PRESSURE is being put on Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt to protect a hospital site from redevelopment.
Portsmouth’s Tory planning boss, Councillor Luke Stubbs, is urging Ms Mordaunt to get the department of health to sign a covenant with the council to prevent large-scale development at the St James’ Hospital site.
It comes in response to Ms Mordaunt’s calls for residents to devise a comprehensive neighbourhood plan that would help map development in the wider Milton area and not just at St James’ Hospital.
Cllr Stubbs said the covenant would not cost anything and would guarantee open space is preserved.
‘A lot of people are upset that part of St James’ may be built on, but this threat could be ended tomorrow if only the government would sign a covenant precluding house building on the land,’ he said.
‘As a government minister, Penny is well placed to get the necessary signature and I am calling on her to do so now.
‘No-one wants to see St James’ developed.’
Meanwhile, Labour group leader John Ferrett criticised the MP for not having proper talks with the council about the situation at St James.
‘She should be working with the council and council leader rather than seek to align herself in opposition,’ he said.
‘It’s clearly a difficult issue.’