Introduction by Councillor Seán Woodward,
Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council:
Welborne epitomises the Government’s ambitions to get Britain building and help more people realise their dream of owning their own home.
Fareham Borough Council, like the Government, has embarked on an ambitious and transformational homebuilding programme over the next 25 years and Welborne is key to this.
The Council has attentively engaged with local communities, particularly in the progression of the Welborne Plan, ensuring that the real and essential benefits that people expect are hardwired into the new community from the very start. Not only does the proposed new development meet our residents’ long-term housing needs, it will also create a new community with its own unique sense of identity which is designed to the highest possible standards.
The adopted policy and guidance we’re using embodies both Garden Village principles and local aspirations.
Buoyed by its recent success at the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus, the Council is also confident that fantastic employment opportunities can be realised at Welborne, leading to the creation of around 6,000 new jobs. Improved motorway access with better bus routes and services will be an important factor and we are grateful, both to the Department for Transport and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, who have safeguarded funding for vital infrastructure.
In fact, since February 2016 the Council has worked towards securing the comprehensive development of Welborne via a hard-hitting Delivery Strategy.
This included taking appropriate actions towards achieving comprehensive voluntary land assembly to allow the project to proceed. I am delighted that our strategy has proved successful and, in September 2017, Buckland Development Ltd (BDL) became the major landowner for the proposed site and now owns more than 90% of the land required. The Company has further confirmed to the Council its desire to act as both landowner and developer in delivering Welborne Garden Village. This is great news for Fareham as it means we can now move on.
The Council looks forward to working closely with Buckland Development to deliver our shared vision of a Garden Village of which the Borough of Fareham can be justly proud.
Fareham Borough Council wholeheartedly supports Welborne Garden Village- a new self-sustaining, great and beautiful place for our local community which delivers on our aspirations for good quality homes for local people.
The Council looks forward to working with the Government and the key interested parties to get Britain building and create a new Garden Village at Welborne.