The development proposal

Our Aspiration

Our aim is to contribute to place-making at Funtley. This aspiration is broad and includes the natural environment, social opportunities as well as development.

The principle of development on this site has already been accepted, planning permission having been granted by Fareham Borough Council for 55 homes on this land. However, the site offers the potential for a better presented scheme of up to 125 homes, whilst preserving the community park which is still central to the proposals.  This would allow for a more efficient use of the land and, by contributing to the council’s required housing target of a minimum of 520 new homes per year, protect other sites less suitable for development in Fareham.

The scheme takes its lead from villages in the surrounding Meon Valley, where development fronts roads and rivers/streams. The proposed scheme is then broken into several character areas, to reflect the varying features on the site.  Two large linear parks have been designed to physically and visually link the development from Funtley Road to the rising land to the south.

The Development Explained

1. Plan of typical farm cluster

The farmyard clusters are prestigious low-density houses marking the transition to the open space to the south and the new neighbourhood to the north.

2. Part of Funtley Road (borrowing from East Meon) 


To integrate the new development into its wider surroundings, design cues have been taken from traditional villages in the Meon Valley, such as East Meon. There is a major opportunity at Funtley Road to create a village street scene as at East Meon - water, pedestrian routes, the calming of the main road and the relationship of the houses will create an attractive and interesting street scene. 

3. The Village Green, Shop and Community Hall


The village green marks a central point between existing and proposed development. Grouped around an important existing tree the village shop and community centre will be visible from Funtley Road. Together with its car park it will be a valuable asset for the whole community. 

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4. Flinty Corner


Local materials will be prevalent in this important Y-shaped junction enclosing a small green, surrounded by relatively higher density houses. The junction marks an important focal point in the centre of the internal road system. Views in and out are signed by significant buildings.

Proposal Summary

Key highlights of the plans

•    The layout presents a scheme of up to 125 homes, 40% of which are proposed to be affordable, and six self-build plots are also being provided
•    Homes will draw on the distinctive character of Funtley and take reference from local Meon Valley architectural and building elements
•    The previous schemes have already forward funded a new footpath/cycleway and M27 bridge improvements, linking Funtley with north Fareham
•    A new community park will provide a substantial increase in public open space for the residents of Funtley, as well as those living in Fareham North where it has been identified that there is a deficit of open space 
•    The project will offer community infrastructure including: a new village hall and local shop serving the proposed development and Funtley Village.  A series of new footpaths linking North Fareham to the Meon Valley will be introduced
•    A new landscape of woodland, wetlands and meadows will be created to connect existing ancient woodlands, providing an attractive leisure and biodiversity resource and also contain the proposed development. This will contribute to water attenuation, flood resilience, as well as reducing carbon dioxide
•    The proposals are designed to fit well into the local landscape and much time and effort has gone into ensuring the layout of the proposed dwellings is as sensitive to the local environment as possible
•    In addition to the specific community provisions proposed by the scheme, Fareham operates CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy), which are financial contributions from sites towards community facilities.  Based on 125 new homes, this will generate circa £2,000,000.
•    Biodiversity will be substantially enriched
•    Attenuation basins will protect against flooding
•    Reside will provide contributions for each new home towards the cost of new bicycles for the new residents, and supply vouchers towards other sustainable modes of transport to encourage sustainable travel from the outset