And well there might be serious concerns over Welborne, the new town to be built north of Fareham.
It doesn’t require expensive surveys to be carried out. It doesn’t require the employment of expensive consultants. Anyone with half an ounce of common sense can see what is going to happen, knows what chaos will descend on this area once those new houses are built. One only has to take a look at the Segensworth area, try travelling through it during peak traffic times.
Once complete, the town, to be named Welborne, will have 6,500 homes, roughly the same amount as Petersfield.
So a town the size of Petersfield will be created just over a kilometer from the town of Fareham. The amount of traffic that the new development will generate on the M27 corridor is truly unknown but it can be guessed at. I guarantee that we will see similar log jams on the new, yet to be built, M27 slip roads, similar to those seen at Segensworth.
The traffic levels around Fareham are already high especially with access to the M27 and also on the road down to Gosport and Lee. Welborne will certainly add significantly to that since the local councillors have indicated that future Welborne residents will also be looking to the new jobs being generated at Daedalus.
Fareham Councillor Sean Woodward is being quite disingenuous when he says of opponents to Welborne …..
‘I’d love to know what their alternative is. It’s easy to say do not build anything, anywhere, but councillors are charged with providing new housing and we have 2,000 families on the waiting list which need housing.
Woodward states that the current need is housing for 2000 families is somewhat less than the 6,500 homes proposed for Welborne.
Planning for future demand is all well and good but its the density of the housing being proposed that is the concern.
Woodward certainly knows the chaos to come because, despite all assurances, the infrastructure will not be in place to support the additional load. The roads, the utilities, the available employment, all will be sadly lacking.
This will be an urban disaster.