Statement

24.03.17

Response to FBC’s invitation for bids to become Welborne delivery partner

Mark Thistlethwayte, Principal of Buckland Development Limited, said:

“We are disappointed that Fareham Borough Council is continuing to pursue its programme to seek a development partner as part of their compulsory purchase of the Welborne site, despite the fact it has now received our comprehensive outline planning application and publicly welcomed this. Importantly, the recent submission of our planning application puts us ahead of FBC’s timescales for delivering Welborne by several months.

“FBC has noted that the application is the biggest they have seen in 31 years, demonstrating the enormous amount of work and commitment from BDL. The lack of an application was sighted by FBC as a reason to start the compulsory purchase order process. We have now provided the application, yet the CPO is still going ahead.”

“BDL has a long-standing involvement in Welborne and we will continue to push ahead with our plans, having committed a huge amount of work and effort in order to demonstrate the delivery of a high-quality, sustainable new community.

“BDL’s OPA covers the whole Welborne development. We are ready to take the development forward and deliver on the vision we have shared in our public consultations.”