Concerns over plans for new homes in city

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RESIDENTS have hit out at plans to turn a brownfield site into new homes.

Persimmon Homes is seeking to build 143 homes on a former Scottish and Southern Energy depot in Lower Drayton Lane, Drayton, Portsmouth.

The development would include a mix of semi-detached and terraced houses that are mostly two storeys high.

While bodies such as Natural England and The Design Review Panel have no objections to the move, nearby residents feel it will cause problems.

Voicing her concerns on Portsmouth City Council’s website, Drayton resident Rebecca Wallace said: ‘My property backs onto Lower Drayton Lane. The traffic coming down Stroudley Avenue and Lower Drayton Lane is already really busy, and makes crossing the road with my children treacherous and driving difficult.’

A Highways engineer admitted in a planning report that Stroudley Avenue is already ‘unsuitable’ for high volumes of traffic.

Council officers recommend the move should be approved, but have conditions attached.

A public meeting over it is being held on Wednesday.