Developers put Emsworth homes plans out for second time

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FEARS over flooding, noise pollution, traffic and the loss of green gap are still dominating plans to build 130 new homes in Emsworth.

At last night’s development consultation forum at Havant Borough Council, Barratt Homes put the plans for land off Selangor Avenue, to councillors and residents for a second time.

The number of homes they want to build has reduced by 50 but concerns still remain.

Barratt development director Julian Jones moved to allay the fears by explaining they would create an urban drainage system to overcome flooding.

He said as well as mitigating Selangor Avenue’s problems they would consider contributing to studies being undertaken by the Environment Agency into flood storage systems to alleviate problems across the whole of Emsworth.

Selangor Avenue resident Cindy Baker, 52, is concerned about the effect of noise from the nearby A27.

She said: ‘In the 1970s residents got compensation because of noise pollution from the A27. It has increased since then and it is now a substantial issue as far as we’re concerned.’

David Coles, Barratt’s noise consultant, said tests carried out over five days in April showed noise levels were ‘good’ and could be mitigated against in the layout of the site.

The development consultation forum is a chance for developers to thrash out problems with the plans before an application is officially submitted.

The council has already made it clear it does not support the proposals and it is currently consulting the public on preferred housing sites for the homes allocations plan. Selangor Avenue has been discounted.

Adele Maher, team leader for planning policy, made clear the council’s position.

She said: ‘At this point in time, with the evidence to hand, we believe there are better sites to meet the development needs of Emsworth.’

But Mr Jones said he believed it was the best site available because it could ease traffic problems in Havant Road – which there are major concerns about – by introducing a controlled pedestrian crossing just east of the proposed entrance to the new estate, which would create gaps in traffic. And he said it would improve cycling and pedestrian access.

An application is not expected until the housing consultation is completed.