DEVELOPERS who want to build almost 200 homes at the site of an old nursery say they will create allotments that the entire community can use.
There is a massive shortage of allotments across Havant with a long waiting list to grow fruit and vegetables.
David Wilson Homes has been planning a 191 home development on the land previously used by Copsey’s Nursery and Manor Farm, in Denvilles.
Network Rail and Hampshire County Council has already secured planning permission to build a new footbridge over Warblington railway station – which will be paid for by David Wilson Homes if the development is given the go ahead.
Now, ahead of a planning application going in for the site, the developer has said 32 allotments and a farm shop will be built if it is given permission.
They will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
‘We want to help create a brand new community here in Denvilles – and this is just one aspect of that,’ said Julian Jones, development director at David Wilson.
He added: ‘The popularity of grow your own has increased steadily over recent years. And introducing the allotments and farm shop here gives residents the chance to work together on a project that will benefit the entire neighbourhood.’
Residents living close to the site, which is off Southleigh Road, have raised concerns about the access roads.
The developers originally planned to make the way into the estate through Glenleigh Road, Blenheim Gardens and Fifth Avenue but they now propose to include Hallett Road.
The Warblington and Denvilles Residents Association are concerned that the tight corners could prove dangerous with the extra traffic which would be generated from the site.
But planning consultants for the developer say the sight lines comply with government guidance.
Havant councillor David Guest, who represents St Faith’s ward, said: ‘I think it’s excellent if they can provide allotments because there is a great demand for them in Havant.
‘As I understand it would be a first-come, first-served basis if it were to go ahead.
‘It’s something that people really want.’
For more information about proposals for the new development, visit dwhsotoncommunity.com