We know that government are forcing local authorities to provide enough land allocated for housing.
In the case of the New Forest District, it’s a case of finding room for almost 9000 extra homes in the next 20 year period.
The problem that arises is whether we will have enough infrastructure to support all this extra development.
I am not sure the conservatives have really thought this through.
As the new Local Plan is considered, it will include provision for around 900 new homes to be built just north of Totton.
Judging by present levels of car ownership, this could mean an extra 2,500 cars, most of which will be driven through the centre of Totton at peak times.
From my observation, traffic in Totton already becomes very congested, especially in the mornings when people are commuting to work, evenings when they are coming back and often at weekends when people are out shopping or simply pursuing leisure activities.
There is also the issue of air quality to be considered.
Yes, it would be great for some much needed, affordable, homes to be built in the area, but we also need to carefully consider the impact this will have, especially on our town centre.
The next generation will not look kindly upon the decision makers of today if life becomes unbearable with pollution and congestion.
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I do get a lot of complaints about noise nuisance from lorry traffic, especially in areas where residents are living close by to sites such as Marchwood Industrial Estate and Eling Wharf.