Traffic fears over plans for more homes

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HOMES are set to be built on the gap which separates Havant and Portsmouth.

Executive home developer David Wilson Homes is planning 44 houses for a large piece of land off Havant Road and Glebe Park Avenue, Bedhampton.

But there are fears the extra homes will put too much pressure on Portsdown Hill Road and the small Belmont roundabout at the junction of that road and Bedhampton Road.

Jim Graham, chairman of North Hill Bedhampton Residents Association, said: ‘We don’t actually need this development. Here in Bedhampton we have already taken our fair share of new homes.

‘It will be the third major development in the area after the bowling alley and Scratchface Lane.

‘I feel we have taken enough. There will be a huge amount of pressure on the Rusty Cutter roundabout and the traffic on our main little roundabout (Belmont roundabout) is already chronic, especially in the evenings.’

Permission has been given to bulldoze AMF Bowling and Homebase off Portsdown Hill Road to make way for 86 homes.

And the controversial development off Scratchface Lane was finally given the go-ahead after a public inquiry and will eventually see 92 new homes.

Although the houses will be in an important strategic gap between Portsmouth and Havant, the area has already been earmarked as suitable for housing in Havant Borough Council’s allocations plan – which has been agreed by the government’s planning inspector.

No one from David Wilson Homes responded to calls from The News.

Councillor Ken Smith, who represents Bedhampton, said: ‘I’ve spoken with highways engineers who say it is possible to make the Belmont roundabout better by moving it slightly towards Havant.

‘But unless they do that, with all the extra homes and cars that come with them, it’s an accident waiting to happen.’

An application is expected in the spring.