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Fears over wildlife damage in Gosport as couple plan for eco-home

Plans have been submitted to convert a former munition store into a three-bedroom
e co-home in Britannia Way, Gosport. (l-r) Concerned residents Nick Beames and Chris Clarke

Plans have been submitted to convert a former munition store into a three-bedroom e co-home in Britannia Way, Gosport. (l-r) Concerned residents Nick Beames and Chris Clarke

 

ANGRY residents have spoken of their concerns over plans to convert a former munitions store into a family home.

People living near the old cordite magazine off Britannia Way, in Priddy’s Hard, Gosport, are worried wildlife will suffer and more homes could be built on the site.

Residents are calling for the couple behind the plans to hold a public meeting to explain their vision for the three-bedroom home.

Nick Beames, 44, of Sovereign Avenue, said he was told no building work could take place at the fenced-off nature conservation area.

He said: ‘It would be nice to have some wildlife left.

‘It’s nice and quiet – we get all the badgers here.’

Posters were put up by the couple that own the site saying they plan to move from Kent.

The store was sold at auction for £44,000 in May and the other store near it was sold in February for £48,000.

While only plans for one home have been submitted, owner Alan Dawes said he hopes to build another one.

Jennifer Higgins, 38, and her husband Andy, 48, are both against the plans.

He said: ‘I know you’ve got to develop but at the same time, that’s a beauty spot.

‘This area is a nature spot, any development would mess with nature.

‘It’s fenced off – we have badgers and bats that come in the area every night.’

Jennifer added: ‘Any development could potentially damage the nice eco-system on our doorstep.’

Sixteen letters of objection have been sent to Gosport Borough Council, which determines the application.

Hardway councillor Roger Allen said he could not comment as he helps decide planning applications.

Other residents are worried about the safety of the proposed access to the house from Britannia Way and noise and damage during building.

Some people have raised concern that trees have been cut down.

Council planners have issued a tree protection order for more than 100 trees.

Mr Dawes said the trees already cut down were not covered by the order.

He added building the eco-home will prevent the site from commercial use and that a major development will not happen.

‘It’s part of the heritage of Gosport as a lovely building,’ Mr Dawes said.

‘People do not realise that the alternative to a single family home is for the property to be used for commercial use.’ He added Natural England will need to approve.

 

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