Decision day for new housing estate looms

Concerned residents in a previous protest against the Scratchface Lane development in Bedhampton.From left, Sheila Allen, Graham Petrie and Jim Graham

Concerned residents in a previous protest against the Scratchface Lane development in Bedhampton.From left, Sheila Allen, Graham Petrie and Jim Graham

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CAMPAIGNERS are gearing up for a last-ditch attempt to stop a controversial housing development.

Councillors will decide on Monday whether to grant permission for 92 new homes off Scratchface Lane, Bedhampton.

Havant Borough Council planning officers have recommended the development is given the go-ahead – despite receiving more than 400 objections and an 880-signature petition.

If councillors agree to the plans, the homes will run alongside the A3M – one of the busiest motorways in the south.

Leading the campaign to stop the Crayfern Homes development is Jim Graham, chairman of North Hill Residents’ Association.

He said: ‘It is no surprise to me that it has been recommended for approval but it is disappointing. The planners have been tasked with finding room for 6,300 homes in the borough and they’re doing everything they can to do their job.

‘But we would argue that where they’re suggesting is not the right place. There are more suitable sites in the borough that should be considered before this.’

Campaigners say there isn’t the infrastructure in the area to cope with almost 100 new homes and they would be too close to the noisy A3M.

There are fears that the quality of life of existing residents – many of whom are disabled – will diminish.

Bedhampton councillor Jenny Wride will make a representation at the meeting.

She said: ‘I fully appreciate that we need housing and I’m totally in favour of the Waterlooville Major Development Area because there will be significant developers contributions to put infrastructure in place to cope.

‘Here I’m worried there will not be enough school places, there will be major traffic problems, there will be noise and air pollution and it will have a detrimental effect on people’s quality of life.’

The plans include a mixture of flats and houses. Thirty-nine per cent of the homes will be affordable housing.

Two houses in Brooklands Road will be demolished to make an access road to the estate.

The planning meeting will be held at 5pm at the Terrace Bar, Havant College.

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