ROADS that will make reaching the Gosport peninsula easier and quicker for motorists have taken another step forward.
Plans for the new Newgate Lane South, which will connect Newgate Lane to Peel Common Roundabout, were signed off at a county council meeting yesterday.
As reported, Hampshire’s regulatory committee finally gave planning permission for the road earlier this month, after years of planning.
Yesterday’s meeting saw executive member for transport councillor Sean Woodward grant permission for the council to buy the land so it can build the one-mile road.
Cllr Woodward said: ‘The scheme has been through a number of public consultations and has received very high levels of public support from people in Fareham and Gosport.
‘It has been to the county’s regulatory committee twice and has received planning consent, and the funding has been guaranteed.
‘It has a high level of public support, permission and funding, but that does not mean it will happen as we have to now acquire the land.’
He gave approval for the land to be bought, and if the negotiations between the authority and landowners are unsuccessful, a compulsory purchase order can be made, although these can take two years to complete and the council hopes that works will start on the road in 2017.
Opposition councillor Lib Dem David Simpson spoke at the meeting, representing residents of Woodcote Lane who are unhappy with the new road.
He asked Cllr Woodward to allow the old Newgate Lane to stay open to residents and to redesign the junction, although Cllr Woodward said it was too late in the process to make changes to design.
At the same meeting, Cllr Woodward also gave the go-ahead to create a second lane on the approach to the Anns Hill Road/Privett Road junction in Gosport.
As part of this work, the traffic signals will be upgraded and the existing pedestrian crossings replaced with puffin signal controlled crossing points.
This scheme will cost £290,000, funded from developer contributions, and it aims improve safety, ease congestion and speed up the Eclipse bus.