A COUNCILLOR has raised concerns about plans for a new village in Hampshire.

Plans for Welborne Garden Village near J10 M27 is currently under public consultation.

The application by Buckland Development Limited (BDL) includes plans to build 6000 new homes, schools, district shopping centres, a business park and health facilities.

In the original plans, about 30% of the homes were due to be made affordable however revisions suggest that the figure is 600.

Plans had previously been approved in October 2019. However, an agreement was not signed as funding was uncertain.

Cllr Jim Forrest who sits on the council’s planning and development scrutiny panel is concerned about the lack of affordable housing.

The Stubbington ward councillor said: “Reductions in affordable housing make a nonsense of the argument for developing on greenfield sites. And the likely reduction in adaptable homes undermines efforts at all levels of government to fight the climate emergency. If Ministers are serious in their estimates of housing need, they should have enabled the LEP to stand by their commitment.

“Instead they have given the developers an incentive to renege on the concept of a Garden Village, and instead make Welborne yet another over-priced, soulless estate.”

A spokesperson for Fareham Lib Dems said: “The funding fiasco means that the 6,000-home Welborne estate will be less effective than promised in providing homes for people who really need them.’

The Daily Echo have approached BDL for comment.