NEIGHBOURS spoke of their concerns about traffic, parking and loss of green space as plans for a new hotel in Havant went on show.
Developers laid out their plans for an 80-bedroom two-storey Travelodge hotel and a separate 300-cover restaurant on land at Bosmere Field, close to the Langstone roundabout.
Brewery Greene King is proposing to build a farmhouse-style ‘Cloverleaf’ restaurant in the south-east corner of the site.
Fasset Ltd, which manages Langstone Technology Park, has drawn up plans and officials told people at Bedhampton Social Hall that a hotel was needed to cater for the business community.
The development would have space for around 150 cars.
But residents feared the congested Langstone Road would get even worse as people queued to turn right into the single access road, also used by workers at Langstone Technology Park.
Members of Langstone Residents’ Association described the road as ‘gridlocked between 4.30pm and 6.45pm every day’.
Havant resident Keith Chessell said: ‘Road access is a serious problem.
‘Personally I think you are going to find it very hard to find some means of combating the problem.’
There was also concern about overspill of cars into surrounding residential roads.
Kate Turner, chairwoman of Havant and Bedhampton Community First, the residents’ panel that hosted the presentation, said: ‘It causes problems across the whole area.’
There was also support from some people, who felt a budget hotel was needed.
Jeremy Heppell, planning consultant, said: ‘The Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (Push) has identified the need along the A27 for a budget hotel primarily because trade is being turned away by existing hotels in the area.
‘It’s clearly not good for businesses if business people can’t stay in the area.’
The land is owned by Hampshire County Council and faces being sold off. A planning application is set to be submitted soon and if approved, the development would be finished by Christmas this year.