There is a lack of cohesive planning for the area resulting in gridlocked roads, increasing pollution levels, emergency services being unable to cope with increased demand and traffic jams preventing them from reaching their response times. There are over subscribed schools, doctors and hospitals. Consequently there is a decline in the well being of the local population resulting in illness, depression and increased demand on health services. This opportunity to plan well for the future needs to be strategic and well balanced over the whole geographic area.
Accepting that the housing need is not the control of the Council, and that these houses need to be built somewhere, in order to encourage less pollution loads of transport could develops be required to provide an electric vehicle changing point for each house that is built. Could the developers also be required to fund the subsidy to allow a descent , frequent, cheap public transport system around the Borough. In conjunction with HCC, Portsmouth & Southampton City council, could park & Rides be established at junctions 3,4,5,7,8,9,10,11,12 of the M27 with a subsidised bus service running along the M27 between the park & ride & linking local bus services to transport people into the towns & cities. If this is done well I believe the commuter traffic on the M27 could be significantly reduces, but if required a plan that covers the M27 to the M3 up to Winchester. The Currant improvements to the A27 to aid traffic flow will largely be negated by the housing proposal near J9 of the M27. In addition, the only Junction on the A27 from station roundabout to J9 M27 that does not have pedestrian crossing id the junction with Peak Lane & Catisfield Rd. The estate south of the A27 have 4 schools yet the nearest Play parks is north of the A27 in Blackbrown park. The means children have to cross a busy junction on the A27 to access a play park & also Dr’s on Highlands Rd.
There are obvious infra issues, which I will not comment here: medical, employment, schools, dentists, police. My concerns would be the increased utilities (gas, water, IT, waste). Can we be reassured that our current levels of service will be retained; waste collection, access to data (www). Will we be expected to pay the same council charge. Has an environmental assessment been carried out. What is the transport plan to move increased vehicles from Portchester – Fareham etc. In summary 250-500 new homes = more requirement for infra and services.