A public consultation took place yesterday (Thursday) on plans to build approximately 250 houses on the northern side of the A52, in between the Hill Side Drive estate and the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks.
This proposed housing is to the north of the Southern Quadrant development on the other side of the A52.
At the consultation to answer enquiries from the public, director of developers Persimmon Homes Daryl Kirkwood said: “The local authority has to deliver so many houses to meet housing needs.”
The development of two, three and four bedroom homes would be on greenfield land owned by Balderson Farms Ltd. Questioned on this, consultant Mike Sibthorp said: “There is not enough brownfield land to meet the demand. Most of the brownfield sites have already gone.”
One woman who attended the consultation, but preferred to remain anonymous, said: “It is a traffic issue. You’ve got the Southern Quadrant, with all the cars from that, you’ve got this lot, and you’ve also got the army coming back to the barracks. And there’s only one access point to this site on Somerby Hill, at a dangerous corner point.”
There was also concern at the order in which this development would be built in relation to the Southern Quandrant and the bypass.
“They’ve got to get the infrastructure right before they put the people in,” she added.
In a document and on boards outlining the plans, the consultants stated: “We have undertaken a detailed Transport Assessment Travel Plan. These have confirmed that the proposed development can be satisfactorily accessed, and can take place in advance of the completion of the Southern Quadrant Link Road.”
After reviewing the feedback from the public during the consultation, the developers intend to submit the application later this year.