PREFERRED routes for a bypass and a new road which will help alleviate traffic coming into and out of Gosport have been approved.
The two roads are part of a £90m package of works designed to improve traffic flow from Gosport through Fareham and on to the M27.
Yesterday the Stubbington bypass and Newgate Lane South routes were signed off by Hampshire County Council’s transport boss Sean Woodward, meaning a planning application will now be submitted.
Despite a majority of residents – 86 per cent – voting in favour of the roads in a consultation held last year, some residents are still unhappy about the plans, as the new road will cut within 20m of their houses.
Woodcote Lane resident Penny Teversham said her neighbours still had concerns about how close Newgate Lane South would be and the impact have on the environment.
She said: ‘I was disappointed. The road is far too close to our properties. It is also too close to the wildlife habitat, the road could damage established wildlife and ancient hedgerows.’
Cllr Chris Wood, who represents Crofton, spoke in favour of the plan but said residents needed to taken into consideration.
He said: ‘Our bypass is vital to the success of the Daedalus Enterprise Zone and to secure 3,000 jobs on the site.
‘But we must ensure traffic is taken around Stubbington and Hill Head because the level of congestion and the number of heavy lorries charging through the village is unacceptable.’
Cllr Woodward signed off the plans and said that residents will get a chance to have their say in the six weeks before the plans go to committee and at a special Community Action team meeting in Stubbington, the date of which is yet to be announced.
If permission can be secured, I’m hopeful the new government will look favourably at funding the bypass.Executive member for transport Sean Woodward
He said: ‘They are both much-needed schemes, to not only alleviate pressure on the highway network but also to improve safety and open up the potential of the area to economic success.
‘If permission can be secured, I’m hopeful the new government will look favourably at funding the bypass.’
It is hoped the works will be completed by 2017, although this could vary with the bypass due to the planning process.
Funding has been secured for the planning application but not the £30m it will take to build it, which will need to be applied for from government.