MAJOR plans have emerged to build 175 homes on farmland between Havant and Emsworth.
Developers are poised to submit plans for a large new estate to the south of Bartons Road, next to Wyevale Garden Centre and near Havant’s new crematorium.
Community leaders are concerned about more traffic congestion and the loss of the green gap between Havant and Emsworth, but the borough’s regeneration leader said more homes are desperately needed.
The site had already been agreed in Havant Borough Council’s Local Plan and comes amid several greenfield developments agreed in the vicinity, including 125 homes off Horndean Road, Emsworth.
Ray Cobbett, from Havant Friends of the Earth, said the likelihood of any countryside separating Havant and Emsworth was diminishing.
He said: ‘I think the two sides will eventually fuse.
‘It’s already been nibbled at pretty ferociously in various parts.’
He added: ‘The whole Havant-Emsworth gap is now practically of historical interest.
‘I am sure eventually the council will be minded to build through the entire gap.’
John Pickering, chairman of Rowlands Castle Parish Council, said he could not comment on the specifics, but was concerned about extra traffic on the junction of Bartons Road and the B2148.
He added: ‘I think there is far too much development going on greenfield sites.’
The estate would have a new access road off Bartons Road.
Developers will lay out their proposals at a development consultation forum at The Plaza in Havant on Thursday, September 10.
A public display will be available from 5.30pm with the meeting starting at 6pm.
Councillor David Guest, who is in charge of planning in Havant borough, said: ‘This is an allocated site in the Local Plan.
‘It’s been through consultation and included in the plan.
‘We have been waiting for these plans to come forward. We desperately need the housing.
‘It’s another important housing site.’
A statement from the developers says: ‘The nature of the local landscape and the visual envelope of the proposed residential development will mitigate the apparent loss of open countryside within the Havant-Emsworth Gap.’
It adds: ‘No adverse impact on the local highway network is anticipated.’