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The enquiry - day one


Taken from The News icon The News article

"The PUSH figures are untested and should not be seen as a final housing target for the local plan. The council is pro-actively pursuing a number of developments with Welborne." Quote byPaul Stinchcombe, representing Fareham Borough Council.

From the Voice for Portchester Facebook page courtesy of Siobhan Paula Fox Houlihan

Cranleigh Road Appeal - update

I was there until 4pm today and it was long, sometimes not understood because of all the legal jargon going back and forth but here is just a round up if interested.

If there is any mistake I make here please let me know and I will edit this post. I don't pretend to know everything going on here and so am only human so am capable of mistakes. Please be kind if I'm wrong!

Welborne Village is well under massive delays in building works.

Make no mistake Welborne is going ahead - but very slowly.

FBC should have in place a 5 year plan for certain amount of houses - according to the government- Persimmon homes are arguing that because Welborne is so far behind you have to put houses up elsewhere. We are effectively taking some pressure off Welborne by building on lands near us.

Lots more applications to build other dwellings in this and surrounding area have been refused and they went through all of them scrutinised why.

So all very technical today. People who have registered to talk and voice their objections (like me) will talk on Thursday afternoon.

But I did leave today thinking - we have no chance. Let's hope tomorrow is a better day.

Hope this is of some help to you.

Snippets from "Fareham - Countryside or More Housing? - The Big Debate" Facebook page

Chris Arnold

The Council’s arguments seemed a mess, a bit wishy washy, vague. I felt Persimmons QC really had the chap from Fareham on the ropes. I’m hoping today will find out what the developer’s arguments are, go away and tomorrow come out all guns blazing; hmm why don’t I believe that? I expected FBC to do a lot better. There was a lot of technical stuff. I think FBC agreed they were not meeting their housing numbers but then were saying they’re delayed on Welborne but delay was temporary. I wasn’t impressed with the Council and several murmurs and gasps from the public. I know you and Chris Nixon would have been annoyed with the Council. Ps if this application gets through its not Persimmon we should blame. I would lay the blame at the Council’s door

Jason Mudge

Is it true FBC presented a portfolio/ folder that wasn't even indexed and that got short shrift from the inspector?

Chris Arnold

Indexed ha! If it was, Donald Duck indexed it. A lot of time was wasted flicking and scrabbling through various appendices and folders, it was farce. Based upon today I would say the developers had the better arguments, were better at highlighting Council failures e.g. the Navigator, they highlighted land at Lockswood centre and I would have expected the Council to have been a darn sight better organised and planned. I hope tomorrow goes better, it could go either way - the teacher from school did a good deputation

It seemed that the Council’s relying on Welborne and they downplayed the delay. Should have an impact on delivery. From what I heard they believed any delay was temporary and the Welborne CPO showed the Council’s commitment to Welborne. Causes for concern Persimmon’s legal team know their stuff and at times I felt they had the Council on the back foot. See what tomorrow brings.




Cranleigh Road Public Inquiry on Tuesday April 25"

I contacted Cllr's Bell and Walker regarding the letter that came through our doors recently. They had hoped to hear from residents who would be willing to attend and possibly speak at the inquiry. I was informed that although 300 letters had been delivered I was the only person to respond. This is a great concern to all of us who care about preventing infill developments on our precious green spaces. FBC are investing in this appeal by appointing a specialist planning QC and the local Councilors will be stating how opposed residents are to this development but that will look like an empty gesture if there isn't a resident's presence!

Please don't assume someone else will speak on your behalf, as clearly this isn't happening, no residents have come forward to attend or speak. This really is our last chance to make our voices heard and protect this space for the future. Cllr Walker has an inquiry-planning meeting on Wednesday April 19"‘. He desperately needs to hear from residents willing to speak and would like to arrange a pre meeting with those volunteers so that the messages have the greatest impact. Please take the initiative and contact Cllrs Bell or Walker on 02392 384943 immediately and offer your services, even if you do not feel able to speak up you can attend and at least demonstrate your support

Thank you

Text supplied by Margaret Tolley


Get ready for the appeal


Cranleigh Road Appeal - Fareham Borough Council v Persimmon Homes

Persimmon Homes' appeal against the Council's decision to refuse its planning application will be heard by a Government Planning Inspector at a Public Inquiry on 25th April 2017, commencing at 10:00 am at the Council's offices. The appeal is likely to last for four days and residents can attend.

