A PILOT scheme could pave the way for Hampshire County Council to introduce 20mph speed limits on more residential streets.
Transport boss Councillor Mel Kendal has been told he can develop five pilot residential 20mph schemes.
If deemed a success the new limits could be brought in on other roads across the county.
It comes after many residents and community groups asked for lower limits.
The pilot areas have not yet been chosen, but last week the The News reported that some Hayling Island residents were keen for their area to be considered.
Cllr Kendal said: ‘I can see the benefits that this could bring to residential areas and, in turn, the local and wider community as more residential roads are restricted to 20mph speeds.
‘But, given speed enforcement of 20mph limits is likely to be a low priority for the police, its success will depend on residents and it will be important that there are opportunities for them to be involved from the start, with a view to them taking some ownership of the scheme.’
The county council has proposed that £200,000 is set aside for the pilot scheme.
Most residential streets across Portsmouth already have 20mph limits.