Traffic the main concern as plans for Keydell Nurseries’ plans at Rowlands Castle go on show

VIEWS Visitors check out plans to move the location of Keydell Nurseries. Picture: Malcolm Wells (120594-5)
VIEWS Visitors check out plans to move the location of Keydell Nurseries. Picture: Malcolm Wells (120594-5)

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TRAFFIC concerns were raised as people got a chance to see details of a garden centre’s proposed move to a new countryside location.

There were mixed views from visitors who went to a public exhibition of Keydell Nurseries’ plans at Rowlands Castle Parish Hall, Links Lane.

Most of the fears raised appeared to be about the impact of the development on neighbouring roads.

Keydell’s owners want to move the centre from its current site in Havant Road, Horndean, to a 5.4-hectare site at Mays Coppice Farm, off Whichers Gate Road, Rowlands Castle.

Las August the outlined plan was voted down by East Hampshire District Council’s planning committee by nine votes to eight amid concerns the nursery’s new entrance could cause traffic problems in the area.

Tony Hellier, 70, of Greatfield Way, went to look at the plans on Saturday.

He said: ‘I understand why they want to move and have no objections to that.

‘But they need to make sure they look at the traffic in the area.’

The Strange family, who have owned the business for more than 100 years, want to move so they can modernise their nursery, and because the land at Horndean has been suggested as a site for 160 new homes.

David Strange, 55, said: ‘We were disappointed the first time.

‘From my point of view I think the new plans are very environmentally-friendly and have been getting good feedback on the plans from our website.

‘All roads have accidents and to my understanding the ones here have been late at night and due to drink-driving.’

The family’s representative, town planning consultant Caroline Jezeph, said money would be given to Hampshire County Council in order to ease traffic fears.

She said: ‘There will be a financial contribution of £160,000 paid to the county council and that will be used for traffic-calming measures.

‘It will be up to them what will be put in place, but it probably won’t be bumps.

‘They might look at putting bollards in by the entrance, extending the 30mph limit further or bring the road out.’

Around 50 people turned up to the session on Saturday.

The family will look at all feedback before they submit a final plan to the council, probably in April.