All comments previously made about the planning application have been sent to the Planning Inspector for consideration. If you have something else to say, that hasn't already been said, or if you haven't yet made any comments but would like to, the Inspector will normally allow you to speak.

If you want to speak at the Public Inquiry it is important that you are there when it opens on the first day (25th April) at 10:00am.

It is on the first day that the Inspector will ask if any interested people want to speak, register their names and tell everyone about the timetable and the order the proceedings will take.

Cranleigh Road, Portchester planning application

The application
FBC Icon The amended outline planning application from Persimmon Homes South Coast sought to develop the land north of Cranleigh Road and west of Wicor Primary School

Key documents
FBC Icon Fareham Borough Council Officers Final,Report to the Planning Committee - Recommendation - Refusal

FBC Icon Link to the original planning application 17 March 2015. The application was completed on 24 March 2016

FBC Icon Appeal Page

Key issue - Five year land supply
FBC Icon Persimmon Homes South Coast thoughts on this important issue

FBC Icon Statement of Common Ground - 5 year Land Supply


Cranleigh Road appeal dates


The appeal dates for this development have been set for the 25th April to the 28th April. The proceedings will be held at the Council Offices starting at 10:00.

Both sides will be using Queen's Councillors so yet again the only real winner out of this will be the legal profession and the inevitable loser will be us, the ratepayers, whichever side wins.


Pre-inquiry statements



After Cranleigh could this be the next part of Portchester to go?

Persimmon Homes have filed their statements to support their appeal against the refusal to grant permission for this estate. Among their reasons for appeal are the following statements:

We can only hope that FBC have kept their powder dry and that they can counter these arguments, otherwise the Welborne big gun that we have been promised will save the day, will prove only to be capable of firing blanks.

Links to the relevant submissions

Woolf Bond Planning LLP for Persimmon Homes, Five Year Housing Land Supply Position Statement - Statement of Case

BJC Icon BJC on behalf of Persimmon Homes - Statement of Case

FBC Icon Fareham Borough Council - Statement of Case

Allen Pyke Associates - Landscape statement of Case


CATS meeting on 17-10-2016


CATS attendees

Videos are on the videos page

The meeting was very well attended with over 220 people showing interest in what was happening.

It started with a presentation given by Kim Hayler of FBCs Planning Department, Basically it explained what has happened at this particular site in the site and how the appeal made by Persimmon Homes will be handled, time scales how to make representation.

The public were then invited to ask questions to which the chairwoman Cllr. Susan Bell, Kim Hayler and another member of the Planning Team attempted to supply answers. One thing that came out of one of the questions - GPs must make their own representation - is that if we want local services - Education, GPs, even the CCG then they MUST MAKE THEIR OWN REPRESENTATION to the inspector if they want any weight to accorded their views. The inspector will NOT approach them.

In some parts the sound recording is awful, unfortunately one of the microphones that they were using seemed to be playing up, after a little bit of massaging the quality is much better than I had expected except in the Unknown question but the answer was good video. Unfortunatley I couldn't do anything with that.

We have until the 29th of October to submit comments

By snail mail quoting ref. APP/A1720/W/16/3156344 to:
The Planning Inspectorate
Temple Quay Houses
2 The Square
BS11 6PN

or online at quoting reference 3156344.
So if you wish to make your point you need to start now.

The News icon Link to The News article


Update on Cranleigh Road.


Still waiting to hear the grounds of the appeal, which is important to know and who the inspector is. Once the inspector is appointed, he or she, will announce a timetable of proceedings.

The timetable will allow members of the public to express their thoughts. Residents should be aware if they have already submitted representations to the council when the planning application was considered by Council officers/ members of planning committee, then those representations will be considered by the inspector and form part of the appeal process.

Once we know the grounds of the appeal residents may wish to revisit their comments and update them. The actual appeal hearings could be some months away.

FBC icon Planning application
bjc icon Developers web site

Looks like Welborne will come more and more into play unless our council extracts their digit the promise about it supplying so many of our future housing needs will prove completely undeliverable.

Quote from BJC's website.

