‘Devastation’ as Denvilles housing estate gets the go-ahead

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A NEW estate of almost 200 new homes will be built despite massive resistance from residents.

Developers Barratt Homes and the Generator Group have been given permission to build at the former Copseys Nursery and Manor Farm sites in Denvilles following a heated three-hour planning debate at Havant Borough Council last night.

Scores of objectors packed the council chamber to hear councillors debate the plans which people fear will bring even worse traffic problems to Southleigh Road and the four dead-end roads which will be opened up to provide access to the site.

The level crossing halfway down Southleigh Road causes long tailbacks throughout the day and councillors and people living in the area argued cars from an extra 191 homes would exacerbate that.

George Reason, who has lived in Denvilles for 24 years, urged the committee to refuse the application. He said: ‘The development, which has nearly 400 parking spaces, will be occupied by young working families who will mostly travel to work by car.

‘I suggest the predicted figures are grossly underestimated and queuing traffic lengths will be significantly affected. One often has to wait for two to three gate closures before getting through so the queue lengths will be compounded.’

Hampshire County Council highways officers supported the application saying the impact would not be severe.

Cllr Richard Brown disagreed and put forward a motion to throw out the plans but it was refused by three votes to four.

In the end chairman Cllr Paul Buckley used his casting vote to get the application through.

Planning officers have agreed a contribution from the developers of £727,500 which will go towards building a footbridge over the level crossing which already has planning permission.

But Cllr Michael Wilson said it would not ease traffic flow because it was only big enough for pedestrians and could not accommodate prams or bicycles.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Reason said: ‘I’m devastated. It’s going to mean chaos in Southleigh Road both for existing residents and for new ones.’