‘Rat run’ traffic fears as 86 new homes are planned for Cowplain

The area, in red, where the new homes are planned will be built.
The area, in red, where the new homes are planned will be built.
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TRAFFIC worsening down a road already described as a ‘rat run’ is the main concern among locals after proposals for 86 new homes have been pushed forward.

Bellway Homes wants to build on Padnell Grange, off Padnell Road in Cowplain, and will discuss its plans at a public Development Consultation Forum in Havant.

The brownfield site backs on to Cherry Tree Avenue, Hazleton Wood and Waterlooville Golf Club, and is occupied by historic building Padnell Grange – which will be knocked down.

Cherry Tree Avenue residents said they aren’t against homes being built – but that 86 is too much. Others have no problems and said building has to happen.

Angela Boyes, 61, has lived there for nine years and said: ‘Cherry Tree is already a rat run and with 86 new homes there will be more traffic and parking problems – it’s already terrible.

‘On the whole I think the plan is good, it’s not that we don’t want any houses there at all, but 86 is too many.

‘We’re very private at the back and the trees are coming down.’

Plans include a mix of two and two-and-a-half storey homes, plus a block of three-storey apartments.

The majority of the site has been earmarked for homes in the Draft Local Plan 2036 – Havant Borough Council’s housing blueprint for the borough.

The site’s far north-east corner is not part of the council’s plan but Bellway has asked the authority if it can include this within its planning application.

Bellway said the homes which back on to those at Cherry Tree Avenue have been ‘carefully positioned’ to ensure there is sufficient separation, to avoid overlooking and to safeguard privacy.

Sue Nicholls, 69, has lived at the corner of Cherry Tree and Padnell Road for 28 years.

She said: ‘House number 86 on the master plan is right behind my bungalow and another one, on the edge of the site. 

‘It’s like they’ve squeezed the last home in on a little bit of land. I don’t think that’s ‘sufficient separation’.

‘Plus the traffic here is horrendous.’

Bellway said the majority of protected trees will be retained with a tree only removed if it is a weaker specimen. The retained trees will be complemented by selective new planting.’

It said conifer trees on the north west boundary however will be removed, which is what has lead to residents’ privacy concerns.

Eddie Borrow, a local farmer who used to own the land, is buried at the site. He used to own the site that Age UK’s Borrow Centre sits on.

Janet Penny, 73, has lived at Cherry Tree for 51 years with husband Gordon. She said: ‘We’ve known for years the land will be built on, it’s got to happen. It doesn’t bother us too much because we’ve got quite a long garden so it won’t be close.

Mr Penny, 77, added: ‘It’s not too much of a worry, I don’t think it will really affect us, but I am concerned about the extra traffic. This is a terrible road because people use it to cut through.’

Locals can attend the forum in the council chambers at The Plaza, Civic Centre Road, on Tuesday, December 11 at 6.30pm.

They can complete feedback forms with comments at the end.