Residents angry over Gosport homes plan

NOT HAPPY Residents living near to the former Pooles Peugeot garage site in Camp Road, Gosport are against plans to develop the site into 16 new homes. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13992-592)
NOT HAPPY Residents living near to the former Pooles Peugeot garage site in Camp Road, Gosport are against plans to develop the site into 16 new homes. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13992-592)
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RESIDENTS living near to a former garage in Gosport have voiced concerns over plans to build 16 homes on the site.

First Wessex plans to put up a mix of two and three-bed terrace homes on the land occupied by the former Pooles Peugeot Garage in Camp Road, Bridgemary in Gosport.

But residents of Camp Road and nearby Tarius Close have sent 16 objections to the council over the plans when the firm initially wanted to build 17 homes.

Amended plans have not pleased the objectors, who say the development will encroach on their privacy and that the new homes will be too close to a petrol station in Camp Road.

Jackie Heffield, 70, of Tarius Close said: ‘The nearest pump, to the side of the planned house, is actually 10 metres away.

‘We don’t want to stop it, people need homes but they crammed in so many.

‘They’re going to give us a 6ft wooden fence between us all.

‘Our back gardens are going to be overlooked by these houses.’

Those concerns are shared by Carolyn Reed, 56, of Camp Road, who lives near the petrol station.

She said the allocation of one parking space to each new home may cause problems.

‘There are already people parking on the road without the 16 houses they’re proposing to build.

‘They’re going to be trying to park out on the road as well.

‘It’s really difficult to turn into Camp Road sometimes because the cars are parked right up to the junction, which is dangerous.’

Ms Reed added that she wants the developer to reduce the number of homes and build bungalows instead.

But in its planning documents, First Wessex says it wants to ‘replace a disused site which has become an eyesore’ with the affordable homes.

It adds the area has properties built with a mix of architectural styles and materials and notes the firm has the chance to build a development with its own identity.

But Nick Shiels, 54, of Tarius Close, remains concerned about the plans.

He said: ‘They haven’t even contacted half of the people on Camp Road about the plans.

‘According to the plans, number one and number two Tarius Close have got a house virtually a metre or two from the back of their garden.

‘It’s the garage, the privacy, the parking. It’s not been thought out very well.’