Controversial homes plan set for green light

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build almost 200 homes on land to the east of Havant are set to be approved tomorrow.

Councillors have been recommended to approve the plans for 191 homes at Manor Farm and Copsey’s Nursery in Denvilles.

A total of 201 letters have been received by Havant Borough Council about the development – with 111 written objections.

Residents have strong concerns about the extra traffic swamping the already busy level crossing at Southleigh Road.

They are also worried about flooding and overdevelopment as the Copsey’s Nursery part of the scheme would eat into the green gap between Emsworth and Havant.

But, crucially, the Environment Agency has now withdrawn an earlier objection over fears the development could worsen flooding problems in Emsworth.

A statement from the agency said: ‘Following the significant revisions made to the Flood Risk Assessment, we are in a position to remove our objection to the development.’

New measures include extra water storage ponds and controlled run-off into the Nore Farm Stream, which has historically caused the flooding issues.

Resident Sue Leggatt, of Fifth Avenue, Denvilles, told The News: ‘We are not against it because people have to live somewhere. ‘We just want it done in the right way with the flooding sorted.’

The application has been submitted by Generator Group LLP and BDW Southampton Ltd.

The plans include space for 391 cars. Access would be via Glenleigh Park, Hallett Road, Fifth Avenue and Blenheim Gardens.

Traffic consultants have calculated the development would add only one or two cars to the queue lengths when the level crossing barrier is down for an average length of time – and four cars during the worst busy periods.

Council officers acknowledge that the scheme encroaches on to the undeveloped gap, but say housing development is acceptable as greenhouses are already there.

If approved, developers would pay the authorities £727,505 – most of which would used for a new footbridge near Warblington station.

A council planning report states: ‘There is considered to be no justification for refusal.’

The meeting takes place at The Plaza from 5pm.