PLANS to build a business park which could create up to 3,000 new jobs have been welcomed.
The Dunsbury Hill Farm site, which is on the outskirts of Warren Park, Havant, is set to be transformed by Portsmouth City Council, the site’s owners, in a bid to boost the local economy and capitalise on the recently-opened Hindhead Tunnel.
Plans have been in the pipeline for decades but they have taken a major step forward with an outline planning application set to be submitted to Havant Borough Council, the planning authority, in December.
Last night a Development Consultation Forum was held at Havant College which gave the public and councillors an opportunity to discuss the plans before a formal application is submitted.
Leigh Park, Havant and Bedhampton, and Waterlooville Community Boards all welcomed the proposals for the 33-acre development but there were concerns over the access road from Hulbert Road, off the A3(M).
There are fears it will cause congestion further down Hulbert Road at the busy Asda roundabout in Bedhampton.
John Briggs, chairman of Waterlooville Community Board, said: ‘It is my board’s opinion that such an arrangement will be inadequate and borders on being dangerous.’
But Joanne Farrar, planning consultant for Portsmouth City Council, said the criteria for the access road was set down by the Highways Authority and Hampshire County Council.
She added they would not allow access directly off the A3(M) roundabout but a transport impact assessment is still ongoing
Jim Edwards, from Leigh Park Community Board, said: ‘I welcome anything that brings employment to Leigh Park with open arms.
‘This can be the beginning of something big.’
Unemployment in the borough is higher than average for the region and the borough council has made it clear construction jobs should go to local people where possible.
Portsmouth City Council must apply for a government loan to pay for the development while the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire is applying for a government grant to pay for the access road.