DEVELOPER PAUSES ROUNDABOUT WORKS
There have been a number of complaints from residents recently over the seemingly never-ending roundabout works at Redfields Lane/A287. The work was being carried out as part of an agreement with developers who were working on a nearby housing site but there has been no progress on the project for a few weeks, leading to questions about the “abandoned” project.
Hampshire County Councillor Stephen Parker has been looking into the problem and has been to visit the site. He commented:
A number of residents have observed that work seems to have stopped on the A287/Redfields Lane roundabout, and have reasonably asked why. This is a bit tricky, and I am trying to resolve it.
Many residents will know that the original developer Martin Grant homes has sold the housing site in Redfields Lane to Vistry Homes. Officers in Highways Development Planning are working with Hampshire County Council’s legal department to understand the ramifications of works already started under a S278 agreement (which is how such highway works are funded) and then the site being sold onwards. This is unprecedented so it’s taking a while to resolve.”
Below: Councillor Stephen Parker at the roadworks in February.
So has the work progressed much since the photos above were taken in February?
Cllr Stephen Parker:
Like a lot of such sites, whilst work may progress, not a lot appears to change. They certainly were working on site for February and March, and a lot of the landscaping has been done where the road has been completed. What is left is primarily the Bowling Alley junction and the making good of the Eastbound ramps.”
Vistry Homes cannot occupy any of the houses on the development until the roundabout is complete, as per the conditions of the planning permission – which was upheld at appeal. That should mean that the new owners will want to get the situation sorted within a decent timeframe. Fingers crossed the situation is sorted soon.
Councillor Stephen Parker:
UPDATE 10th June 2022
Cllr Stephen Parker:
“Further to what has been posted before, the legal situation has been clarified. The legal Section 278 Agreement between Hampshire County Council, Martin Grant Homes and Buxted Construction remains in place and remains valid. It is supported by a bond which guarantees funding in the event that MGH cannot do so (I have no evidence that they won’t). Any variation following the sale of part of the site to another will have to be acceptable to County Highways.
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