Anger as plan for 17 new homes in Gosport is approved

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FRUSTRATED residents have failed to stop new homes being built on a former garage site in Bridgemary.

Councillors at the regulatory board heard from a resident living near to the former Pooles Peugeot garage site, in Camp Road, where 17 new homes will now be built.

Hilary Lacey, 66, of Tarius Close, had concerns over privacy, the size of the development and the homes’ proximity to a petrol station.

She told the board: ‘We are not opposed to housing being built, but we believe 17 dwellings is too many on this site, unfair to new and neighbouring dwellings.

‘It is very unfair tenants cannot look over their gardens.

‘This takes away theirs and their neighbours’ privacy.’

She added: ‘We believe the distance from the flats to the petrol tanks is not adequate.

‘God help the residents in them if, God forbid, a fire started.’

Mrs Lacey was speaking on behalf of a number of residents who packed out the chamber to watch the meeting.

As reported yesterday, the council apologised after a letter it sent to Mrs Lacey seeking deputations included the wrong phone number for the planning department.

It meant Mrs Lacey missed the deadline for deputations – after calling a residential number, something she told councillors about last night.

Mike Willenbruch, from PDP Architecture was representing First Wessex, which is behind the plans.

He said: ‘The scheme has evolved over an 18 month period. We’ve attended many meetings with your planning officers.

‘The scheme has been developed to take into account many of the concerns expressed by neighbours of the site.’

Residents had also raised concerns about damage to badgers in the area.

But Mr Willenbruch added: ‘This is not a wildlife oasis. I’m sure badgers are found in adjacent gardens but these do not live in the site.’

And he added that flats had been redesigned to avoid overlooking existing homes in Tarius Close.

Councillors voted unanimously to approve the plans, which had been recommended by council planners.

There were 15 letters of objection and one in support.