Moneyfields sport centre: Residents voice objections to £2.5 million redevelopment plan

CGI of Moneyfields. Picture: PLC Architects

The Moneyfields Sport and Social Centre in Copnor is facing closure unless planners approve a £2.5m redevelopment scheme. 

The centre needs the money from the sale of part of its site to fund a new state-of-the-art complex to replace its dilapidated buildings.

Moneyfields members. Picture: Peter Seiden Snr

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If permission is granted the old club house would be knocked down and the site of the car park and boxing club used for 12 houses and 14 flats, with 49 parking spaces and 12 garages. 

Some residents living near the Moneyfields site have voiced objections to the proposals.

Jason Turvey, of Highgate Road, said: ‘I fail see how the developers/shareholders cannot see the negative impact on the community around them. Increase in traffic through built-up one-way systems. Clearly the housing sales will balance the cost of the development. Is there any need for more housing when we have so much uni housing which is supposed to free up rented accommodation for Portsmouth residents?

‘There is already the noise pollution from when they play, it’s like I’m playing central midfield for them. Also, I don’t to walk out into my garden being overlooked by a massive building the current view is clear blue sky, a luxury in an already over congested city.’

Lauren Macpherson of Dover Road added: ‘As a neighbour who is acutely aware of the parking and traffic issues, I am worried that the increase in vehicles associated with this development will add to an already difficult situation.

‘Disputes already exist over the amount of cars in comparison to the availability of parking and an increase in cars from this sports centre may serve to displace cars further in the surrounding roads. The behaviour of drivers from the sports centre who currently park poorly and block access for residents to pass would also be a concern for me going forward.’

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