Committee gives plans for 28 new Portsmouth homes thumbs-up

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THE first phase of new housing in Tipner has been approved.

A total of 23 new homes will be built on land next to Tipner Lane and Range Green, Portsmouth,

Another five properties will go next to the former greyhound stadium and Target Road. Each of the houses will have parking spaces.

Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee said the proposals were part of long-term plans to regenerate the area. It’s hoped 1,500 new homes and jobs will be created in the long run.

But some people aren’t keen about the plans. Bob Reed, who has been a member of Portsmouth Harbour Cruising Club, in Tipner Lane, for 30 years, said: ‘I don’t think this is a very well liked idea because it’s been the same down here for so long.

‘It will most definitely create problems with traffic.’

The club’s commodore Bob Pound, said he was worried drivers would start using Tipner Lane as a rat-run if it’s not blocked off.

While the site has been identified for development in previous plans, past uses of the area left it contaminated.

Because of this there are plans to raze the land next to Tipner Lane and Range Green before work begins.

The vision is to ‘revitalise the Tipner area transforming it from an under-used, derelict site to a thriving community creating a new gateway for the city’.

Councillor John Ferrett said: ‘The plans are good. The council has approved plans for hundreds, if not thousands, of new homes for the area so it would have been perverse to have rejected the first lot of homes to be built in that area.

Natural England recommended that work involving heavy machinery shouldn’t take place between October and March so that the bird population isn’t harmed.

The RSPB said it was concerned about the environmental impact.

Cllr David Fuller, chairman of the planning committee, said: ‘Several concerns were raised about the impact of development, however these had been discussed at previous planning stages and agreements reached.

‘Regarding the issue on the bird population we were advised that the correct environmental assessments had been carried out and gave approval.

‘The permission is subject to the completion of a legal agreement and planning conditions.’