Residents concerned over Portsmouth hospital site homes plan

Kevin Farrar, 45, with his daughter Emily. Picture: Priya Mistry

Kevin Farrar, 45, with his daughter Emily. Picture: Priya Mistry

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CONCERNS have been raised about traffic build-up and what would happen to wildlife if more homes are built on a hospital site.

A public exhibition took place to show people what potential housing may look like at the site in Milton.

Housing developers Crayfern Homes has land in Light Villa and Gleave Villa, on the site of St James’ Hospital, in Locksway Road, and is proposing to build 38 homes.

It is one part of a larger plan which could eventually see up to 480 homes being built on the hospital site and land next to it owned by the University of Portsmouth.

This part of the development would see 38 homes built near Lapwing Road in Milton.

Kevin Farrar was in Milton Village Hall yesterday, where the plans were on display.

The 45-year-old IBM programme manager who lives in Lapwing Road, said: ‘The problem I have is not with this development in particular, but the whole scheme which will see many homes being built.

‘Looking at the plans, these homes will be in keeping with the style of houses that are already in the area, so that’s good.

‘But I am concerned about the extra traffic that will be created.

‘At the moment kids play in the dead end where the houses would be built, but once they are there, there will be more traffic and we’d need to make sure things like schools could take on the extra capacity.’

Concerns were also raised about wildlife such as foxes, bats and grey squirrels that are seen in the area.

Lynne Lush, a receptionist of Skylark Court, said: ‘Construction of the homes and people then moving in will cause more traffic.

‘But also, there are foxes and squirrels in the area.’

Paul Whitby, director of the Ecology Co-op, said: ‘Foxes and grey squirrels are unprotected.

‘Bats are protected and after doing an assessment, Crayfern will leave the trees in the area to help the bats.’

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