Posbrook Lane

Foreman Homes Appeal

 

Last Year Foreman Homes, a local housing developer, submitted a plan for 150 houses on a site off Posbrook Lane and between Bellfield and The Posbrook farm development. It was refused.

The Village Trust along with over 250 individuals posted objections. Officers from Fareham Borough Council also advised refusal. The Planning Committee were almost unanimous in their decision to refuse.

Foreman Homes have decided to Appeal that decision :

Planning Appeal Reference number APP/A1720/W/18/3199119

Planning Application Reference number P/17/0681/OA

 

Appeal by: Foreman Homes Ltd

Site Address: Land east of Posbrook Lane, Titchfield, Fareham, Hampshire PO14 4EZ

Appeal Proposal: Outline Planning Application For Application For Scout Hut, Up To 150 Dwellings, Community Garden, Associated Landscaping, Amenity Areas And A Means Of Access From Posbrook Lane

 

I am writing with regard to the above planning application recently decided by Fareham Borough Council.  Following consideration by this Council the application was refused.

 

Fareham Borough Council has been informed that an appeal has been made against this decision by Foreman Homes Ltd.  Planning appeals are decided by an executive agency known as the Planning Inspectorate not Fareham Borough Council.

 

The Planning Inspectorate will hold a Public Inquiry to discuss the appeal.  You are able to attend and we will write to you again to inform you of the date, time and venue.

 

We will forward any representations you have made to us previously about the application to the Planning Inspectorate.  You are also welcome to make further comments now if you would like to do so.  All comments will be considered by the Planning Inspector assigned to this case when deciding the appeal.  Once an appeal decision has been received we will contact you again and let you know the outcome of the appeal.  The appeal decision will be published on http://www.gov.uk

 

You can view the appeal documents by visiting the Fareham Borough Council website at http://www.fareham.gov.uk/casetrackerplanning/ and entering the application reference number P/17/0681/OA.  If you do not have access to the internet the appeal documents can also be viewed in person at the Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

 

If you wish to make comments on the appeal you must do so to the Planning Inspectorate by 1st June 2018.

 

You can comment online at the Planning Inspectorate website athttps://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk.  Alternatively, if you do not have access to the internet you can write (quoting the appeal reference number APP/A1720/W/18/3199119 and providing three copies of your comments) to: 

 

The Planning Inspectorate

Temple Quay House

2 The Square

Bristol

BS1 6PN

 

Please note that the Planning Inspectorate will not acknowledge representations.  They will however ensure that letters received by the deadline are passed on to the Planning Inspector dealing with the appeal.  If comments are submitted after the deadline the Planning Inspector will not normally look at them and they will be returned.

 

Further guidance can be found in the Planning Inspectorate publication “Guide to taking part in planning appeals proceeding by an inquiry” which is available to view at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/taking-part-in-a-planning-listed-building-or-enforcement-appeal.

They give as their reason for appealing :

 

As the Local Plan is out of date, the presumption in paragraph 14 of the NPPF applies.

The Council cannot demonstrate an up-to-date five year supply of deliverable sites for housing. In accordance with paragraph 49 of the NPPF, the development plan is to be regarded as out of date. The development of the appeal site for a sustainable form of development should now be considered favourably in accordance with the advice at paragraph 14 of the NPPF, having regard to the importance of delivery of housing for meeting the district’s market and affordable housing needs and the delivery of economic and sustainable growth noting that there is a significant deficit.

The scheme represents a sustainable form of development and the appeal scheme involves the provision of significant benefits.

Not only are there are no adverse impacts which significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits, but there are in fact significant benefits which significantly and demonstrably outweigh any perceived harm (landscape harm, harm to the setting of a Grade II* Listed Building and loss of best and most versatile agricultural land).

The appeal scheme is submitted in accordance with the NPPF and it should be allowed so as to permit a sustainable form of much needed new market and affordable housing in helping to meet the Borough’s housing needs and to provide the additional benefits which have been identified.

NPPF is the Governments National Planning Policy Framework.

They are quoting Para 14 which says :

 

14. At the heart of the National Planning Policy Framework is a presumption in favour of sustainable development, which should be seen as a golden thread running through both plan-making and decision-taking.

For plan-making this means that:

  • local planning authorities should positively seek opportunities to meet the development needs of their area

  • Local Plans should meet objectively assessed needs, with sufficient flexibility to adapt to rapid change, unless:

    • any adverse impacts of doing so would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits, when assessed against the policies in this Framework taken as a whole

    • specific policies in this Framework indicate development should be restricted4

For decision-taking this means5:

  • approving development proposals that accord with the development plan without delay and

  • where the development plan is absent, silent or relevant policies are out-of-date, granting permission unless:

    • any adverse impacts of doing so would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits, when assessed against the policies in this Framework taken as a whole or

    • specific policies in this Framework indicate development should be restricted

They are basically saying Fareham is out of date and needs to catch up. It’s the reasons given by the developer at Cranleigh Road Porchester when they went to appeal. The inspector allowed that appeal.

