Budget hotel plans for Havant field to be decided

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DECISION day looms for controversial plans to build a hotel next to the A27.

More than 120 objections have been made to the proposal to build a four-storey 81-room hotel and a two-storey restaurant on Bosmere Field in Havant.

For years residents have campaigned against attempts by developers to build on the field over fears of an increase in traffic on busy Langstone Road.

But officers from Havant Borough Council have recommended councillors on next week’s development management control panel approve the plans which are being put forward by Fasset Ltd, which runs Langstone Technology Park, next to the site.

Angela Armstrong, the chairman of Langstone Residents’ Association, said: ‘We are very concerned about this application for a number of reasons.

‘The traffic from the roundabout on the A27 is a particular concern.

‘Last week we had a shunt near The Ship pub in Langstone and it cause gridlock all the way back to Havant.’

She added: ‘The turn right into the technology park is solid so the traffic will be horrendous in the north of Langtone if the restaurant is open at 7am.’

Gary Medlow managing director of Fasset, said: ‘It’s not just the development of a hotel it’s also a family restaurant. It’s so important – if Langstone Technology Park is to remain a success we need a budget hotel. It’s appropriate for the site and good for Havant.

‘We have listened to local residents now for nearly 10 months and we have acted.

‘I’m not sure what I’m going to hear on Tuesday night that I haven’t already heard and responded to.’

He went on: ‘We do not exacerbate in any way or effect the traffic flow. That has been agreed by the Highways Agency.

‘Genuinely, if six months ago I had been told this would make traffic worse we would not have gone ahead.’

The planning meeting will be held at Havant’s Public Service Plaza at 5pm on Tuesday, September 18.