Newgate Lane and the Strategic Gap

Fareham is consulting on a new Local Plan.  How could it impact on YOU…...your Children…...... and your Grandchildren………

Fareham’s new plan intends to build nearly 500 new homes beside the ‘new’ Newgate Lane relief road.  Then in the longer-term Fareham intends to fill the whole area between the new Stubbington By-Pass (its construction has started) and the present limits of the existing housing in Stubbington.

If you live in Lee-on-the-Solent or any area of Gosport and use Newgate Lane and Lower Quay (the A32) or any other route to reach the A27 or M27 read on….

How will it affect you ….and the strategic gap

  • If your work is out of the peninsula or you commute in or out of the area

  • If you are retired and perhaps don’t travel far, but rely on local services

 

The effect…. to both of these age groups is that your “Quality of Life” will be degraded by Fareham Council’s plans and probably sooner than you think….

The strategic gap as it is today

The Stubbington By-Pass

Road users will recognise traffic controls are already in place near the Titchfield Gyratory.  Most of the major works are across the fields between HMS Collingwood and Stubbington although disruptions and traffic controls will be in place where road widening, realignment and new roundabouts are to be introduced where the new bypass connects with the existing roads. 

 

The contractors are required to minimise the disruptions outside the peak periods; in the mornings until 9:30am and in the afternoons from 3:30pm until 7.00pm, but do expect more controls outside these periods and sometimes overnight.

Further details and updates and updates on the works can be found on the HCC website at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/stubbingtonbypass or google search on “HCC Stubbington bypass” should get you to the same website.

 Smart Motorways

The upgrading of the M27 continues from Junction 12 (Portsmouth) to its junction with the M3, this work is to make it a “smart motorway.”  Restrictions, closure and accidents can cause long delays if you don’t have live traffic on your satnavs look at the Highways England information, on line at…

https://highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/m27-junctions-4-to-11-smart-motorway/.

What the likely impact?

The population and urban density will increase significantly and all these new residents will be using the only access available, i.e. the existing roads.      The much delayed Stubbington By-Pass is being built to relieve the existing traffic congestion, it is not there as an access road for new housing developments.

For you and your descendants the degradation in the “Quality of Life” is the issue – consider things like…

  • Will I have to start my commute even earlier to get to work on time? (there is no other option for these residents to travel except by car)

  • How early can you drop off the children at school and to which school?  (at the moment none of these plans include extra schools) 

  • Can I go anywhere without going through a severely polluted traffic bottleneck? Already the A32 at Lower Quay is a serious Air Quality health risk.

  • How long for a Doctor’s appointment or how long will it take to get to an A&E hospital? (every person has to travel on the A27/M27 to get to a A&E emergency/major District Hospital)

 

It’s not just the impact on you . . . what will be the effect on the area you live in . . .

  • Fareham will effectively close the strategic gap that separates Fareham, Lee and Stubbington.

And the reason… the original planned housing expansion…

  • The new Garden Village of “Welborn” north of the M27 and the services to support this plan is not proceeding as planned.  Instead Fareham BC intends shoehorning housing in between the settlement gaps, further stretching the currently oversubscribed services, increasing the traffic on the existing roads and adding immensely to the congestion and dangerously high pollution levels at Lower Quay and along the local roads.

 

What can you do to mitigate the impact of these proposals?

While the initial opportunity to object to the proposals in first consultation over Fareham’s “Local Plan 2039” has passed (Your MP, Gosport BC, the Gosport Society and the LRA all raised objections) There is quite likely to be a second consultation before the draft plan is submitted for approval by the UK Planning Inspectorate. Even if Fareham chooses not to hold another consultation on the proposal there will still be an opportunity to write or make a deputation to the Planning Inspectorates’ Officer, before his adjudication, deliberation and approval of the proposals.  The LRA is monitoring the progress of the Fareham Local Plan 2039 and will advise on this website, in its newsletter “Review” and through local notices, so that residents are advised and if concerned may make appropriate objections.

While the closing date for the initial consultation was 1 March 2020. You can still find details about the plans from the various boxes on this webpage:

https://www.fareham.gov.uk/planning/local_plan/localplanconsultation.aspx

Not only does the plan include a major development of housing beside the new Newgate Lane Relief Road (housing proposal HA2) there are also several other separate Fareham BC and property developer applications to fill in all the other green areas (of the strategic gap) either side of the new relief road.  As Fareham’s draft “Local Plan 2039” looks ahead it also seeks approval to fill in all the rest of the Strategic Gap between Fareham, Stubbington and Lee as shown (in orange) in the draft map:

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