Since then however Welborne has started to move forward, and the local Plan 2036 has come into being. We endorsed that plan which included 400 houses just on the edge of the village at Segensworth. In fact an application is about to be submitted for 150 houses on that site. These will all be included in the arguments FBC will put forward showing that Fareham is in fact 'Up To Date' along with the Meon gap strategy, to prevent coalescence of current housing,  and the detriment to listed buildings and the surrounding countryside which enhances and is part of the Titchfield conservation area.

The Village Trust will be attending the enquiry and pointing up our previous arguments as well as showing the inspector that we are not an organisation that says 'Not In My Backyard'. Note our support of the Local Draft Plan (See Below) and our support for the 86 units currently under construction in the 'Retirement Village' at Friary Meadows off Cartwright Drive.

Those developments are in the right place this one is not !

If you wish to add to any previous objections you made to this development please do using the contact details supplied by the Notice of Appeal above.

Please also be aware that any previous objections you made will be forwarded to the inspector.

As soon as we have all the details about dates, times and place we will let you know.

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The Following is the Trust's Submission to the Fareham Draft Local Plan Consultation

The Titchfield Village Trust's  comments regarding the Local Plan come from a group which takes great pride in helping to create a pleasant and sustainable environment in which to live.

As an organisation we have no objections to the overall plan.

It would seem the 400 units planned for Southampton Road would be the ones that would most affect the village, they are certainly the closest. They will have an impact on schools and health provision within the immediate area, something we are sure you will be aware of.

On examination the 700 or so houses planned for Warsash are much more likely to affect village residents.

At the present time the traffic coming from the Warsash Road and using Common Lane/Coach Hill and Bridge Street to get onto the Titchfield Road and on to Gosport/Lee/Stubbington and Daedalus cause a considerable increase in traffic flow during the morning and evening peak times.

This brings a particular problem for children coming from the Bellfield Estate and crossing Coach Hill attending the Primary School. We have not had a crossing patrol person for the last year and County funding for these looks likely to be cut due to budget restrictions.

We would ask that any major development in Warsash takes note of this and developers/planners  move towards funding traffic calming measures in this area.

One suggestion the Trust did put to Richard Jolly at the consultation meeting held in the village was to create a ‘No Right Turn’ from the Warsash Road into Common Lane similar to the one from Cartwright Drive along Segenswortrh Road leading to Fontley Rd/Mill Lane. Drivers would then be encouraged to take the ‘New’ dual carriageway A27 and the planned Stubbington Bypass to reach the southern work areas of the borough. This of course would mean co-ordinating with HCC as the roads/transport authority.

We applaud the idea of maintaining as far as is possible the Meon and Stubbington strategic gaps. Our support for the New Country Park in the Titchfield Abbey conservation area will no doubt go some way to keeping them in place

We would also like to put on record that the 86 units being built at Friary Meadow as part of the Country Park ‘Quid Pro Quo’, along with the major housing development in Titchfield Park should certainly be regarded as the wards contribution to the overall Fareham housing allocation.

As a result we are against any further housing projects within the village, as we believe FBC should be as well. It would certainly go against the coalescence policy you have in place and is once again likely to use green field sites which should stay that way in order to retain the unique adjacent conservation areas of the Village itself and the Abbey.

Wow what a day

So, I think it’s very important to express things as honestly as you can and so I start with an admission that I wasn’t particularly looking forward to the day-a scheduled meeting about fundraising just after lunch, followed later in the evening by an AGM! As a new member of the TVT team this was to be my induction.

 

In this same approach of honesty, I would now admit how wrong I was and how I thoroughly enjoyed events! I don’t plan to steal what will follow progressively in minutes of the AGM but wanted just to give a sense of what I felt.

 

Let’s begin with the Fundraising session. I gather this was the first such session, but I was “blown away” by the amount of pre-work that had gone into the event. There were no less than 20 opportunities tabled to enable the team to work towards the target. Each was discussed and the first 10 were prioritised and allocated to members of the team along with a target date to go for. The next ten are on the list yet to be worked on. 

 

Given there is already a respectable sum in the account the aspiration is to ensure “Match Funding” where any investment planned by TVT is matched by any potential donor. In addition, where possible donations would be Gift Aided. Lastly consideration was given to ensuring the wider community is aware of progress of this team and actions were taken to work on the communication of what I am sure will be progressive successes in moving towards the targeted sum.

 

So, a few hours to catch my breath and on to the AGM. The evening was kicked off with a very informative presentation given by John Peterkin who explained the links between the Earl of Southampton Trust and Titchfield.

The usual stuff of an AGM was dealt with by Nick along with able support from Digby explaining the financials. It is clear sound investments have already been made on the Parish Room. Nick went on to “paint the picture” now an appropriate survey has been delivered of the likely target for the major works, albeit a few aspects need to be resolved of course. Maths isn’t my strongest point, but I believe original thoughts were possibly of an investment of £0.25 million- and now it seems that with some work £0.1 million is the vision. That’s great news and credit for all the work to date from everyone.

 

A number of other topics were covered to bring everyone up to date-you’ll see this I’m sure in the AGM minutes.

 

I guess I just wanted to take this early opportunity to say well done to everyone involved-not just for the work but also evidently for the passion displayed and surprising me on day one!

Chris Turner  4.03.2020

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