Islanders steps up the fight against 600 new homes

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RESIDENTS are hoping to stop large-scale development on Hayling Island.

A public meeting has been organised tomorrow to fight housing targets which would see almost 600 new homes built on the island over the next 15 years.

Residents say the island’s busy roads – especially the Hayling Bridge and Havant Road – will not be able to cope.

It comes as Havant Borough Council has this month formally adopted housing targets after they were approved by the government.

Hayling Island is set to get 597 homes out of 6,300 across the borough – with Emsworth getting 752, Havant 1,825, Leigh Park 1,021 and Waterlooville 1,901.

More than 430 people have signed up to a Facebook group calling for an end to large-scale housing plans.

Paul Fisher, chairman of Hayling Island Residents’ Association, said even though the target is 600, it could mean around 1,000 homes are built due to infilling.

Mr Fisher said: ‘We just feel the island cannot take any more housing.

‘We accept there will be some extra housing. It’s the fact it will be uncontrolled.’

But Andrew Biltcliffe, acting planning policy and urban design manager, said: ‘The Core Strategy gives potential overall numbers of homes for the five areas of the borough, the lowest number being in Hayling Island as the council recognises that the development opportunities on the island are more limited than the other four areas.

‘Nevertheless, new homes will be needed on Hayling Island to meet the needs of the local area.’

The meeting is at Hayling Island Community Centre at 7.30pm.