A LARGE housing development planned for Waterlooville will not become an overcrowded estate with social problems, a meeting was told last night.
Developers said mistakes of the past, such as building cramped housing, would not be repeated at Woodcroft Farm, near Wecock.
The vow came at an influential public meeting at Havant’s council chamber that was aimed at outlining what the community wants the development to be like.
As reported in The News, Grainger is putting together plans to build 300 homes on the farmland.
Ann Waters, from Wecock Residents’ Association, said it was important to include family homes that were not cramped where people could have a sit-down meal at a dining table.
She said: ‘We need to look at having rooms which you can fit a table in.’
John Beresford, Grainger’s director of development, said: ‘Wecock Farm could do with some families.
‘What it doesn’t want is another site full of apartments and young people. That’s something we tried to address with the housing mix and what that has done is lower the density.’
Developers said all areas would be overlooked and well-lit and there would be plenty of green space.
Thirty per cent of the homes would be affordable and these would be spread throughout the estate.
The meeting heard Woodcroft Farm could potentially be part of a 700-home development as adjacent land was being considered by East Hampshire District Council and Winchester City Council.
However, there is no guarantee this will happen and it would have to be approved by a government inspector.
David Crichton, from Waterlooville Community Board, was worried about traffic, with several housing developments on the go in the Waterlooville area.
He said: ‘Being overlaid over a period of years means the accumulation of traffic could be a problem.’
The main access would be from a roundabout in Eagle Avenue.
Residents’ comments will be taken forward as Grainger works up a formal planning application.