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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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A PLANNING APPLICATION FOR 57 HOUSES HAS BEEN SUBMITTED BY FOREMAN HOMES ON THE SAME SITE THEY WERE REFUSED PERMISSION TO BUILD 150.
THE TRUST HAVE OBJECTED :
The Titchfield Village Trust would like to object to this application in the strongest of terms.
This is a somewhat cynical attempt by a developer to undermine both the Inspectors report regarding the already refused application for them to build 150 houses on this site and your own stated aims within the draft local plan.
We only have to quote the inspectors comments from the previous enquiry and of course his refusal to grant permission:
The ecological provisions payments and additional bird sanctuary are primarily mitigation requirements resultant from the proposed development and its likely potential effects and do not therefore substantively add a positive contribution to the overall balance.
The impact on the significance of the Grade II* listed buildings is not outweighed by the public benefits of the scheme and therefore the additional harms related to landscape and BMVAL only add further to the weight against the proposal. The advice in the Framework supports the conclusions to resist the proposal. There are therefore no material considerations that indicate that a decision other than in accordance with the development plan would be appropriate.
These reasons still stand whether we are talking about 150 dwellings or 57.
It is, to quote your own view from the Local Plan consultation, a very important landscape and any proposed new housing would have a negative impact.
Keeping the Meon Valley strategic gap as a development free zone is vital in retaining the integrity of the 2 adjacent conservation areas of the Village of Titchfield and Titchfield Abbey, as you yourselves have pointed out on numerous occasions.
Indeed the local plan suggests that at some time this gap has the potential to become greenbelt as the only open space between Southampton and Portsmouth along the A27.
Foreman Homes should not be allowed to encroach in any way on this gap. Fareham already have a robust plan for housing development within the borough including provision for 400 or so dwellings alongside the A27 at the nearby Segensworth roundabout.
150 houses was wrong and so are 57. This is a green space that should remain green.
WE MUST KEEP THIS AS A GREEN SITE NOT A GREED SITE
We would urge you to object by visiting the Fareham Council Website planning portal :
The application has the case number
Land East of Posbrook Lane Titchfield Fareham
Or you can write to :
The Planning Department, Fareham Borough Council, Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham PO16 7AZ
Titchfield Parish Room Project 2070
For those of you who came to our AGM you will be aware of the plan for the Parish Room charity to merge with The Village Trust. Since then the Parish Room AGM agreed the same proposition that :
Titchfield Village Trust assume responsibility for the Parish Room and negotiate with the Diocese and landlords for a new lease of sufficient longevity to repair and upgrade the building. As part of that we will launch a fundraising campaign to ensure the Parish Room as a legacy for Titchfield for at least the next 50 years.
The reason for the merger is that the whole of the roof is in a parlous state and as long as we are committed to replacing it we may just as well bring the entire building into the 21st century and undertake a major upgrade.
We still have one or two legal hoops to jump through but already volunteers have begun to work on a fundraising and buildings sub-committee and we are in the process of setting up an administration and organisation sub-committee.
We know that the years ahead are going to fraught with problems but believe sincerely that the Trust will rise to the occasion. The Parish Room is a vital, much used and indeed essential part of village life. We should all strive to make sure it remains at the heart of Titchfield not only for the current generation but for those who follow as well in fact a legacy for the next 50 years.
We are hoping to create a set of ‘Village gates’ at 6 entry points to the Titchfield
Site 1: East Street
Site 2 : Southampton Hill
Site 3: Posbrook Lane
Site 4: Bridge Street
Site 5: Warsash Road.
Site 6 St Margaret’s Lane
You may have taken part in voting at the Church Fete for the message that will appear on the proposed village gates. The winner was :
As a result a set of new signs, courtesy of Sean Searight and his team of village emblem people, will first be used to replace the signs already marking the entrances to the village. We will then be embarking on a project to raise funds at a later stage in order to create the actual ‘Gates’
PLAYGROUND AT ABBEY MEADOWS
Our application for a grant from the Veolia Trust for £75,000 to help create an adventure playground in the new Abbey Meadows park unfortunately failed, but FBC have said they will now fund the entire scheme of £120,000. This will use money given to the Abbey Meadows Park by the developers of the Friary Meadows Retirement Village.
The design chosen is one that fits, not only into the environment, it uses natural materials as far as is safely possible, but also reflects the fact that it is part of the Titchfield Abbey Conservation Area.
The design will also encompass features to allow those with disabilities to use the playground.
THE VILLAGE CLOCK
After a deal of refurbishment the Village Clock, given to Titchfield by the Village Trust to commemorate the fact that we won the ‘Best Kept Village in Hampshire’ 2 years running (1987/1988) has found a new home above the butchers shop in South Street.
Our thanks go to Derek, Aiden and Sharon for helping re-site the clock which, after some attention from professional clock restorers along with a bit of paint tarting, is likely to give us at least another 30 years of indicating how early of late we are for that all important hair appointment!
YOUR VILLAGE TRUST NEEDS YOU
The first months of this year have seen us undertake some major projects which are likely to keep us all busy for years to come.
Our current committee is very active and knows what the future holds, we just need a little extra help to make sure things turn out as we hope they will.
Please get in touch or pass the message on to anyone you think make be able to contribute to the Village