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Proposed planning protection for Lee streets

Residents in Lee-on-the-Solent are to be asked if they want streets around St Faith's Church to get protection as part of an 'area of special character'.

Gosport Borough Council is to consult local people on the proposed new area, which would include streets such as Victoria Square, Montserrat Road, Swanage Road, Manor Way and King's Road.

The proposal is that the area would be covered by a supplementary planning document (SPD) which would lay down guidelines on development. The SPD would be used to help judge whether planning applications were appropriate, given the character of the surroundings.

An area of special character does not have as much protection as a conservation area, but its distinctive qualities are officially recognised in the planning system.

The proposal follows a suggestion by Lee-on-the-Solent Residents' Association, which has worked with the council on a draft SPD.

Cllr Stephen Philpott, Chairman of the council's Economic Development Board, said: "We've listened to the residents' association and agree that this area deserves recognition. The way it has grown up has given it a special character which does deserve to be preserved as much as possible.

"We're now asking local people if they feel this kind of protection is right. I hope lots of people will get involved and have their say."

Residents and interested organisations can give their views on the draft Lee West Area of Special Character SPD until Friday 10 May.

To read the document and comment, you can:

  • click here
  • visit exhibitions at Lee-on-the-Solent library or St Faith's parish centre. The library exhibition is open Monday 10am–1pm, Tuesday 10am–5pm, Thursday 10am–7pm, Friday 10am–1pm and Saturday 9.30am–1pm. The parish centre exhibition is open weekdays 9am–9pm and Saturdays 9am–12pm
  • read a printed copy of the draft SPD and pick up a comments form at Gosport Town Hall, the Discovery Centre or any borough library