Fears over plans to build scores of homes on fields

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CONTROVERSIAL plans are being discussed to build scores of new homes on green space in the heart of Havant.

Developers want to build 79 homes on land to the south of Ranelagh Road.

Local residents have spoken of their concerns about loss of open space, as well as extra congestion being generated by the development.

Ten years ago the area of the town, known as Brockhampton, boasted fields and farmland, but much of this has been lost to housing.

Resident Edna Pritchard, of nearby Knox Road, said: ‘I think it’s getting a bit overcrowded round here.

‘You can’t move for cars.’

Stewart Johnson, chairman of Brockhampton Residents’ Association, was worried as the roads in the area are narrow.

He said: ‘The big concern for us is roads – it’s access to the site.

‘Traffic has to go out of Ranelagh Road to Brockhampton Road or up here – neither of these roads are suitable for the volume of traffic.

‘We have been living on a building site round here for the last four years.’

The site is more than four-and-a-half acres and was once allotments which have been replaced in Bedhampton.

Developer Orchard Homes want to build 64 houses and 15 flats – of which 30 per cent would be affordable.

Mark Sennitt, from the Southampton-based company, said: ‘These are a mix of two and three bedroom houses and one and two bedroom apartments – a mixture of small new homes meeting a clear local need in respect for apartments and smaller family houses.

‘The design of the scheme is bespoke and traditional and typically comprising of pairs of houses and small terraces complementing Ranelagh Road and the local area.’

If plans get the final go-ahead, the development would help meet the council’s target of 6,300 new homes in the area between 2006 and 2026.

Developers will be making a presentation of their plans at a meeting of Havant and Bedhampton Community Network at Bedhampton Social Hall on Wednesday at 2.30pm.

A consultation forum will be held at The Plaza in Havant from 6pm on March 29.