New plans to build hotel near A27 roundabout

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PLANS are being developed to build a hotel and restaurant in a field near a major roundabout.

The proposal is to build a 60-bedroom hotel and a 200-cover restaurant at Bosmere Field, close to the Langstone roundabout.

Fasset Ltd, which manages Langstone Technology Park, is in the early stages of drawing up the plans, which are set to be revealed to the public on January 18.

The field is owned by Hampshire County Council and has historic links with Havant, having been used as a flood field for the old town mill.

Community leaders have given a mixed response to the proposals.

Polly Chapman, deputy chairwoman of Langstone Village Association, said: ‘Most people’s greatest concern is if it’s built what would be the traffic implications?

‘The right turn after the roundabout already backs up.

‘The A3023 is the only road to Langstone and Hayling.

‘To compromise it with more right turns would be a horrific prospect.’

Ray Cobbett, co-ordinator for Hampshire Friends of the Earth, said a hotel would be better positioned nearer Havant railway station.

He said: ‘The county council is obviously keen to dispose of any land for financial reasons.

‘I would rather another site was found.

‘There may well be a need for a hotel, but it’s the wrong place.

‘It’s not in the town centre and if you want to develop a night economy – which has been an aspiration for a long time – then you would need a hotel in the town centre.’

Havant Councillor Jackie Branson said: ‘There will be issues and they will be dealt with in the planning process.

‘I have an open mind at the moment.

‘There is probably a demonstrated need for budget rooms.’

Fasset applied to build business units and a nursery on the field in 2007.

But the plans were refused by Havant Borough Council because of concerns over traffic.

Jeremy Heppell, planning consultant for the development, said: ‘Fasset is in discussions with the borough council about applying for a family restaurant and hotel on Bosmere Field.’

Residents’ panel Havant and Bedhampton Community First will be having a presentation on January 18 at 3pm at Bedhampton Social Hall.