THE developer behind plans to redevelop Brockhurst Gate says it has received overwhelming support from residents – but not everyone agrees.
Millngate wants to build 100 homes, a McDonald’s, a Costa Coffee and an Aldi on the disused land off Fareham road, in Gosport, saying it will lead to a £4.5m-a-year economic boost to the area.
A public consultation took place in December and Tony Sweeney, the managing director of the firm, said seven out of every 10 people questioned were in favour of the proposals.
And he said he was looking forward to the new jobs the development will create – which he estimates will be up to 250 – along with affordable housing.
He added: ‘Brockhurst Gate is a huge opportunity to bring investment and new jobs to Gosport which will create a local economic output of around £4.5m per year.
‘The vast majority of feedback that we received during our exhibition was extremely supportive of the significant investment we are proposing.’
According to Mr Sweeney the development will create more than 300 construction jobs – worth £118m.
But not everyone is convinced by the plans.
Councillor Sue Ballard, who represents Elson ward, feels the already-congested roads in the area cannot take more houses.
She said: ‘I’m in favour of more retail and local jobs for local people but I’m not in favour of more housing until we have improvements on the main roads.
‘Until we have improved access in and out of Gosport new housing will only cause more problems.
‘If they are going to put new homes in then they need to contribute to improving the A32 – but they are not going to contribute the kinds of money needed.’
Cllr Ballard said she also feels the consultation should have been wider and included more houses in the Elson area.
The site is the former Ministry of Defence Frater Gate offices and disused civil service sports ground.
An application has not been submitted to Gosport Borough Council but is expected to go in later in the year.
Mr Sweeney added: ‘We are very grateful to the people who took the time to share their views on our proposals.’