A new road to help ease congestion on Hamble Lane and a new country park to secure the green gap with Southampton is set to go ahead following the decision by Bursledon, Hamble and Hound Local Area Committee to resolve to permit a development of 200 new homes on the former Bursledon Car Boot site. This follows on from an outline planning permission for the scheme that was originally granted in 2017.
The new road will run through the site from Bursledon Road and connect to the Taylor Wimpey site. The new road, which will be built as a priority, will help to relieve congestion on Hamble Lane as it is has been agreed that the current access will be closed on completion of the new road. Additionally the creation of a new open space for local people will ensure that an important countryside gap is maintained with Southampton.
By purchasing the land of the former Bursledon car boot site last year, the Council has taken a proactive approach in the delivery of new homes. Crucially, this means that infrastructure that is essential to the local area such as community facilities or transport links and maintaining local distinctiveness by preserving countryside gaps can be delivered.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Keith House and portfolio lead for Housing and Development says "We have taken a proactive approach in purchasing the land of the former car boot site as we are committed to delivering homes for local people, but this needs to be done responsibly and with the needs of the local area in mind. The new road reinforces our commitment to tackling congestion and at the same time the new open space will ensure that we preserve our gap with Southampton."
He added, “The Council is also continuing its commitment in working to deliver new homes for private rent at market value and ensure they are available for everyone including family friendly tenancies”