Junction plans spark row due to traffic fears

Cllr Chris Wood in Stubbington Lane
Cllr Chris Wood in Stubbington Lane
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PLANS to build a new road have come under fire from residents worried about increased traffic.

The proposed junction on Stubbington Lane in Lee-on-the-Solent will lead to the Daedalus business park and residents say it will attract more traffic to the area.

A planning application has been submitted to Fareham Borough Council from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Seventy people have written to the authority to object, saying that they already have difficulties getting out of their driveways during peak times and raising fears about increased dangers to schoolchildren using the road.

Stubbington ward councillor Chris Wood does not support the scheme and said that some residents were not notified of the application.

He said: ‘This will vastly increase the amount of traffic commuting through Stubbington and Hill Head, particularly as Daedalus is developed over the next few years.

‘This proposal goes against the principles behind the works on Newgate Lane and the Stubbington bypass, which aim to reduce congestion and take traffic away from residential areas.’

The former HMS Daedalus is undergoing major redevelopment, including the creation of a Centre of Excellence in Engineering and Manufacturing Advanced Skills Training and the Solent Enterprise Zone.

Hill Head ward councillor Tim Knight said: ‘These plans are part of a scheme that will employ thousands of people on the Daedalus site. Without this junction the employment of these people won’t be able to happen.’

Executive member for transport county councillor Sean Woodward said that if the council refused the plans, then it could be liable to pay millions of pounds to the applicant.

He said: ‘The outline plans for this junction were approved three years ago. These new plans only deal with the details.

‘Ward councillor Tim Knight has been working with the county council to minimise the junction’s impact on Stubbington Lane.’

Cllr Woodward said that Stubbington Lane residents had been made aware of the application three years ago.

A decision will be made on Wednesday at 2.30pm.