Promised new M27 motorway junction for Welborne development is years away and may never happen

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M27 junction 10 at Welborne funding

Plans for a new motorway junction for the new Welborne development near Fareham have stalled.

The proposed new junction 10 upgrade doesn’t have the required funding and is on hold.

The upgrade was to have provided a new motorway underpass to the west of the existing M27 Junction 10, three new slip roads and construct a new dual carriageway linking the new slip roads to the existing road network.

But earlier this year, Hampshire County Council, as the delivery body for Junction 10, said it would not have enough funding to proceed with the project and needed more help from stakeholders.

During a Hampshire County Council cabinet meeting in December 2023, Tim Lawton, assistant director of highways and transport, told members that Government funding was unlikely. He said it was unlikely the Department of Transport and National Highways would provide further funding for the project as it would provide “very little benefit to the strategic road network.”

A report said that the county council would write to bodies, including Homes England, Welborne Land Limited, Fareham Borough Council, the Department for Levelling Up Homes and Communities (DLUHC), National Highways, and the Department for Transport (DfT), saying extra funding was needed by the county council to continue as a delivery body into the building phase.

This week, a council spokesperson said: “Further discussions with relevant parties are still ongoing to determine whether the M27 Junction 10 project can proceed into construction.”

However, building of the first phase of the development is still going ahead.

Welborne Garden Village is a 6,000-home scheme that has been in the pipeline for more than two decades and has been made possible through Fareham Borough Council working with Buckland, the master developer.

The firm is then partnering with three regional housebuilders to create the town over the next 25 years. The three housebuilders, CG Fry and Son, Thakeham, and Pye Homes, have started building the first 474 homes approved by Fareham Borough Council’s planning committee in March, with 203 in the pipeline.

In total, there is outline permission for 6,000 houses for an estimated 15,000 people, a district centre, supporting neighbourhood centres, a new secondary school and three new primary schools with green sustainable credentials such as an electricity supplying substation. Developers then submit detailed plans for each element before work can start on site.

Almost half of Welborne will incorporate green space from gardens, woodland, allotments, community orchards, open spaces and formal parks. Trees that will line the roads are being planted before the houses are being built.

Buckland said a total of 700 homes are expected to be approved for building by the end of this year.

It said: “Planning for 71 village centre homes has already been submitted. The consultation is progressing and should be approved in the next few months with building likely to start this autumn/winter.

“Applications for around a further 152 homes will be submitted in the near future.”

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