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  • Residents oppose plans for five, two-bedroom detached homes off Elmhurst Road
  • They have concerns on lack of privacy and parking
  • But council officers recommend it is approved by regulatory board next week
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AN APPLICATION to build five new homes has been recommended for approval despite neighbours’ objections to the plans.

Gosport council’s regulatory board will consider the application next week to build the three-bedroom properties at the back of numbers three-11 Elmhurst Road.

I feel this would have a detrimental affect on our privacy and of our neighbours.

Robin Weeks

Since the plans were submitted, 30 objection letters have been received from people living nearby.

In the letters they have listed lack of privacy, lack of space and increase in traffic as main concerns.

Robin Weeks, who lives near the proposed development, said: ‘This is quite a sizeable development which, in my opinion, would be very overbearing on the existing private properties behind this site.

‘I feel this would have a detrimental affect on our privacy and that of our neighbours.

‘The size of the development would most certainly have an effect on parking, which is already difficult and a sensitive issue with residents.’

People living in nearby flats at Leventhorpe Court agreed.

One resident said: ‘There is already intense on-street parking pressure and I believe the proposed additional housing will damage both highway safety and residential amenity.’

But despite these issues being raised, council officers have put the plan forward for approval by the board.

Looking at the main concerns, the officers put in the report that ‘adequate separation distances are proposed between the dwellings and adjacent residential properties to ensure that there will be no harm with regard to loss of light, privacy or outlook.’

It added: ‘A parking survey was undertaken to demonstrate that there is adequate on-street parking available on Elmhurst Road and the local highway authority has not requested a traffic regulation order.’

The properties in the application will be detached two-storey homes with accommodation space in the roof.

The plans also include two parking spaces per house and storage for two bins and three bicycles in the back gardens.

Existing outbuildings and an external fire escape will be demolished as part of the application, which was submitted to the council in the summer.