PLANS to build a £15m housing development on a former school playing field have gone on show to the public.
Scores of residents visited the exhibition at Purbrook Park School to look at plans to build 76 homes on the playing fields off Stakes Road, close to the roundabout.
The feedback was largely positive, although some were saddened that a green space was being lost.
The field, which is some distance from the school and is six acres, has not been used for 17 years.
Before then it was used by schoolchildren, cricket teams and also used as a training pitch for Portsmouth FC.
Plans to build 93 homes on the site were approved in 2008 – but those plans, by Persimmon Homes Ltd, have not been progressed.
Southampton-based developer David Wilson Homes has now come up with new plans with a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes and retaining open space in the north-east corner of the site.
Jane Adamson, 56, of Westland Drive, said: ‘It’s a lot better than it was before.
‘Our concern is because our garden backs on to the field, how close are they going to be to our boundary?
‘We don’t want them towering over us. The other plans were two-and-a-half-storey, these are two-storey, which is better.’
Brian Woolley, 75, of Copse Close, Widley, secretary of Purbrook Cricket Club, said: ‘Personally, I think it’s a shame.
‘I am all for people keeping themselves fit. I would like to see more sports fields in our area.’
The plans include 23 affordable homes and a developers’ contribution of £452,000 towards transport and public open spaces.
There would be new pedestrian routes through the development from Stakes Road to Stakes Hill Road.
Julian Jones, development director for David Wilson Homes, said: ‘It’s in keeping with the area.
‘The original plan for 93 homes was overdevelopment of the land. I think this will sit in better.’
He added it would create homes for local people and bring jobs to local tradesmen.
Havant Borough Council will make a final decision once the planning application has been submitted.