Norman operates in the aerospace industry which is both highly regulated and extremely safety conscious.
The studies undertaken by National Grid are helpful in highlighting some of the potential risks but at present do not in themselves propose solutions to deliver full mitigation of the risks.”"
Neither is Caroline Dinenage MP or the Hillhead Residents Association who have applied to Sajid Javeed to have the planning permission revoked because the correct place for this is Fawley and not here.”
Interesting times ahead.
Link to the Daily Echo article.
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Almost everyone was surprised by the Fareham converter decision - but not, it seems, the National Grid, whose baby it is. A week before the council's pronouncement, the grid awarded contracts of more than half a billion pounds for the construction of the monster. Nice to be in the know."
Article in the Private Eye satirical magazine.
The development, Friary Meadow, will be built in fields just off Cartwright Drive, near Titchfield Abbey in Fareham, and will cost approximately £35m to build.
Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: “Fareham has the highest proportion of over 85-year-olds in the UK so accommodation like Friary Meadow will help to supply much-needed housing for the older generation which has been strongly supported by the residents of Titchfield.”
Link to the Daily Echo article.
So that is North Fareham, Porchester, Warsash and now it looks like Titchfield is likely to have it's own problems along with Funtley (in the sidelines at the moment) and you really can't sideline Newlands, no matter what we are told. Until Welborne is sorted then virtually every major application for planning is either going to be approved straight off or will be the focus of an appeal.
With Stubbington By-pass exiting into the Titchfield gyratory an additional 400 cars trying to join the A27 from Titchfield is going to go down a treat. It will be like trying to get out of Gosport all over again.
Link to the Daily Echo article.
It makes you wonder, if Cranleigh Road, Brook Lane, Newlands and all of the other possible sites get passed because Welborne isn't ready, go to appeal and the developers win, will they knock these numbers off of Welborne or will we get all of the in-filling PLUS the 6,000 at Welborne?
I seem to remember a while ago that a certain senior councillor promised us that Welborne would mean NO more in-filling. It doesn't seem like that from here. Must have been in a dream, surely our councillors would not mislead us like this, would they?
Horrified country lovers could only look on as developers working on Bloor Homes, Crowdhill Green site pumped gallons of water from their overflowing and clearly inadequate bund onto a meadow rich with wildlife, including rare reptiles. The torrent of water which as one walker describes was like a raging river, tore into the Woodland Trust's Ancient woodland, Crowdhill Copse, washing away rare plants and undermining the roots of trees that have stood for decades. One upset nature lover remarked tearfully "I don't know how much wildlife has perished due to this, in the summer I saw various lizards and Roesel's Bush Crickets here" The Woodland Trust and Environment Agency have been notified and will be investigating. The sobering point here is that we have only had moderate rainfall and the development is causing this flooding. Imagine what will happen when we have heavy consistent rainfall. This site is only three hundred or so houses. Eastleigh Borough Council are minded to allow in excess of 6,000 here. This is high ground where there are many headwaters running into the river Itchen. Take a look at a flood map and its obvious to all but the most educated developers hydrologists that Bishopstoke and Fair Oak will suffer unprecedented major flooding.
This is a link to the Facebook page that it was published on - You don't need to have a Facebook account just to see the video.
Do you remember this article from January 2016? And then there was the video of Cllr Woodward, stating quite categorically that it wasn't PUSH but local councils that came up with the numbers and that PUSH just correlated them.
Well one thing is for sure, as our Council Leader is responsible for both organisations then he can ultimately be held responsible for the numbers. He really ought to make his mind up though which hat he wants to be wearing when he takes the blame.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to go about objecting to a planning proposal. Going in pitchforks blazing is definitely not an approach that’s going to yield satisfactory results.
Find out more in this fun and informative short film made for CPRE Shropshire by students from Harper Adams University.
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The former Fareham Ambulance station in Stow Crescent, Fareham closed in May 2014 after the South Central Ambulance service cut the number of Ambulance stations across the county and moved Fareham services along with Gosport and Havant to South East Ambulance Service’s base to Cosham.
Councillor Peter Davies, Fareham council's ward councillor for Fareham North West has welcomed the plans.
"It’s brownfield site and most importantly, provides homes, which is what we badly need in North West Fareham.
We have to keep Fareham’s green spaces clear from development so to do that we need to fill up our brownfield sites."
Link to The Daily Echo article, ps the planning application hadn't been posted on FBC's website by the 5th February.
Interesting Document - Lastest 5 year land report from FBC. The 5 year land supply figure is important, it will play a pivotal part in the Cranleigh Road appeal, in fact any development appeal here in Fareham.
Calculations made by housing charity Shelter in 2015 suggested that, to afford a starter home with a 20% discount on the price in 2020, a typical buyer in England would still need an income of £50,000 and a deposit of £40,000. In London, someone would need an income of £77,000 and a deposit of £98,000, based on average lending ratios, according to Shelter's projections.
Roger Harding, director of communications, policy and campaigns at Shelter, said: "Efforts to build more homes are welcome, but these starter homes are only likely to benefit people who are better off and already close to buying. Sadly, they will do little to help the many millions of people on middle and low incomes who need somewhere genuinely affordable to buy or rent long term."
An article by Shelter in 2015 describes some of the problems associated with this phrase
HMG Press release.
The Government have set aside £1.2Bn for the Starter Homes Land Fund. A starter home is defined as
"Starter Homes are new homes built exclusively for first-time buyers between 23 and 40 years old at a discount of at least 20% below market value." I wonder how many Fareham residents will be able to afford any of these homes even at their massively discounted (subsidised) prices.
In their press release they have said
"In addition, the Homes and Communities Agency has also today issued a call seeking expressions of interest from local authorities who are interested in using their land to deliver homes at pace through the £1.7 billion Accelerated Construction recently announced. This will see up to 15,000 homes started on surplus public sector land this Parliament."
So far I have found the Accelerated Construction Scheme quoted as £1.7bn, £3bn, £5bn. So I am not sure which this scheme refers to but £1.7bn for 15,000 homes until 2020 means a figure of over £1,133,333 per dwelling so I guess that none of these will be starter homes.
Link to The News article
Link to a Daily Telegraph article
Eastleigh Council has approved the building of another development of 6,000 houses, the same size as Welborne. So that will be two new housing areas each equivalent in size to Petersfield that will be built in the small corner of South Hampshire between Winchester and Fareham. These two sites on their own will swallow about one eigth of the whole area on their own and then there are all of the other developments that are in the pipeline - another 6000 in Fareham and goodness know how many in Eastleigh, as they have no accepted development plan. Even in Fareham we can't be sure that 6000 is teh upper number, because Welborne is still struggling with no clear resolution in site yet, developers can almost certainly use the inadequate provision argument until something concrete (pun unintended) happens.