A TRAFFIC bottleneck could be created by a proposed housing development, residents have warned.
Community leaders spoke of their concerns about congestion and parking as plans for 79 homes at Brockhampton went on show.
Developer Orchard Homes wants to build 64 houses and 15 flats on green space to the south of Ranelagh Road, an area once used for allotments.
The meeting at Havant’s council chamber heard the land had been identified as an area that could accommodate 160 homes – and this could be phase one.
Dozens of new homes already have been built to the north of Ranelagh Road and residents said overdeveloping the area could lead to traffic problems.
Getting in and out of the new estate would be via Ranelagh Road or Meyrick Road, which both connect to busy thoroughfares.
Stewart Johnson, chairman of Brockhampton Residents’ Association, said: ‘Brockhampton Road is already a significant concern to residents.
‘Getting out of Ranelagh Road is perilous at best.
‘There’s a lot of parking from the industrial sites south of the A27.
‘We really are talking about two bottlenecks to access this site which are of concern to residents today – and that’s without an additional 275 cars.’
Kate Turner, chairwoman of Havant and Bedhampton Community Network, said: ‘I know planning applications are taken in isolation, but what we would like to see is this development taken in light of phase two, three, perhaps phase four, so that access can be worked out logically and safely.
‘It seems idiocy to do piecemeal development and not look at the whole of the area.’
Council housing officials have welcomed the plans as it would alleviate housing shortages, with more than 5,500 families on the waiting list.
The developers said the architecture would be in keeping with the area and each dwelling would have two parking spaces.
Paul Basham, a transport consultant for the developers, told the meeting: ‘We are aware there is an existing problem there.
‘What we can do about this is a difficult situation.
‘We are working with Havant Borough Council to see what we can do, if anything.’
People’s comments will now be taken forward as developers work up a formal planning application.