RESIDENTS called on a council to refuse plans for a new hotel and restaurant in Havant at a meeting last night.
Community leaders said the 80-bedroom Travelodge hotel and 300-cover restaurant would lead to congestion and noise pollution and was too large for Bosmere Field, a green space near the Langstone roundabout off the A27.
But Gary Medlow, managing director of Fasset Ltd, which runs Langstone Technology Park and is proposing the development, said a budget hotel was vital for the business park to survive in an increasingly competitive market.
Views for and against the development were expressed as residents, councillors and developers gathered at Havant’s Public Service Plaza to discuss plans before a formal planning application is submitted.
The meeting heard the hotel would be two-storey and there would be 155 parking spaces.
The restaurant would be a farmhouse-style ‘Cloverleaf’ restaurant, run by brewery Greene King.
Gareth Brown, from Langstone Village Association, said: ‘Without question noise pollution would be a major issue, particularly to the houses in that area.
‘The noise pollution which at the moment stops at 5pm or 6pm would go on until 11.30pm or midnight.’
He said the development would not benefit Havant town centre.
‘It needs hotels inside the centre,’ he said.
Angela Armstrong, chairwoman of Langstone Residents’ Association, said: ‘The feedback from our members is the scale is far too large for this location.’
But Mr Medlow said: ‘I truly believe a budget hotel is a much-needed business park asset as well as being good for our tourism and the local economy. The creation of 100-plus jobs cannot be sniffed at.’
He said the business park brought millions of pounds to Havant every year by employees visiting the shops.
‘You have got to be able to provide the necessary infrastructure for these very demanding companies,’ he said.