Decision on road to improve access to Gosport is put off

Land the proposed Newgate Lane Southwould go through
Land the proposed Newgate Lane Southwould go through

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A DECISION to allow a new road which is part of a £90m scheme to improve access to the Gosport peninsula has been put off.

Hampshire County Council’s regulatory committee discussed the plan for a new one-mile road called Newgate Lane South, which would connect from Newgate Lane to Peel Common Roundabout, at a meeting today.

But councillors felt there was not enough information available to them to be able to make a decision and they deferred it so more work could be done.

They were concerned about the lack of bus laybys on the new road and the impact that could have on people’s safety and on congestion.

Councillors, such as Portchester’s Roger Price, also wanted officers to look into the possibility of keeping the old road open to residents and buses only, and to look at installing triple glazing to the houses most affected by noise, such as the closest one which would be 13m away from the new carriageway.

He said: ‘There are issues that need further explanation. There are a number of major issues therefore we need to defer so officers can come back with the answers.’

More work will now be done before it returns to the regulatory committee next month.

Funding for the new road has already been secured from the LEP’s Solent Growth Fund and once it has been granted permission, work is expected to start in late 2017.