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STOP PRESS! – Last Consultation Meeting,

Last Consultation Meeting, 4th September 7 – 9 pm in the Studio at Titchfield Festival Theatre.

It will be a chance for everyone to ‘Have their say’.

Having said that, the questions and comments should only be regarding the NP. It cannot be about the process as we have no control over that. Also, only those who live within the NP area may ask questions.

This is the final consultation meeting so I hope it will be useful and also enjoyable.

We have already had comments/suggestions from many people, including FBC. However, we have consulted with groups such as Historic England, the Environment Agency, Natural England and both churches. All responses are due by the end of the public consultation period which is 10th September. After that we make the appropriate changes and then submit the Plan to FBC who will send it to the external examiner. Whilst the examiner is considering the Plan, FBC will be planning for the referendum which we hope will take place early December.

Ann Wheal – Chair.

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.





Open Day – July 2017

We were delighted with the response of the village residents to our open day. Thank you to everyone who came along and who gave their opinions on some of the things we are doing. We believe about 400 people attended.

The responses are currently being typed up and will be published on the website soon.

We are also waiting for the remaining questionnaires to come in. The results and comments, will be published on the website.

If you were not able to come to the Open Meeting, the following information was shared:

  • The Forum, voted unanimously to object to the Posbrook site development – see our objection.
  • We are preparing our Neighbourhood Plan to coincide with the Fareham Local Plan which they hope will reach the Executive Committee of the Council in September.
  • The Forum realises that over the next 20 years there may need to be some housing in Titchfield, especially for young families and young people. However, we wish to use the statutory nature of the plan to influence what type and where this housing should be.
  • Our policy to favour brownfield sites and smaller developments can be viewed in our policy objectives.
  • We also have to include in our Plan any projects the residents are keen to see included. Although these are not statutory, we must seek alternative funding to help projects voted for in the plan. Some of the projects were on show on Sunday and we are grateful to all those who responded with their comments.


Meeting July 2017


Great turnout at your Sunday meeting …well done excellent event. Had some interesting conversations….not all of them relevant to what a neighbourhood scheme is set up to do but  ‘ twas ever thus’!
The Village Trust will, along with yourselves , fight the Posbrook Lane housing proposals, we, as you have already stated, think that building on any greenfield site within the village boundary is not acceptable.
We will, however, continue to use the fact that the school IS likely to be over subscribed as a result of 150 houses being built. We feel that anyone who can’t see this as a result of some 150 families moving into the school catchment area is being somewhat blind to reality.
There are also alternatives to building scout huts to blackmail the community which could result in everyone benefiting!

Nick Girdler, Chairman, Titchfield Village Trust

Public Meeting – July 2nd

On 2nd July between 2pm and 4pm in the Parish rooms we will be holding a public meeting to discuss housing and other points of interest. We hope as many residents as possible will come along to both listen and also to give us their views on the plans.

Forum members will also be available to answer your questions. Please do attend if you possibly can. The result of this consultation will be published on the website.

If you would like to know more about the work of the Forum or would like to become a member please send an e mail to


Blue Plaques for Titchfield


One of the objectives of the Forum is to recognise and promote the heritage and history of Titchfield

Members of the Titchfield History Society have started an exciting project to look at our historic houses and other buildings of note within the locality. As a part of this project we have identified and researched a number of important people who lived in the village in the past and events that took place that could be marked with a blue plaque on the site. We are now keen that residents come forward with ideas and suggestions and we will be holding an exhibition of our findings in September. In the meantime we will continue consulting with Fareham Borough Council and the owners of identified properties to seek support for the project.

If you have information that is not already published please contact the History Society at:-