Green group not happy with business park plans

The new proposed industrial units and hotel at Dunsbury Hill Farm.
The new proposed industrial units and hotel at Dunsbury Hill Farm.
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A GREEN campaigner has warned that a new business park may not be the best thing for Havant.

Ray Cobbett, from Friends of the Earth, said the plans to create jobs by turning Dunsbury Hill Farm, in Warren Park, into a thriving business park may be short-sighted.

The plans have been in the pipeline for decades but have been complicated by the fact that the site is owned by Portsmouth City Council.

An application by the city council, which includes a new access road from Hulbert Road, is set to go before Havant Borough Council in December.

Mr Cobbett said: ‘It’s an old project, aspirational, with several previous false dawns.

‘From an economic standpoint I’m not convinced it would do the business for Havant’s chronic unemployment problem.

‘Havant’s only economic attraction has been its position relative to arterial connections in south-east Hampshire.’

He said he was also concerned over green issues with the site including increased traffic, noise and pollution and is worried about access and the impact on the quality of life for local residents.

He added: ‘The brief talks about sustainable growth without defining it and there are massive data sets missing on carbon footprint, renewables and offsetting.

‘It’s very much a last century concept. The plan should be about adding value to the local economy rather than water features, woodland fingers and other silly distractions designed by consultants to sell the idea.’