A Farnborough councillor has said residents are ‘up in arms’ over plans to build 159 flats and houses in Southwood.
Legal and General (L&G) Property Partners, aim to demolish the six buildings on the site of The Crescent in Southwood Business Park and build nine one-bedroom flats, 27 two-bed flats, 26 two-bed houses, two three-bed flats, 79 three-bed houses and 16 four-bed houses.
Access to the site is proposed to be from a new access on Southwood Road with a new spine road running through the centre of the site providing the main vehicular and pedestrian route, connecting with the play and amenity spaces in the south and north of the site.
But Farnborough West councillor Mark Staplehurst, says the development will only compound current transport problems in the area, which include the fact that the area could lose its only public bus route in six months time following Stagecoach’s decision to discontinue the number nine service.
Hampshire County Council has stepped in to subsidise the route while options to make the service more commercially viable are sought.
Cllr Staplehurst said: “Southwood estate, residents are up in arms about that.
“If you try going along Southwood Road, Cove Road or Fleet Road at kicking out time it is absolute chaos.
“They’re building these houses with no public transport infrastructure and expecting people to walk all the way to Fleet Road to get a bus.
He added he was now looking to set up a petition to keep the bus service going.
Consultation on the proposed development at the Crescent closed on Wednesday November 16, receiving 40 public comments on the Rushmoor Borough Council planning portal, with 35 letters objecting the proposals, four neutral and one supporting the plans.