Community ready for ‘war’ over 119 homes in suburbs

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SCHOOLS, doctors surgeries and the roads cannot cope with a planned development of more than 100 homes.

That is the view of many residents in Portchester who want Persimmon Homes to axe plans to build 119 houses and flats off Cranleigh Road.

More than 200 residents visited to the first public outing of the plans at Wicor Primary School.

Alex Phillips, 40, of Quintrel Avenue, Portchester, Fareham, said: ‘The community is ready to go to war –we just don’t want it.

‘It’s just not big enough for the homes.

‘This part of Portchester needs more leisure facilities.’

The developer has not yet put in a planning application.

Persimmon wants to put in 103 houses and 16 flats – 48 of the homes will be affordable.

The flats will be one and two-bedroom buildings, 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.

Some residents complained that the housing is not needed as Welborne – a new town north of Fareham – is due to cater for the borough’s housing needs.

But Paul Bedford, senior planner at the developer, said: ‘We think Fareham is not meeting its five-year land requirement.

‘We think it’s a reasonable site. In the past there have been bigger schemes – we’ve got the balance right.’

Married couple David Knight, 71, and Mary, 80, said they knew the land was always going to be developed.

Mary, of Sissinghurst Road, said: ‘The only thing we were worried about is the amount of traffic in Cranleigh Road.

‘We’ve already got a lot of traffic there for the recreation ground.’

David added: ‘This development doesn’t look bad at all.’

Access to the proposed homes will be from Cranleigh Road, with a road looping around the new homes.

The firm has worked with Hampshire County Council to come up with two ways of controlling traffic.

One would see a priority T-junction, the other would direct Cranleigh Road traffic into the site.

A traffic survey found 99 two-way trips in a morning and 86 two-way trips in an evening.

Sue Moore, 67, of Cranleigh Road, is concerned the current school will not cope.

She said: ‘Where are all these children going to go to school? It’s a crazy situation.’