Anger as residents are not told about housing meeting

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NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their anger after they were not given leaflets telling them about a consultation on 119 new homes.

People living in Cranleigh Road and Cornaway Lane, in Portchester, did not receive information on a public consultation outlining 119 new homes which could be built in the area.

The consultation was held earlier this month and invited people living near the proposed site of Wicor Rec to give their opinion.

But residents living in the nearest streets said they only heard about the consultation from other people.

Judith Capel, from Cornaway Lane, said: ‘I have no idea why we weren’t given any sort of leaflets or posters telling us about the public consultation.

‘The 119 new homes will directly affect us and yet we weren’t told. I heard that people living in streets further away had leaflets delivered which doesn’t make sense.’

She also said the houses shouldn’t be built because the area won’t be able to cope with the extra cars and there will not be enough school places.

Neighbour Judith Britton from Cranleigh Road, added: ‘I have counted hundreds of cars using the road and an additional 119 houses could see an extra 200 cars. The road just cannot cope.

‘Luckily, I found out about the consultation so I could express my views but I would have been annoyed if I’d missed it because we weren’t told.’

As previously reported in The News Persimmon Homes wants to put in 103 houses and 16 flats on the site off Cranleigh Road.

The flats will be one and two-bedroom, while the homes will be a mix of two, three and four bedrooms.

Open space will be retained at the site, with 1.5 hectares of greenery to the west of the homes kept for nature-lovers.

But Peter Carey, 64, from Cornaway Lane, said the new houses will cause more traffic encouraging people to use other roads as rat run.

‘Traffic is already bad at peak times,’ he said.

‘More houses and cars will make the situation worse and people will use back roads to bypass it.’

He added: ‘I missed the consultation because I didn’t hear about it. There seems to be a lot going on behind closed doors.’

Roy Stantiall, from Cranleigh Road, agreed. He said: ‘I think it’s pretty poor.’

Persimmon Homes did not comment when asked by The News.