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PLANNING

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Most planning matters fall within the Society’s aims to protect and preserve the quality of the local environment. We work closely with Fareham and Hampshire councils to protect the streetscene and character of Portchester. We are very active in all matters concerning planning applications and attempt to suggest improvements where possible. Where applications are obviously detrimental we challenge and object to them – often with considerable success. Portchester includes two very important conservation areas (Castle Street and Cams Hall) in which we strive to preserve the integrity of the environment. But our preservation work also includes the whole of Portchester from the harbour shoreline to the chalk grasslands of Portsdown Hill.

 Planning issues are dealt with by a subcommittee which ensures that even in the most detailed submissions a spectrum of members’ opinion is properly reflected. The subcommittee work also ensures that a number of members gain knowledge of the legal aspects of the planning process. We wish to be informed of planning issues of concern to residents and we obtain an excellent response. Please use this website if you have any such concerns – whether you are a member or not.

 PLANNING DISCUSSIONS
 
Development at Station Road, Portchester  - Planning permission has been granted for 17 flats for elderly people on the site of Merjen Engineering. This will now be demolished. In spite of objections from residents and local organisations, the plans were accepted by a vote of seven to one in favour.
 
Cranleigh Road, Portchester - An appeal hearing has begun and we will be kept informed.
 
Catholic Church, White Hart Lane, Portchester - The site has now been cleared and the hedges trimmed, so work appears to have started.
 
Winnham Farm - A proposal has been put forward by Miller Homes to build on this site.
 
Aldi Store, Southampton Road - Avonside Construction Management is building a new Aldi Store to be opening later this year. From 19 June 2017 until late November 2017 lanes will be closed on Southampton Road so that there is only one lane of traffic in each direction between the Premier Inn and McDonalds.