Residents object to more homes for Cherque Farm

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NEIGHBOURS are appealing to developers to scale back plans at an estate in Lee-on-the-Solent.

More than 50 objections have been made over plans to build new homes at the Cherque Farm estate.

Residents are concerned about the lack of open space in the area and are worried that the development will eat up what little space is left in the area.

Developers want to build 13 new homes on a small area of wasteland at the junction of Westland Drive and Magister Drive in Lee-on-the-Solent.

But residents have made scores of objections – even after the developer included new plans to provide better access and more open space.

Richard Mackay, chairman of Lee-on-the-Solent Residents’ Association, said: ‘The concern is that it is over intensive development – there’s not enough open space.

‘There’s limited open space in the whole of Cherque Farm, but it’s not that they shouldn’t develop homes.

‘If it was 13 homes on their own it wouldn’t be a problem but the space is for wider use.’

Current residents at the site want the unoccupied wasteland to be landscaped or used to serve their needs.

They have suggested alternatives for the land, including a pub, shops and the installation of allotments.

Mr Mackay says that other uses of the site would be better, claiming that more homes could also lead to traffic problems.

He said: ‘We’re not saying no to the homes – the land would end up being a wasteland, which it already is.

‘We’re trying to be reasonable in what we’re saying in terms of the economic area and the homes needed.

‘But this area is so congested, it took me 40 minutes to get to Fareham – what would another 13 more houses do to that?’

The application has been submitted by CEMEX UK Properties.

Council planning officers say the development is acceptable and can be designed not to have a harmful impact on the character of the area. Officers also say there will be no harm to traffic conditions or pedestrian safety.

Planning officers have recommended that the plans be approved if the firm make contributions to transport and leisure funds in the area.