Author Archives: Peter Wheal

Draft NP to assessors.

Today the DRAFT Neighbourhood Plan  is at assessors for a ‘Health Check’. This is being done by an organisation that exists to help groups such as the Forum – so they are on our side.

All the minutes and reports that various groups have produced are included as appendices and all web-site contributions can be referenced. All the events, open days, meetings and initiatives that the Forum has engaged in are referred to and will improve the chances of the document being well received. Hopefully, the health-check will confirm that we are on the right path but, if not, they will instruct us so that we can make adjustments.

This does not mean that we are at the end of the road – more like we are at the start of the next stage which will be the Public Consultation Process.

Now is a good time to mention the fact that the preparation of the plan has only been possible because of masses of work done by many people – too many to name individually.

It really has been a team effort so thanks to everyone who contributed.


19 February 2018

Buses in South St

I wonder if you have discussed the problems of buses travelling down South St and potential solutions?

I often have problems travelling into the village from Coach Hill when meeting an oncoming bus.  You can’t see a bus from that direction when you enter the narrow street. Driving past the bus is then hazardous and difficult since there is no room to pass due to parked cars and the bollards. It’s also hard to reverse out when cars are following you.

A simple solution would be to remove the bollards to reduce the risk of vehicle damage or install lights to control the flow of traffic along this section of road. This road was much better years ago before the width restrictions and installation of the stupid bollards.

Steve Cussons

Do you have a short story in you?

A group from the village is going to publish a book with a difference, and is seeking 15-29       authors to each write a chapter.  Each chapter (between 3000 and 6000 words) will be a complete fictional short story, set in a period of the author’s choice between the Dark Ages and the 1950s. For example, it could be early 15th century or 680 (when the church was built) or WWII or any other period.  It can be a love story, a mystery (like the Cadfael books) or any other topic but the history of that period must be correct.  All proceeds from the book will be given to charity – yet to be decided.

Apply by post by 7th February on one A4 sheet to John Hiett, Kames Cottage, 9-11 High Street, Titchfield PO14 4AE,  stating:

Your name, address, telephone number and email address

  • The period you have chosen.
  • A brief resume of the story.
  • A paragraph about yourself, to show why you should be chosen.

Publication date is before the end of 2018.

If you are selected you will be sent further details about the schedule and a style guide.

Report on Open Meeting – Sunday 7th Jan – 2018

The Open Meeting was well attended despite the cold weather. Colin Wilton -Smith made a brief presentation explaining the Forum’s housing proposals and Forum members were on hand to answer questions. There was also a visual display setting out the proposals  plus a running slide presentation. All attendees were invited to vote on the proposals.

The presentation is here and a voting form is here so if you were unable to attend the meeting you still have the opportunity to vote on the proposals.  Voting will close at midnight on Jan 14th,  2018

If you have any queries please get in touch



ANPR Cameras

What follows is an extract from a letter sent to all FBC Councillors regarding the deployment of Automatic Number Plate recognition cameras in the Borough

The ANPR cameras have been deployed in 27 locations across Fareham as part of a study required in relation to the air quality exceedance that has been identified by DEFRA/DfT as part of the Government’s commitment National Air Quality Plan to address nitrogen dioxide exceedences along the A27 and A32 in the vicinity of Fareham Town Centre. The survey is being funded by DEFRA and the cameras will be in situ for 1 week.  The camera locations allow monitoring of all vehicle types entering the area of exceedence and a plan of the locations is attached for your reference.

The ANPR cameras have been commissioned jointly by Fareham Borough Council and Hampshire County Council and have all the required permissions from Hampshire Highways in place.

The data from the cameras will be used to inform the evidence base for the air quality plan that will need to be developed for the A27/A32 adjacent to Fareham town centre.

Housing Needs, Fareham Borough Council and the Titchfield Neighbourhood Plan – An update from the Forum.


The FBC Draft Local Plan is about to be made public. The plan sets out how the Council plans to tackle the growing need for new homes in the Borough over the next 20 years. The press release announcing the release is worth reading and is here. People will be able to have their say on the proposals in writing and at a series of Community Action Team (CAT) meetings and exhibitions.

 The Titchfield exhibition is on 13th November between 2pm and 6pm and the CAT meeting is between 7pm and 8.30p, both in St Peter’s Church.

How does the FBC Local Plan affect the Titchfield Neighbourhood Plan?

Importantly, FBC has not identified any sites for development within the NP Plan area.

However, this does not mean that developers will go away – they will continue to look for suitable sites on which to build. Nor does it mean that there will be no new houses built in Titchfield in the coming years.  Some dwellings could be built on sites as yet unidentified (windfall sites).  The Forum’s own survey showed that the preference is for affordable (to rent or to buy) 2/3 bedroom dwellings. And the Forum sub-group looking into housing has identified some sites where dwellings might go. The important point is that the Neighbourhood Plan, which has statutory status, will contain policies that will ensure that any houses built in the NP area over the next twenty years will be in accordance with the residents wishes – not the wishes of developers.

Recent government papers show that local neighbourhood plans are carrying increasing weight. Currently there are 2,200 groups like ourselves working on them. The Borough and the Forum are working together to avoid any serious difficulties. Already other places in the Borough are thinking of working on neighbourhood plans. We are lucky that ours is running alongside the FBC Local Plan.

Throughout the last year and a half, members of the Forum have met regularly with FBC planning officers to discuss housing and related issues.  On Oct 10th we met with FBC lead planning officers and a representative of AECOM.  We were updated on the most recent statements coming from the government and we can now look at the effects of the latest government initiative on the number of houses required, both nationwide and in this area.

On 15th November the Forum will meet with FBC again to go through elements of the Local Plan evidence base, including the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and Settlement Boundary Review as well as the screening process for Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Titchfield Neighbourhood Plan.

It is worth noting that the process being followed by FBC and by the Forum is exactly the same i.e. do the research, draft a proposal, consult, re-draft the proposal, publish.





Latest news from Village in Bloom

After recovering from the wonderful news about our South /South East England award we headed off to the Borough awards at Ferneham Hall.
Congratulations to the Borough as the Hall looked amazing decorated with hanging baskets, floral displays and wonderful tables . We were delighted to receive a Borough award for Community Gardening from the Mayor and Leader of the Council .  Both awards will go on display when we have consulted on the best place for the Village.
Work has started already for next year . We are having a pumpkin carving or decorating competition . You can bring pumpkins to the Village Green on Saturday 28th October between 12 to 4 and prizes will be awarded at 4.
On Sunday 29th October we will be bulb planting from 10.30 until 12.00. Come and join us on the Village Green .
Very exciting news about the Wild Flower meadow to be planted in the churchyard. Come and hear about it and help out on October 26th 11 until 1.00. Tim Mason is leading this and Village in Bloom will be supporting this as much as possible
Why not plant your pots with bulbs and put them outside to keep the village looking superb all year