Thousands of new homes for Havant

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THE first details of where thousands of new homes could be built across Havant and Waterlooville have been revealed.

More than 80 plots are being considered as potential housing sites, including farmland, car parks, recreation grounds, allotments and school playing fields.

A handful have planning permission for housing, but the vast majority of the sites do not.

The locations have been outlined by Havant Borough Council and will go out for public consultation in May and June.

The council has agreed with the government a housing target of 6,300 new homes between now and 2026.

Space has already been found for 2,691 homes with big developments such as the Waterlooville Major Development Area taking a large chunk.

Now the council has to find room for a total of 3,609 more homes in the borough.

Most of the sites have been put forward by landowners expressing an interest in them being developed.

Residents’ group leaders said they recognised the need for new houses for young people, but were worried about loss of green belt and community spaces.

Pam Cooper, from Purbrook and Widley Residents’ Association, said: ‘It’s getting to the point to the west of the A3M where it’s more infilling than not. There’s very little space left – I think they have to be very careful.

‘With the Waterlooville MDA, they have still not started building houses yet, I presume because of the economic climate.

‘Let’s see how we go with this before we start nibbling into playing fields and recreation areas.’

And Lorraine Clode, chairwoman of Emsworth Residents’ Association, was worried about Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital being turned into housing.

She said: ‘There are definitely pros and cons. My own personal view is hands off the hospital. We want that to be primarily reserved as a community medical facility.’

Cllr Tony Briggs, leader of the council, said no final decisions have been made.

He said: ‘For housing it’s really about looking to the land that’s available in the area. It may be in some instances while people accept they have to have housing, they would rather it be on a site that has not been designated as opposed to one that is designated. It’s about giving the community an opportunity to comment.’

Details of the public exhibitions will come out at the end of the month.

POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT SITES

Emsworth

Land off Oaktree Drive, 46 homes

Victoria Cottage Hospital, 6

Part of South Street car park, 5

Emsworth Delivery Office, 5

Hampshire Farm, 279

Horse Field, Havant Road, 123

Land west of Horndean Road, 147

Land east of Horndean Road, 80

Land west of Coldharbour Farm, 66

Land north of Hollybank Land and Long Copse Lane, 105

Havant and Bedhampton

Warblington School Field, 56

Market Parade, 125

Portsmouth Water HQ, 48

Ranelagh Road, 53

Portsmouth Water site, Brockhampton, 108

Land at end of Palk Road, 21

Former Post Office, East Street, 20

Car park behind Bear Hotel, 11

Former Havant War Memorial Hospital, 12

Land at Former Oak Park School, 22

Town End House, 19

Land at River Way, 10

Land north east of Havant College, New Road, 41

Job Centre Plus site, Elmleigh Road, 35

Land at Barncroft School, 34

Land north of Bartons Road, 30

Land south of Bartons Road, 203

Strides Farm and Manor Farm, 105

Copseys Nursery, 70

Land at Portsdown Hill, 80

Scratchface Lane, 65

Littlepark House, 47

Land south of Lower Road, 250

Eastleigh House, 5

Hayling Island

103-105 Station Road, 5

Land at rear 108-110 Elm Grove, 7

Former Rose in June pub, 12

Beachlands, 100

Manor Nurseries, 13

Land north of Goldring Close, south of Beech Grove, 160

Rook Farm, 53

Station Road, north of Sinah Lane, 200

Station Road, Furniss Way, 84

Land north of Rook Farm, west of St Marys Road, 119

Leigh Park

Plaitford Grove, 5

Parking area off Sparsholt Close, 5

Kingsclere Avenue open space, 40

Strouden Court, 60

Land at Eling Court, 5

Prospect Lane Open Space, 31

Land at Oakshott Drive, 8

Parking area off Oakshott Drive, 2

Parking area off Forestside Road, 2

Riders Lane allotments, 70

Blendworth Crescent Open Space, 48

Land next to Holybourne Road, 8

Land off Priorsdean Crescent, 4

Fox Public House, 8

Land at Oxenwood Green, 8

Land of Hampage Green, 20

Land at Plumley Walk, 2

Land at Southfield Walk, 4

Land at Larkwhistle Walk, 7

Vacant shops off Sharps Road, 5

Leigh Park centre, 38

Land at Inkpen Walk, 2

Land at Rushmere Walk, 2

Land at Frogham Green, 5

Scottish and Southern Energy office site, Bartons Road, 30

Cabbagefield Row, 92

There is also space for 52 homes by developing garage court sites in Leigh Park

Waterlooville

Milton Road car park, 5

Parking area at Harcourt Close, 5

Land rear of shops 109-111 London Road, 8

Bliss Close parking area, 14

St Michael’s Convent, London Road, 57

Land at Sacred Heart Church, London Road, 9

Forest End garages, 5

Goodwillies Timber Yard, 96

Gordon Road open space, 13

Rockville Drive, 14

Asda/Clocktower, 111

Wellington Way, 55

Land east of Purbrook Distributor Lake, 10

Former Purbrook Park School playing field, 95

Padnell Grange, 84

Land at Meadowlands School, 52

Land next to Rachel Maddocks School, 20

Part of land at Waterlooville Recreation Ground, 60