RESIDENTS have voiced their anger at plans to build more than 100 new homes on Hayling Island.
At a public meeting in the Bridge Centre, Beach Road, yesterday hundreds of people arrived to hear plans to develop an area of land on the island north of Goldring Close and south of Beech Grove.
The 4.5-hectare field has been allocated as a reserve housing site in the Havant Borough District Wide Local Plan.
It means that even though the council agrees that it is prime agricultural land, it will allow houses to be built on it.
Beech Grove, which is a dead end, would be opened up and the access road to the new estate would run straight through the middle of it.
Residents living near the development are disgusted that the peace and quiet they moved to the area for will be shattered.
John Broomhead, 61, is leading the campaign to stop the development.
He only knew about the proposed development when he spotted surveyors in the field.
He discovered Tolcarne Drive Developments wanted to build 130 homes on the site.
He said: ‘When we bought our homes we weren’t paying for the bricks and mortar, we were paying for a lifestyle. Somewhere we could retire in peace and quiet.
‘That is going to be ruined and it’s a disgrace. I’m probably one of the youngest here. The people in the flats at the end of the road have an average age of 85. This is simply not the right place to put a housing estate.’
Mary Fray, 86, said: ‘I’m the longest resident here, 26 years.
‘We knew it would happen one day, it keeps raising its ugly head but we always manage to kill it off. Let’s hope we can do it once more.’
Representing the developers, Jeremy Higgins, from Pro-Vision Planning and Design, told residents their concerns would be taken into account.
He said: ‘We may not be able to win everyone over, but we will listen to issues raised by local people and try and find a way of resolving them.’
An application has not yet been submitted but is expected before the end of the year.