  1. The Adopted Fareham Borough Core Strategy sets out a housing target of 3,729 dwellings to be delivered in the borough between 2006 – 2026 (excluding the Strategic Development Area at Welborne)
  2. Policy CS13 within the Core Strategy states that provision will be made for 6,500 – 7,500 over the plan period, with a housing trajectory predicting that only 5,350 dwellings will be completed by 2026
  3. The Welborne Development’s time scale has been extended by 10 years and according to the recent Welborne Plan (July 2014) the development will now only provide 6,000 houses by 2036
  4. There is also a shortfall in the number of affordable houses being delivered in the borough


What will it take to end 30 years of wrangling?


The News icon Link to The News article

"With applications and their subsequent appeals for this site going back three decades, it is hardly surprising that people living around the Cranleigh Road area in Portchester describe the ongoing situation there as a ‘never-ending war.’"



It all starts again

I said that I would resurrect this page if and when Persimmon raised their appeal. Well it seems that time has now come, apparently the appeal was raised yesterday.

During the last Executive Committee meeting the Mayor said that "We live in exciting times". Trouble is this is the kind of excitement that we could do without.

It will be very interesting to see how hard our Council are prepared to defend their case. If you need to refresh your memory on what went on the original planning meeting the videos are here


Special Planning Committee


A special Planning Committee meeting has been arranged for Thursday 24th March starting at 10:00 with just one item on the agenda.


greenery tunnelStatement (ES) and the applicant reducing the number of units proposed to 120:

Four hundred and ninety two objections were received...

Just a couple of quotes from the report...

Page 8 - Hampshire County Council (Lead Flood Authority) - Hampshire County Council as Lead Local Flood Authority have viewed the application and consider the proposal for surface water drainage meets the current standards/best practice in relation to surface water drainage. Where the proposals are connecting to an existing drainage system it is likely that the authorities responsible for maintaining those systems will have their own design requirements that will need to be reviewed and agreed as part of any Planning Considerations - Key Issues surface water drainage scheme.

Page 7 - Southern Water Services - There is an objection against the proposed surface water drainage strategy. Southern Water will not accept the connection of SUDS facilities such as basins, ponds, swales to public sewers or to sewers offered for adoption as public. Should the application receive planning permission a condition should be imposed securing approval of the foul and surface water sewerage disposal before development commences


Applications for residential development of the site were refused in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1996 and 2004. Appeals following refusals in 1986, 1996 and 2004 were dismissed. The most recent application, (P/04/1907/OA) was refused on 23 December 2004 for the development of more than 30 dwellings per hectare, including 50% affordable provision, together with a new square incorporating community uses and public open space provision, associated landscaping and roads. An appeal was lodged and subsequently dismissed on 8 May 2006. The application site was the same as the current proposal. The appeal was dismissed on the grounds that the principle of residential development on the site was contrary to Local Plan Policies, the loss of space which contributed to the local gap was unacceptable as was the loss of Grade 1 and 2 of agricultural land. Since the previous appeal the 'local gap' and 'coastal zone' designations have been removed, however the site continues to lie outside of the defined urban settlement boundary and is still classified Grade 1 and 2 agricultural land.


Response to the CONSULTATION on Cranleigh Road


Just noticed this one as a FBC Icon really good objection to this development. pdf iconPDF 11MB 21 pages. Wonder if FBC will ignore this as well? Apparently residents who should have received notification of this proposed for a second time still haven't had them. It really does stsrt to make you wonder.


Ecological survey


Here is the revised Ecological Survey pdf iconPDF 1.71 MB that was required by FBC prior to going any further with the planning application.

There are two reasons why one needs to think carefully about any development on the fields of Cranleigh Road.


1. a - Any development on those fields would effectively extend the urban fringe into an area that is not designated for development by the local Plan Part 2 - Development Sites & Policies Plan:
b - If development was allowed on those two fields a domino effect would roll across all the other neighbouring fields, one would not be able to stop it. See photo.

2. Any development on the fields of Cranleigh Road breaks a solemn promise. Build Welborne and there will be no development outside of the Welborne boundaries until 2036


Latest plans


site plan

This appears to be the latest plan available on FBC' website but I believe it applies to the unmodified application.

As the environmental statement has now been completed and submitted the application has just been re-presented. The developers have dropped the number of dwellings to 120.

FBC Icon The planning application can be viewed here but I cannot find the environmental report that this application was dependent on. If anybody finds it let me know and I shall add a link here.

The News iconThe latest News article can be found here.