Residents reveal fears about '˜nightmare' 260-home development in EmsworthÂ
PROPOSALS for 260 homes on a fieldÂ have sparked uproarÂ from residents who met councillors to discussÂ concerns overÂ the '˜nightmare' plans.Â Â
Land and Partners, which plans to build north of Long Copse Lane, Emsworth, has come under fireÂ from the community to abolish the development.
Many fear the plan, part of Havant Borough Council's targetÂ to see 1,700 homes built in Emsworth by 2036, will leadÂ to the '˜destruction' of the town '“Â with itÂ unable to cope with the demands of the proposal.
ResidentsÂ aired their concerns at a meeting attended by councillors and other interested partiesÂ on Saturday.
Colin Hayter, a resident for 30 years, said: '˜There will be a loss ofÂ valuable public and leisure assets like equestrian glamping especially as theÂ lane is popular for tourists, rambling groups, dog walkers, horse-riders andÂ cyclists.
'˜It's aÂ historic route thatÂ is aÂ rich hub of bio-diversity with valuableÂ trees, plants and rare and endangered wildlife. TheÂ proposed development will make a fundamental change to the character of the lane and loss of its leisure and tourism potential forever.'
He continued: '˜It is not a sustainable site. Medical facilities, schooling, shops, public transportÂ will require vehicular movement for access while there will beÂ increased traffic, as well as theÂ lane not beingÂ wide enough.'
Fears were also raised at the meeting overÂ the heavy clay soil, water run off, drainage and potential flooding of properties down hill that could be caused by the plans.
Westbourne Parish councillor Piers Mason said the plans were '˜totally inappropriate' and would lead to traffic in theÂ area using it as a '˜rat run'.
Resident Andrew Hunnibal added: '˜We feel we've got a strong case and will keep going with our efforts. We hope they will see the strengthÂ of our case and make the rightÂ decision.'
Leader of Havant Borough Council MichaelÂ WilsonÂ revealed the authority had a '˜headache' in trying to resolve the issue especiallyÂ with housing demandsÂ laid down by government.
He Â added: Â '˜We are waiting to getÂ up-to-date traffic data on the impact to the area which could affect our thinking.'