Traffic concern as plans for 95 homes off Hampton Dene Road, Hereford, are put on display (From Ledbury Reporter)
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Traffic concern as plans for 95 homes off Hampton Dene Road, Hereford, are put on display
PEOPLE living near a proposed housing development in Hereford, that could see up to 95 homes being built, have been giving their verdict on the scheme.
Gladman Developments want to build the houses on land off Hampton Dene Road, near the Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School and St Paul’s Primary School.
A public exhibition of the plans were displayed by the firm at Bishops School last week.
Nearby residents told the Hereford Times they were against the plans because of the problems currently experienced on Hampton Dene Road.
“I think that is absolutely appalling,” said Margaret Joel. “If anyone looks at the traffic at 8.30am every weekday, they can see the problem.
“Emergency services cannot get through because people park on both sides of the road.”
Her husband Ken added that the entrance of the access lane should not be on a bend and school buses already struggle to get down the road.
“We live right opposite it and I cannot see for the life of me what they can do to improve the problems without asking the parents not to park there. It’s just chaotic.”
The news has also not gone well with people in nearby Hampton Bishop –Hampton Dene Road is part of its parish.
Last year a 195-homes scheme was given the goahead as part of the Hereford Rugby Club development, which is due to be the subject of a judicial review later this year.
If the approval stands then residents feel another 95 properties would cause more flooding problems.
“If you build on land, it will only get worse,” said Lynda Wilcox, clerk to Hampton Bishop Parish Council.
“The worry of people in Hampton Bishop about any development application is if it will affect the village and exacerbate the already difficult flooding position.”
Judith Sandercock, also from Hampton Bishop, added that most of the schools in Tupsley are already full and it makes no sense to build any houses in Hampton Dene.
However, the scheme has got the backing of Councillor Jim Kenyon, ward member for Tupsley, who said that there is a need for housing in the area.
“If they can get the transport aspects right, then I’m for it,” he said. “They are good, quality houses and 35 per cent of them are affordable.”
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