Tipner regeneration still cause for concern

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  • Neighbourhood forum chairman says planning consultants see no need for EU study
  • Council argues land value still an issue
  • Homes and Communities Agency still committed to Tipner regeneration
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A ROW is rumbling on over heavy goods vehicles in a city residential area despite hope of a solution being found.

John Cass, of Stamshaw and Tipner neighbourhood forum, has written to The News saying at long last the council no longer requires an EU study to get a temporary track built taking heavy traffic out of Stamshaw.

It has been a very long and drawn out matter – unnecessarily so it seems following the fact that an impact assessment was not required.

John Cass, chairman of Stamshaw and Tipner neighbourhood forum

It comes despite Tory planning boss Luke Stubbs insisting John Henry Pounds – the developer who wants to build the route parallel to the M275 – needs to cough up £25,000 for the survey first.

The assessment would determine the impact on the local harbour.

Mr Cass argues all that’s needed now to build the road is planning consent as he’s received a copy of a letter from Mr Pounds’ planning consultants saying there’s no requirement for the environmental checks.

But Cllr Stubbs maintains the land where the road would go is owned by the council, which cannot be forced to do anything by the commercial interests of Mr Pounds.

He compared it to a developer wanting to build in someone’s ‘back garden’.

Seamus Meyer, council project leader for Tipner, has already warned there are other issues at play, such as land values.

He said the 150m road could increase the value of Mr Pounds’ land west of Tipner, and potentially devalue the council’s share.

Mr Cass wrote: ‘It has been a very long and drawn-out matter – unnecessarily so it seems following the fact that an impact assessment was not required, and everyone could see the common-sense approach that most wanted to take on this issue.’

Meanwhile, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) says it is still committed to developing a plot of land it owns in Tipner.

Jeremy Herring, HCA senior development manager, said: ‘We are continuing to work alongside our partners, including Tipner Regeneration Company and the council, on a comprehensive redevelopment of Tipner, which will transform the gateway to the city and result in over 600 homes for the people of Portsmouth.