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Road safety fears over new traveller site application

CAMPAIGNERS are preparing to try and halt plans to build a traveller pitch on the site of a pony paddock.

It is the third time in a year an application has been submitted to Winchester City Council for the land in the village of Worlds End, Denmead.

Last year dozens of objections were put forward against the plans for eight pitches, including enough room for a mobile home, a touring caravan and a day room on each one, behind the historic Chairmakers pub.

Now campaigners are urging residents to make their views known to the council by the May 23 deadline.

One resident, who wants to remain anonymous, said: ‘Effectively this is a pony paddock. The thought of having that amount of development and people living on that site is a concern.

‘We will not only be losing a green field, but that site also floods badly and the access comes out on to a main road.

‘There is no pavement or street lighting. It’s a very busy road on a blind bend with the national speed limit.

‘We don’t want people to be complacent and think that the objections they sent in last time will suffice.

‘Because this is a fresh application we have to do it all again.’

It is expected that up to 34 people will live on the site if the application is agreed.

That would increase the population of Worlds End by 25 per cent.

The entrance to the site would be on Fareham Road, where there have been several accidents, rather than nearby Forest Road.

Neil Lander-Brinkley, the chairman of Denmead Parish Council, said the council will debate the application at its next planning meeting on May 14.

He added: ‘Our concerns remain the same. We will represents the views of the residents from the experience of the previous application.’

The site’s agent WS Planning did not respond to The News.

 

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