Press Release: 18th October 2010
CPRE launches postcard campaign to save landscape between Wickham and Fareham
The Campaign to Protect Rural England has today launched a new postcard campaign on behalf of South Hampshire's Unheard Voices (SHUV), an alliance of over 35 organisations, with the aim of stopping a proposed large-scale development of 7-8,000 homes north of Fareham. Campaigners are angry that not enough has been done in terms of surveys or publicity to ensure that people understand the implications of a new town and to find out their opinions.
Thousands of postcards will be printed for local residents to sign and post to the Minister for Housing and Local Government; and an online group has been set up to fight the proposals. To join the group, please email SHUVfirstname.lastname@example.org. Postcards can be ordered by telephoning 01962 779185 or by email at email@example.com.
Caroline Dibden of CPRE South Hampshire, who helps to organise SHUV, said:
"We are asking people to send the postcard to Mr Shapps, to convince him that we have a constructive view and there needs to be more consultation of local communities. We also want more organisations and parish councils to join us so that we can speak with 'one voice' on the issue of development in the South Hampshire region."
The proposed Strategic Development Area (SDA) is left-over from the former South East Plan that is now defunct under the new Government. CPRE and other organisations believe that Fareham Borough Council is forging ahead with the planned town without proper consultation of those most affected. The development would in-fill the only piece of open countryside between Wickham and North Fareham, with its southern border at the M27. Transport, access, flooding and infrastructure would be key concerns as well as worries that the character of one of Hampshire's remaining rural market towns will be destroyed.
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Notes to Editors
1. CPRE Hampshire has studied Fareham Borough Council's 2009 questionnaire. It recorded responses from residents such as "the use of a Greenfield site north of Fareham is a disgrace", "it will destroy the Fareham area", "there will be no wildlife or woodlands - you are building on them", "why are local politicians not fighting against this?", "strange questions". This questionnaire was not sent to the inhabitants of Wickham and Knowle, two villages most affected by the proposals.
2. Further information and a map showing the area can be seen on p.16 of http://www.fareham.gov.uk/pdf/planning/corestrategy/northsda.pdf. Copyright is held by Fareham Borough Council and Ordnance Survey. OS press office can assist with permission to print on 023 80 792251.
3. Photos and other illustrations available K. Burney, CPRE media officer (contact details below).
4. CPRE South Hampshire Group focuses on protecting the urban green spaces and countryside in the South Hampshire sub-region, particularly in the light of recent changes to planning legislation.
5. Caroline Dibden of CPRE South Hampshire was a founding member and helps lead the SHUV Campaign (South Hampshire's Unheard Voices). SHUV involves 35 different groups from countryside campaigners to urban civic societies, to parish councils, from right across the South Hampshire region, and in particular from the area around the proposed Fareham SDA. Members include the Fareham Society, Knowle Village Residents, Wickham Society, Wickham Parish Council, Fareham Branch SE Hants Green Party, the Portchester Society and Havant Friends of the Earth.
For all media enquiries, please contact:
Keren Burney, media & communications officer, CPRE Hampshire
Tel: 01730 894123 Mobile: 07876 780065
For information on CPRE, please contact:
Anthony McEwen, Director, CPRE Hampshire
Tel: 01962 779185 Mobile: 07717 296025