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Swimming pool and homes plan given go-ahead
10:33am Wednesday 24th October 2012 in News
A CONTROVERSIAL homes plan that will pave the way for a new swimming pool, allotments and sports pitches in Hampshire has been approved.
Planning bosses at Fareham Borough Council unanimously agreed to the proposals to build 160 new homes at the Coldeast site in Sarisbury Green.
The plans had attracted more than 50 letters of objection – with residents raising concerns about the strain the new homes will put on local roads, schools and other services.
But council leader Sean Woodward said he was “delighted”
the homes plan had been approved – because it meant that land would be handed over to the council for public open space and community facilities.
Developers Miller Homes have already built 160 new homes at Coldeast, which is the site of a former NHS hospital that closed in 2005.
Their latest application was for another 160 homes, along with 40 sheltered accommodation flats.
The homes builder was also given permission to transform the derelict stately home at the site, known as the Manor House, into a 27-room hotel with function facilities.
Outline planning permission was given for sports pitches, a community pavilion, allotments, a cemetery and a swimming pool.
Councillor Woodward said: “I’m absolutely delighted.
“It’s something that’s concerned me for all of my 27 years as a councillor and I think we have got the absolutely best possible outcome.
“Over the years there have been lots of different planning applications to get houses on it, including plans from John Prescott to put a couple of thousands on there and we resisted.
“What we have ended up with is a development which has produced a lot of community facilities and a large amount of open space and woodland which we will preserve.
“There’s a huge amount of benefits going to be coming to the local community from the Coldeast site and the majority of the site will become public open space and community facilities.”