Disappointment over green light for budget hotel for Langstone

CONCERN People packed out a meeting to discuss plans to build the hotel. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (123071-2)
CONCERN People packed out a meeting to discuss plans to build the hotel. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (123071-2)

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RESIDENTS have spoken of their disappointment that a developer was give permission to build on a field next to a busy road.

A fierce campaign was mounted to stop Fasset, the firm which runs Langstone Technology Park, from building an 81 room budget hotel and family restaurant in Bosmere Field, next to the technology park.

But, as reported in The News, the battle was lost on Tuesday when Havant Borough Council’s planning committee ruled it could go ahead.

The decision hinged on a report handed in by Hampshire County Council’s highways department, just a few days before the meeting, which concluded it would be safe for the development to go ahead even though it would generate extra traffic on Langstone Road which is already known to suffer from congestion.

Highways officers had previously objected to the plans.

Mark Effenberg, of the Langstone Village Association, said: ‘We have made our concerns over the traffic problems very clear to everyone involved.

‘In April there was an objection on traffic grounds and in September they have no objection. The traffic has not gone away.’

Others fear there will not be enough car parking spaces and restaurant customers will use side streets.

Polly Chapman, also a village association member, said: ‘It’s going to be disastrous.’

One of the conditions of the planning permission is that Fasset must commission a road safety study which covers the problems of the length of Langstone Road.

Gary Medlow, managing director of Fasset, said: ‘We’re very pleased, as you would expect. At the same time, I understand the disappointment of the residents but I listened to a healthy debate.

‘I would say that the highways report was very thorough and took into account all the variables.’ The restaurant will be run by Cloverleaf and the hotel by Travelodge.