Labour welcomes Downend decision

Fareham Labour Party’s Portchester Branch has welcomed the decision by Fareham Borough Council to refuse Miller Homes permission to build 350 houses at Downend.

The plans submitted by the developer would have seen the destruction of open fields between Downend Road and Portchester Crematorium.

Portchester Branch Chair Richard Ryan said “We are very pleased that this plan has been refused. Labour campaigned against this plan as we were concerned about the number of houses being proposed and the effect it would have on the infrastructure and traffic congestion in the area. We have fought against this and other plans which are slowly but surely taking away our last pieces of green open space in Portchester. Labour will continue to oppose unnecessary building in and around our village.

This is not the end of the threat as the developer could appeal against the Council’s decision. If this happens the Labour Party will oppose any attempt to overturn the refusal.”