Campaign to stop new flats in Gosport

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CONCERNED residents living near a proposed development site have said they are against a plan to build 12 homes.

The Trustees Of The Donnelly Trust want to demolish existing flats, shops and a house in Brockhurst Road, Gosport, to make way for the two-bedroom flats.

Residents living in nearby The Shrubbery have concerns over privacy, parking spaces and access for refuse and emergency services.

And they argue the flats will overlook gardens in the road, invading their privacy.

Martyn Poxton, of The Shrubbery, is leading a campaign to object to the plans.

He said: ‘If six couples buy these flats and each couple have a car each then there would be no parking spaces left for other residents or visitors so they will end up parking in The Shrubbery.

‘It is proposed to open up an access road as you come round into The Shrubbery, just short of the double yellow lines. This will have a major impact on our cul-de-sac, both for cars and, most importantly, for our children’s safety.’

So far nine letters of objection have been sent to Gosport Borough Council.

The flats will have 12 parking spaces, 36 cycle bays and a disabled parking space, which a Hampshire County Council report agrees is sufficient.

But the council’s report has concerns over lack of detail.

It says the plans do not allow them to judge if the flats will endanger or inconvenience road-users.

And it says the trust must show how refuse vehicles can access the road and a nearby warning on a crossing may need to change.

Philip Wallis, of The Shrubbery, is concerned over access to his road from Kingsley Road if the new flats are built as planned.

He said: ‘The turning from Forton Road into Kingsley Road is already very dangerous but especially turning left.

‘You are not only increasing the numbers of those using the turn-off into Kingsley.

‘More importantly, adding more vehicles trying to park on the roadside in Kingsley Road and The Shrubbery will be contributing to the already congested parking.

The trust’s agent, Trevor Ayles, said he did not want to comment while the plans are still being considered.

Mr Ayles added he could not confirm the interests of the trust but said the trustees own the land.