THOUSANDS of new homes and a new junction on the A27 are planned as a council has revealed a major new plan.
Havant Borough Council has today unveiled proposals for the development of the area over the next 30 years.
The current local plan accounts for 6,300 homes to be built by 2026 and many of these are already being built, including 3,000 homes on land to the west of Waterlooville.
But council officials have now looked at the figures and say an extra 5,000 homes are needed.
The total housing requirement to 2036 is 11,250 homes.
Major development sites earmarked for housing include the remaining farmland between Havant and Emsworth and land at Campdown, east of College Road, at Crookhorn.
A new junction off the A27 is planned near Emsworth, close to the existing service station and motel.
This would service the huge new estate to the north that is currently farmland.
Councillor David Guest, who heads planning for Havant borough, said: ‘Government has told us that we need to provide more homes in the area and this is something I welcome because it means that our children and grandchildren have a better chance of getting on the housing ladder.
‘By looking at the area as a whole it enables us to secure big-ticket infrastructure items like a new junction on the A27.
‘This new junction will really help to ease congestion in Havant and I think it will make the area more desirable for businesses to move to.
‘We’re really determined to make sure that this plan has local interests at its heart and we will be talking to residents about the proposed new homes and where they are planned to go.’
A public consultation is due to be launched on July 25 and will run until September 9.
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