RESIDENTS are feeling positive about plans to build more than 3,000 houses in Whiteley.
A public consultation was held yesterday to show the proposed plans for the north of the town which will have 3,500 new homes, three schools, new roads and two community centres.
At the exhibition, held at Meadowside Leisure Centre, near Whiteley shopping centre, members of the public could speak to developers about concerns or praises they had.
Couple Dennis and Sue Hughes, from Whiteley, were happy with the plans.
Mr Hughes said: ‘I think the proposal is good.
‘There are reasonable parts to it like the housing and the schools but also the wildlife areas.
‘I think it will have enough environment to keep residents happy.
‘The roads also look very good although I do have concerns that the main road could become a rat run.’
The new route, called Bluebell Way, will connect Whiteley Way to Botley Road, in Curdridge.
Mr Hughes added: ‘People could use the main route to get to Botley quickly which could cause more traffic.
‘We would have to see if a by-pass could be built to avoid this.’
But he added the schools and community centres are a good edition.
His wife, Mrs Hughes, agreed.
She said: ‘All the extra facilities are very good.
‘I like the community centres because I think with the number of houses facilities like these will be needed.
‘I am not too concerned about the 3,500 houses because we were told from the start that would be the number.’
A planning application is hoped to be handed in to Winchester City Council early next year with a decision being made by April.
The first set of houses could then be built by 2016.
The development would be complete around 20 years later with several phases of development starting in the south and making it’s way north.
Councillor Mike Evans, chairman of Whiteley Town Council, said: ‘We have had very positive feedback from residents about the plans.
‘I think it is important to get the planning application handed in because this development has been around for years.
‘There have been some concerns about the roads but roads have always be a problem in Whiteley and we hope we can tackle them.’
For more information visit whiteleytowncouncil.co.uk