FEARS of gridlock caused by development near one of Havant’s busiest roads were expressed as a major consultation got under way.
Hundreds of people visited the Meridian Centre yesterday to look at an exhibition on the likely locations of new homes in the Havant area.
Following an earlier consultation, council officers have allocated 2,788 homes at greenfield and brownfield sites across the borough to be built by 2026.
The proposals attracted mixed views for and against, but one of the major concerns was about large greenfield sites set for development, including 252 homes south of Bartons Road and 185 homes at Strides Manor Farm and Copseys Nursery.
Sue Mason, from Denvilles, was worried about traffic clogging up Southleigh Road from the developments, as well as cars travelling from Westbourne from the new 280-home Hampshire Farm estate.
The route has a level crossing – which sometimes can be closed for more than 20 minutes – causing long tailbacks as cars come on and off the A27.
She said: ‘You are going to have hundreds of cars on a road that can’t cope now.
‘Why don’t they build on the brownfield sites first? There’s plenty of empty land.’
Penny Murray, of The Parchment, Havant, was worried about jobs.
She said: ‘What are the people going to do who live in these houses?’
Linda Mullins, of Lower Grove Road, Havant, was worried about development in East Street.
She said: ‘Why don’t they make it a town square and make it beautiful?’
Phil Adams, 80, of Orchard Road, Havant, was angry the exhibition was four hours during the day when many are at work.
David Webb, 75, of Auriol Drive, Bedhampton, was concerned about 40 homes earmarked for Portsdown Hill.
He said: ‘We are not pleased with the site itself because of people crossing the sliproad to the A3(M). It’s very dangerous.’
But Chris Woodcock, 60, from Leigh Park, said: ‘We need the new homes for the younger generation.’
No decisions have been made yet. Further exhibitions are planned, including evening sessions. Visit havant.gov.uk/havant-12610