THE final piece of funding for a major road scheme will allow a 6,000-home development to go-ahead.

Fareham Borough Council has been awarded £10m from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund which will be used towards upgrading junction 10 of the M27 into an ‘all-moves’ junction at a total cost of £65m.

Other funding for the project comes from the developers of Welborne Buckland Development, the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport.

The garden village will deliver 6,000 homes, 5,700 jobs, a new secondary school, three primary schools and new recreational, community space and health facilities.

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes said: “Welborne garden village is an exciting opportunity for our area.

“Fareham is playing its part in developing much-needed housing that the country needs.

“This is a big step for our area and huge progress has been made but important infrastructure is essential.”

Councillor Seán Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: “This is excellent news for the delivery of Welborne garden village and indeed for those who use the M27 on a regular basis.”

Councillor Rob Humby, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “These improvements will play a key factor in enabling the network to cope with the increase in vehicle movements accessing Welborne garden village, along with encouraging economic development in the area.”

Under the proposals which will be delivered by Highways England, traffic can only leave the motorway on the westbound carriageway and join it on the eastbound carriageway at junction 10. However the plans will see the construction of a new eastbound off and a new westbound on slip roads.

It comes after a delegation led by Fareham Borough Council met with the secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling and secretary of state for communities and local government Sajid Javid at Westminster in December to discuss potential funding options for Welborne and how it could be brought forward.

Councillor Woodward added: “Both ministers were supportive of our strategy for Welborne and we had positive conversations in which rapid action was promised, with a focus on roads and funding.”

Work will start in 2020.