Controversial new 6,000-home scheme at Fareham.

An artist’s impression of the Welborne development.

An artist’s impression of the Welborne development.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A COUNCIL has set out its vision for the future of a controversial new 6,000-home community.

Now residents will get the chance to give their views on the detailed guidelines, on which future development in Welborne, north of Fareham, would be based.

Fareham Borough Council’s Supplementary Planning Guidance document – effectively a design brief for Welborne – will be considered by residents during the next six weeks after councillors agreed to put it out to public consultation.

If it is judged satisfactory after taking those views into account, the design guidance would be adopted by the council and would influence any future planning decisions.

The lengthy document details guidance principles for everything on the development site, which is north of the M27, from open spaces, roads and infrastructure to landscaping, emp-loyment areas, schools and community centres.

It says a key objective is to create a community that ensures an “overarching character to all residential areas of Wel-borne which embrace the principles of a 21st century ‘garden community’”.

It also wants Welborne to have a “strong identity and sense of place”.

Among the requirements, it says green space should be at the heart of all areas of development and connect to surrounding landscape and existing neighbourhoods, and that road crossing along green corridors should be kept to an “absolute minimum”.

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Council leader Sean Woodward said it was a “significant” step in the Welborne process, but said the most significant step would be the public inquiry by an independent inspector in late summer looking at the soundness of the Welborne plan.

He said the document would save the council and developers time and money by showing what the council was looking for and residents and councillors would be able to judge planning applications on this criteria.

“It’s a statement of the quality of the scheme and what’s expected to be there,” said Councillor Woodward.

“Then effectively the planning committee have a checklist to say ‘We have this application, does it fit with design guidance?’”

The public inquiry this summer will examine the details of the Welborne plans to see if it is deliverable, viable and whether there are other options.

This follows a public inquiry in 2010 which assessed the soundness of the plan in principle.

A joint outline planning application by landowners of the Welborne site is expected this autumn and if, following the public inquiry, the plans are found sound, the council will adopt the Welborne plan in the new year and a detailed planning application could then follow.

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11:49am Wed 4 Jun 14

Miguel Raton says...

New homes are deperately needed to house all the people that want to live in the UK. The planning process should be streamlined to allow faster development.
New homes are deperately needed to house all the people that want to live in the UK. The planning process should be streamlined to allow faster development. Miguel Raton
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12:12pm Wed 4 Jun 14

one in a million says...

Solent city here we come....
Solent city here we come.... one in a million
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1:17pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Mr E says...

Yes we need housing , However I can't help wondering if its a good idea to build vast estates miles from Employment , Shopping, entertainment ETC with little parking and at best a poor bus service.
Yes we need housing , However I can't help wondering if its a good idea to build vast estates miles from Employment , Shopping, entertainment ETC with little parking and at best a poor bus service. Mr E
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8:16am Thu 5 Jun 14

Buzzard2 says...

I have yet to see figures proving we really need this huge number of unaffordable, unsustainable housing. Sadly the public tend to be taken in by every sweet-wrapped, 'statistically proven' campaign.

This has all the hallmarks of another calamitous victory for politics, money, greed and big business against health, well-being and long-term legacy.

I just hope I am around to say 'I told you so.'
I have yet to see figures proving we really need this huge number of unaffordable, unsustainable housing. Sadly the public tend to be taken in by every sweet-wrapped, 'statistically proven' campaign. This has all the hallmarks of another calamitous victory for politics, money, greed and big business against health, well-being and long-term legacy. I just hope I am around to say 'I told you so.' Buzzard2
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8:31am Thu 5 Jun 14

Zeo says...

Mr E wrote:
Yes we need housing , However I can't help wondering if its a good idea to build vast estates miles from Employment , Shopping, entertainment ETC with little parking and at best a poor bus service.
As part of the plans, a new station would be about half a mile south of the original Knowle Halt (or on the plans in the top left corner of the housing estate) on the Eastleigh-Fareham Line.

Plans for South Hants Transport show that the Eastleigh-Fareham line will be redoubled some point between 2026-2031, this would of been redoubled now if the plans for South Hants Light Rapid Transit was built but Liebour rejected the project due to cost. Also Hampshire Bus Rapid Transit will operate 2 loop lines connecting Welborne to Fareham-Gosport and one from Welborne to Portsmouth.

I was running the camping to reopen the Meon Valley Railway in 2013 as a heritage attraction between West Meon and Knowle, soon as I saw the plans for Welborne I thought it could be an ideal place to see if they could incorporate the heritage scheme and an interchange between the lines, and get some backing but never got a reply back from Fareham Council.
[quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: Yes we need housing , However I can't help wondering if its a good idea to build vast estates miles from Employment , Shopping, entertainment ETC with little parking and at best a poor bus service.[/p][/quote]As part of the plans, a new station would be about half a mile south of the original Knowle Halt (or on the plans in the top left corner of the housing estate) on the Eastleigh-Fareham Line. Plans for South Hants Transport show that the Eastleigh-Fareham line will be redoubled some point between 2026-2031, this would of been redoubled now if the plans for South Hants Light Rapid Transit was built but Liebour rejected the project due to cost. Also Hampshire Bus Rapid Transit will operate 2 loop lines connecting Welborne to Fareham-Gosport and one from Welborne to Portsmouth. I was running the camping to reopen the Meon Valley Railway in 2013 as a heritage attraction between West Meon and Knowle, soon as I saw the plans for Welborne I thought it could be an ideal place to see if they could incorporate the heritage scheme and an interchange between the lines, and get some backing but never got a reply back from Fareham Council. Zeo
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