Residents claim Denmead road is too tight for new estate

NARROW Old River in Denmead
NARROW Old River in Denmead
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PLANS to build a new housing estate in Denmead have been met by anger from people living nearby.

Hyde Housing Group wants to put up 11 properties in a field behind Old River, in Denmead.

But the entrance to the new estate will be through Old River, and residents say the road is too narrow to cope with traffic from construction lorries and new tenants.

They are also concerned that building on the field, which belongs to Hampshire County Council and is next to Denmead Junior School, will mean their homes will be at risk of flooding.

But the developer, a housing association, says experts have concluded that roads and drainage systems can cope with more homes.

Justine Tuck is a member of Save Our Field Association (Sofa). She said they have no problem with social housing and see the need for affordable homes but the field is not the right place.

On the Sofa website a resident has put up a video of a lorry getting stuck – which Mrs Tuck says is not unusual.

‘They have got to realise that Old River is a narrow road,’ said mother-of-two Mrs Tuck. ‘If they build off this road there is going to be an accident. It is so narrow that large vehicles have to mount the kerb.’

She added: ‘The reason this road is called Old River is because it is adjacent to a flood plain. The field soaks up the water from the buildings around it.’

Denmead Parish Council chairman Neil Lander-Brinkley has asked for slight changes to the proposals but otherwise backs the plan.

He said: ‘We have such a long waiting for affordable homes from people who have strong links to the village but can’t afford to buy here. There are 213 people on it at the moment.’

Hyde said it had commissioned surveys by independent auditors, including a road safety audit and the reports did not identify anything of concern.

It said ground investigations have been commissioned to ensure drainage is sufficient and not connected to the new site.

It added: ‘It is a low-density scheme which, following consultation with the local authority and residents, we believe is what is needed for the area. Much of the site retains a green character with features such as allotments, an ecological zone, gardens and communal space.’