PENNY Mordaunt has demanded an explanation over why an EU study is needed before building a road to take lorries out of people’s streets.
The city council says an environmental impact survey must be done by a landowner if he wants to build a track moving heavy traffic out of Twyford Avenue, Stamshaw.
But the Portsmouth North Tory MP is not convinced and says only developments over a hectare in size and associated with fracking need the assessment.
Ms Mordaunt said: ‘I want the council to tell me why we need this environmental impact assessment. I have gone through the regulations.
‘If the council can show me we really need this, then I will go away.
‘But at the moment, the council has produced nothing that says we need it.
There are clearly reasons the council has, but at the moment we have a complete vacuum of evidence required.Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt
‘We have a landowner who wants to build this road, it needs to go in.
‘We need a bit of common sense prevailing.
‘There are clearly reasons the council has, but at the moment we have a complete vacuum of evidence required.
‘If the survey is not required, the problem is solved.
‘I am not asking the council to pay for any work.’
The study in question would determine whether the harbour and local wildlife would be affected should a temporary road be built.
It would run parallel to the motorway, taking lorries to and from commercial land west of Tipner.
John Henry Pounds, who owns the site, has told the council he will pay for the road. But he does not want to cough up the £25,000 needed for the survey as he does not think it is needed.
John Cass, chairman of Stamshaw and Tipner neighbourhood forum, has already said residents are fed up with the situation.
Tory planning boss Luke Stubbs, who said the survey was needed, hit back at Ms Mordaunt’s demands.
‘An environmental assessment is required for developments in close proximity to the harbour,’ he said.
‘The council cannot take this risk with public money and we have taken external advice on this.
‘We are not prepared to ignore legal advice on the basis of unfounded claims from politicians.’