A congested road network will be tackled as part of a huge new housing development.
Hampshire County Council, the highway authority, has committed to working with East Hampshire District Council and developers to improve the transport infrastructure around the new development on farmland to the east of Horndean, close to junction two of the A3(M).
I am pleased to see these improvements are to be made to our roads and they are something we will all benefit from.Cllr Sara Schillemore
Around 700 new homes and a host of new community facilities are being built.
To accommodate the extra traffic, the county council and developer will be putting in place a long list of improvements to junctions, cycleway and pedestrian routes. The works will include improved access to train stations at Rowlands Castle and Havant.
In addition, the developer will be responsible for a number of elements including improvements at junction two of the A3(M), a new crossing at Dell Piece East, new access points on Rowlands Castle and the B2149 Havant Road.
Councillor Sean Woodward, who heads transport in Hampshire, said: ‘To support the new housing development east of Horndean, the county council will be delivering a range of highways improvements in the area which include better access to Rowlands Castle and the rail station, local traffic calming, cycle routes and upgrading pedestrian routes.’
Cllr Malcolm Johnson, councillor for Rowlands Castle, added: ‘We now have an opportunity to resolve the traffic chaos at the mini roundabouts at the Shell petrol station, which would be a long overdue improvement.
‘Money will also be spent on improvements within the village, which will be most welcome.’
Cllr Sara Schillemore, a Horndean councillor, said: ‘The development shouldn’t impact too much on the already busy roads around Horndean, as there is easy access to the motorway for residents.
‘Catherington Lane will be one area to benefit from the development. I am pleased to see these improvements are to be made to our roads and they are something we will all benefit from.’
A planning meeting takes place next Thursday at Penns Place, Petersfield, for councillors to formally approve the latest proposals.
PLANS to develop congested routes include:
Improvements to pedestrian and cycle infrastructure along Rowlands Castle Road, Dell Piece East, Dell Piece West, Havant Road, B2149 and Portsmouth Road.
Traffic calming in New Road, Green Road, South Lane, Charlton Lane and London Road, Clanfield.
Bus shelter improvements in Clanfield.
Traffic-calming measures on Victory Avenue, London Road (Havant Road to A3(M)), White Dirt Lane, Merchistoun Estate, Lovedean Lane, Downwood Way, Down House Road, Catherington Lane and Hazleton Way, Horndean.
Cycle route through Clanfield and Horndean providing links to Petersfield and Havant.
Early provision of a two-hectare site for a school and junior football pitch.
A sports pavilion
Cricket pitch and full-size football pitch to club standard.
Four children’s play areas
Space identified for a skatepark.