Titchfield Village Trust (TVT) is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (No: 1184545)
The objects of the CIO are:
(1) For the public benefit in the area comprising the village of Titchfield and its immediate surroundings which area shall hereinafter be referred to as "the area of benefit":
(a) The promotion of high standards of planning and architecture in or affecting the area of benefit
(b) The education of the public in the geography, history, natural history and architecture of the area of benefit
(c) To assist towards the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historical or public interest in the area of benefit.
(2) The provision and maintenance of a village hall for the use of the inhabitants of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Titchfield without distinction of political, religious or other opinions, including use for:
(a) meetings, lectures and classes, and
(b) other forms of recreation and leisure-time occupation, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the inhabitants.
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July General Meeting
As I’m sure you will have worked out we are going to have to cancel our July 7th General Meeting. Our next General Meeting will be on Tuesday the 3rd of November, hopefully, we will be able to go ahead with this one. We’ve asked Mark Trigwell the FBC Countryside Warden, who was going to update us on how plans for the Abbey Meadows Park were advancing, to move his presentation to that date.
Just to let you know that even though some things seem to have slowed to almost a standstill we have moved forward on putting together our planning application for the Parish Room roof along with 4 applications for grants to help fund the work. To be frank, it’s something of a logistical nightmare with grants, planning, and the new lease all having to come together in the right order each dependant on the other. Timing, as the government keeps telling us, is everything but at least the draft copies are coming together.
The Parish Room remains in ‘lockdown’ until at least July 4th
The Village continues to step up to the plate as a community in all kinds of ways and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those helping Titchfield through these difficult times.
Look forward to seeing you in November.
HELLO AND WELCOME TO YOUR LIBRARY
Strange times call for strange goings-on and the Phone Box in the Village has started breeding books!
From just a few at the start of the week, it won’t be long before we will have to set up a cataloguing system.
The closure of libraries and book and charity shops along with more time available for reading means many people are running out of new reads, in our house I’m even thinking of re-reading Ulysses ….but then again can I face the pain as Mr Joyce might say.
If you fancy a new book please feel free to pay the ‘new library’ a visit but when you do please help by encouraging the books to continue to breed so we all have a choice.
P.S. Don’t tell BT they’ll only begin charging us landline fees.
After the retirement of Mike Franklin as Fareham Borough Council’s Conservation Officer they have now appointed a new officer who will be dealing with most of the applications involving listed buildings and those within the conservation area. This, of course, includes a fair part of the Village. The name of the new officer is Sarah Leete - Groves and she started with Fareham Borough Council in March.
Posbrook Lane Development
It was exactly a year ago on the 12th of April that the planning inspector delivered his verdict on the Foreman Homes application to build 150 houses on a field off Posbrook Lane and adjoining the Bellefield Estate.
He upheld the Fareham Borough Councils' decision to refuse planning permission.
The FBC decision was based on its CS22 policy that advises ‘land within the strategic gap will be treated as countryside and development proposals will not be permitted where it affects the integrity of the gap and the physical and visual separation of settlements’
This, however, was not the main reason the inspector refused the application what he was more concerned with was the ‘material harm to the character and appearance of the area which is a valued landscape to the setting of the 2 grade ll* listed buildings and a minor adverse effect on best and most versatile agricultural land in the area. He went on: On this basis, the proposal would conflict with policy CS14 in the Local Plan 1 (This part of the FBC plan is to do with maintaining strategic gaps between settlements) and DSP5, DSP6, in the Local Plan 2 (Also there to protect the character of the landscape and its conservation and heritage)
Since this decision, Foreman Homes has submitted another application for the field, this time for 57 houses on the same site. The Planning Inspector gave no indication that a reduction in the density of housing might open the door to a further application. Therefore, the same reasons for refusing planning stand.
Fareham Borough Planners remain opposed to the application, nothing has changed in that respect.
The Village Trust along with hundreds of others in the community have, once again, registered their objections. A decision was due on the 20th March, however, COVID 19 has taken something of a front seat as far as both national and local authorities are concerned, and an understandable hiatus has ensued.
It is worth remembering that in the New Local Plan, which recently completed its public consultation, it continues to emphasize the Meon Valley as an important strategic gap. Indeed, in our submission to the Draft Plan proposals we stated:
The Titchfield Village Trust fully supports the updated Draft Local Plan particularly in the proposals for the Meon Valley which includes the village of Titchfield.
We urge you to continue to protect this “important landscape” as a ‘Strategic Gap’ which, as you mention, has “an important role in separating settlements and maintaining the distinct identities of towns, villages and urban areas” while at the same time preserving the 2 conservation areas within the valley (Titchfield Village and Titchfield Abbey)
We would also encourage you to follow up on working with PUSH in designating the area as greenbelt which would give further protection to the valley.
As things stand it could become the only green space between Southampton and Portsmouth and as such deserves all the protection it can be given.
We remain committed to standing against the Foreman Homes proposal as we always have done in presentations to both the Fareham Planning Committee and at the Planning Inspectors Enquiry.