A DECISION over whether to earmark a congested area of Portsmouth for hundreds of new homes has been deferred.
The city council’s Tory cabinet decided today that it will put back a decision over whether to advertise the site of St James’ Hospital in Milton to developers until August.
Councillors said they wanted more time to go over the proposals and analyse the potentially detrimental impact on the road network should they give the go ahead.
Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said the issue had become a ‘political hot potato’ as Lib Dem councillors had circulated material saying the Conservatives wanted to steam ahead with the plans.
She said the Lib Dems first looked at St James’ as having potential for homes in 2006.
The decision to defer was made after Milton residents and ward councillors made their case to the cabinet that the new homes would have a serious impact.