Eastleigh Borough Council have granted planning permission for 58 new homes on a site to the west of Romill Close in West End. The plans were approved at the HEWEB (Hedge End, West End and Botley) Local Area Committee meeting, held on 7th November.
The greenfield site borders the M27 motorway, the A27 and existing residential and industrial developments and adjoins a conservation area.
The development includes an alteration to a 19th Century wall, to provide a gate which will allow access to the new development.
Because noise levels prevent homes from being built too close to the Motorway, some green space will be retained.
Cllr Bruce Tennant expressed particular concern over a new road junction that will link the new development to the busy A27 and suggested that traffic lights would be appropriate, but was told by the Case Officer from Eastleigh Borough Council’s Planning Department that the Transport Assessment had concluded that the lights were not needed because the number of vehicle movements in & out of the new development would be small and that the new junction was considered to be safe.
Several local residents queried the existing speed limit in Romill Close and it was agreed that this would be taken up separately with Hampshire County Council, independently of the planning application.
One resident also queried whether it was essential to release this reserve land, to build on protected woodland and in a conservation area. Particularly as another development a little further down the A27 had not yet been completed and was being developed in a piecemeal fashion, as and when houses were sold. Was there really the demand for this new development..?
A representative from the developers, Gleeson Homes said that
the nearby development was for a different type of property, i.e large executive homes.
Cllr Tennant concluded that;
The killer reasons why he would reluctantly support the development were that
- new sites were needed so the Borough could maintain the 5yr supply for new housing development.
- this has been a reserve site for some time
- it is also allocated for housing in the new local plan
Cllr Keith House summed up by saying
He had been opposed to the neighbouring Upmill Close development, which destroyed the rural nature of the area and had set a precedent which had made the development of the Romill Close site inevitable.
and added that
development of this site protects other sites around the Borough.
Cllr House agreed that the new junction with the A27 would make it “difficult” for traffic to join the A27 and added that
Buyers of these properties will know what they are getting into when they make the purchase.
All Councillors agreed that a Toucan crossing was essential to this scheme, to provide pedestrians with a safe way of crossing the busy A27.