Fears remain over traffic problems at nursery site

The audience at a meeting about housing in Warblington and plans for a level crossing''Picture: Elise Brewerton''Occtober 11, 2012

The audience at a meeting about housing in Warblington and plans for a level crossing''Picture: Elise Brewerton''Occtober 11, 2012

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DEVELOPERS say they will make a fourth access point into a new estate to try to ease traffic problems.

Scores of people packed last night’s development consultation forum on a potential 191-home development at the Manor Farm and Copsey’s Nursery site, between Havant and Emsworth.

Barrett David Wilson Homes and The Generator Group held the meeting to discuss their plans with residents before they enter a final planning application for the site, which is east of Southleigh Road.

They had originally planned to make the way into the estate through Glenleigh Road, Blenheim Gardens and Fifth Avenue but they now propose to include Hallett Road.

Speaking at the meeting, at Havant’s Public Service Plaza, planning consultant Graham Beck said: ‘It is proposed to open it up so the amount of traffic will be diluted.’

But residents are not happy about the plans.

Andrew Norton, the planning officer for Warblington and Denvilles Residents Association, said: ‘Our members in Hallett Road are naturally concerned about its possible use as an access route.

‘As a safety issue, the exit from Hallett Road has poor sight lines to north and south causing delays in traffic exiting.

‘The Victorian corners with Southleigh Road are too sharp as they are also at Fifth Avenue, meaning that even a standard car exiting or entering Hallett Road cannot do so without its front wheels crossing the central white line.’

He added: ‘Given the number of new and proposed developments north of the railway line in this area we continue to have severe reservations about the effect on traffic queuing at Warblington level crossing.’

But transport consultant Ian Dix said the sight lines comply with government guidance.

And he confirmed that after lengthy negotiations Network Rail have approved plans for a new footbridge over the level crossing, which will be subject to a separate application and paid for by the developers if the new estate is given the go-ahead.

Mr Dix added: ‘The footbridge can potentially improve the operation of the level crossing itself if we can remove the pedestrians milling about within the traffic.’

A planning application is expected later this year.

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