A town in Hampshire will be receiving an additional 2,000 homes- mere months after the go-ahead was given for a controversial 6,000-home plan.
Council leaders in Fareham recently announced that the town has to find room for the extra housing to accommodate demand and prevent unwanted developments from being pushed upon them.
The news, however, has been greeted with hostility from those who accuse the Fareham council of reneging on a promise it made when approving a controversial 6,000-home development at Welborne last summer.
Angry protesters say that Welborne, which is located north of Fareham, was sold with the understanding that it would prevent further development from taking place in the area, and now housing developers would be making further inroads after council leaders declined to prohibit building in greenfield areas.
Councillor Sean Woodward, who leads the Fareham Borough Council, said that he anticipated rural locations being put forward for future development, but insisted that the plans were necessary, as the council needs to extend its future housing blueprint by another 10 years.
This will align it with the Welborne plan, which will run until 2036 due to its scale. This is 10 years after the current local plan comes to an end. The Welborne plan also includes shops, community facilities, and four schools. Nearly a third of the homes will be classed as ‘affordable’.
Community activist Sean Cunningham, who firmly opposed development in Fareham, said that residents had been misled by claims that building Welborne would solve local housing problems.
The 2,000-home figure was put together by Partnership for Urban South Hampshire, which consists of 12 local authorities. Each of these authorities will have to make provision for extra housing.