AS THE major redevelopment of the Haslar hospital site moves forward, concerns have been raised whether the surrounding roads can cope.
Councillors sitting on Gosport Borough Council’s regulatory board agreed to pass a detailed planning application of the Royal Hospital Haslar site.
I am worried about the traffic the 700 houses will generate.Councillor Dennis Wright
But at the meeting, concerns were raised whether the roads leading to the site can handle the increase in traffic the development may cause.
As previously reported in The News, the former naval hospital site is to have about 700 new houses on it including care homes, a health centre, cafes, restaurants and shops.
The main roads leading to the hospital are Haslar Bridge, which is a single carriageway controlled by traffic lights, and a residential road.
Labour councillor Dennis Wright said: ‘I’m worried about the traffic the 700 houses will generate.
‘Something needs to be done at the junctions leading to the site but also the traffic in and out of Gosport.
‘The roads are at a standstill during rush hour.’
Fellow Labour councillor June Cully agreed.
She added: ‘I am happy we are moving forward with the Haslar development having had the application for many years.
‘But I’m also concerned about the traffic impact.
‘We can see how disruptive the closure of Haslar Bridge has been and I think it would be good to ask Hampshire County Council about making changes to the roads leading the site like Clayhall Road.’
But at the meeting, borough solicitor Linda Edwards reminded members of the board that the planning application had already been approved and concerns for roads would have been discussed then – and any changes would be part of the application.
She added that the site would have generated more traffic when it was open as a hospital and that the roads had not changed.