Local Issues

29 Sep


I have received a number of complaints about the incorrect diversion route being used for M27 motorway closures which is sending over-height “double decker” HGVs via the A27 Bursledon railway bridge near Swanwick. A bridge height below 16 foot 6 inches cannot accommodate these lorries and there have been instances of them meeting the 15 foot 9 inch bridge and needing to turn around which is inconvenient and disruptive.
Highways England claim the agreed diversion route is via Swanwick which is simply not correct. The appropriate route is via the A3051 through Burridge to Botley. Signage will now be corrected for future closures starting next week to sign over-height HGVs onto Botley Road from the Kam’s Palace roundabout.
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26 Sep


Fareham Borough Council is launching a free parking permit that will enable NHS hospital workers who live in Fareham to park for free at barrier car parks in the town centre from 1st October 2020 to 31st March 2021.
To apply for a permit, NHS employees will need to provide proof that they live in the Fareham borough, together with a copy of their NHS hospital ID, and their vehicle registration.
This new initiative is designed to help busy hospital workers who need to pop into town for some shopping after a long shift.
I am delighted that we are now in a position to formalise a scheme to ensure NHS hospital workers continue to benefit from free parking in Fareham; they are doing such a superb job. I do hope that this small gesture goes some way towards thanking them for their ongoing hard work in these exceptional times.”
To apply for a free parking permit, NHS workers who live in the Fareham borough and are hospital-based should email parkingservices@fareham.gov.uk to request an application form.
The scheme comes into effect from 1st October and those who have successfully applied for a parking permit will be able to use Osborn Road multi storey, Fareham Shoppers’ multi storey and Market Quay car parks. A physical permit will not be issued as automatic number plate recognition technology will be used.
The Council introduced free parking for all key workers in May then all NHS workers from July. The permit arrangement from October will be for all NHS hospital workers through to the end of March 2021.
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23 Sep


Fareham Borough Council will begin the process of considering the Publication version of its new Local Plan at a meeting of its Planning and Development Scrutiny Panel next week (Thursday October 1). This follows a consultation on proposed changes to the Government’s Planning Policy Guidance which could significantly alter the number of new homes we need to plan for.
As a result, we are planning for a minimum of 403 new homes a year (a 22.5% reduction on the figure of 520 that we were working towards in 2019) meaning that we would be required to provide sites for 1,872 fewer new houses than previously during the Plan period. The resulting Publication Local Plan, on which the Council will be consulting, reflects the proposed lower housing numbers. The approach to plan for lower numbers enables the Council not to progress the Strategic Growth Areas south of Fareham or west of Downend and many other proposed housing sites previously consulted upon.
Following consideration by the Planning and Development Scrutiny Panel, the Executive will meet to consider the draft Local Plan on October 12 before Full Council decides on October 22 whether or not to approve the Publication Local Plan for consultation.
If approved by Full Council, there will be a public consultation through the autumn. This stage of the process is known as a Regulation 19 consultation and is an opportunity for residents to state whether they think the Publication Local Plan is sound and meets the legal requirements for plan-making. All comments received during this consultation will be sent to the Government’s appointed Planning Inspector to be considered as part of the public examination process. If the Inspector finds the plan to be sound during the public examination, it will come back to the Council for formal adoption. Upon adoption, the new Local Plan will be used to decide planning applications.
The agenda for the scruti ny meeting is here with the new draft Local Plan https://moderngov.fareham.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx…
The Publication version of the new Local Plan sets out our approach to development in the Borough through to 2037. The housing numbers are based on the formula currently being consulted on by the Government. The Council is aware that the formula might be subject to revision however the difference for Fareham is so significant that it would seem irresponsible to ignore the changes being proposed. We do not plan to submit the Local Plan for consideration until after the results of the Government’s consultation are both known and enacted.
I am delighted that the intense lobbying that I undertook on behalf of the Borough with both ministers and civil servants has borne fruit in the Government’s latest proposed method for calculating the requirement for new homes resulting in a very significant reduction in Fareham’s requirements. Preserving our Strategic Gaps has always been a very high priority for me and for the Council and the proposed new Local Plan does just that. I hope it will be supported by our residents, many of whom are just as passionate about these issues.
List of sites no longer progressed within the Publication version of the Fareham Local Plan 2037:
• Strategic Growth Area: South of Fareham
• Land west of Downend Road in the Strategic Growth Area: North of Downend
• Rookery Farm, Swanwick
• Newgate Lane South, Peel Common
• Romsey Avenue, Portchester
• Pinks Hill, Wallington
• Military Road, Wallington
• North Wallington and Standard Way, Wallington