More than 100 Redbridge residents attend public meeting over plans for Test Lane in Southampton

Residents to fight plans for warehouse they say will loom over homes 'like a prison'

Residents to fight plans for warehouse they say will loom over homes 'like a prison'

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FURIOUS neighbours have vowed to fight plans for a giant industrial complex on the doorstep of their Southampton suburb.

Nearly 100 people packed a public meeting protesting against proposals for major development off Test Lane, Redbridge.

Residents fear that offices and warehouses planned for land close to the Daily Echo’s offices and print works will loom over their homes “like a prison” and lead to a loss of green space.

They complained its 24-hour operation will cause excessive noise, extra pollution and traffic chaos in an area already used as a rat-run by drivers avoiding the M271.

And community activists emphasised their fierce resistance to the proposed 24-hour site by launching a petition opposing the scheme.

Developers Evander Properties faced a barrage of angry questions from residents at last night’s meeting in a marquee at The Ship Inn in Old Redbridge Road.

Company director Neil Dickinson was often interrupted by jeers as he tried to reassure the community he was listening to their views ahead of submitting a planning application to Southampton City Council in September for the site he insists will create up to 750 jobs.

Pre-planning documents show the 16-acre distribution and industrial park’s units would be 45ft tall and contain 305 parking spaces.

Redbridge Residents Association committee member Mark Masters said the size of the development was in conflict with proposals to use the formal landfill site for light industrial use and said: “You are going to have heavy traffic movement, 45ft high slabs of buildings and extra noise and lights.

“It goes totally against recommendations.”

Resident Keith Dumper, 46, said: “It will be like a prison with all those concrete blocks around.”

Neighbours also feared it will destroy open space used by dog walkers, families and by wildlife and migrating birds.

But Mr Dickinson stressed the buildings could be slightly reduced in size and a bund wall and trees would block out noise.

He said the company would put measures in place to prevent vehicles and HGVs turning left onto Test Lane.

He told the meeting: “We think it is a site that will create a lot of jobs and bring significant investment to Southampton.”

The residents association will be doorknocking and leafleting residents in the coming days with their petition.

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10:36am Tue 15 Jul 14

magssoton says...

leave some space for people to breath.!!!
leave some space for people to breath.!!! magssoton
  • Score: 4

12:08pm Tue 15 Jul 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Why don't they take over the empty Ford factory? Only yards from the Motorway.
Why don't they take over the empty Ford factory? Only yards from the Motorway. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 10

12:42pm Tue 15 Jul 14

southy says...

How about this, last mth in June they started to do bio-gas testing and this August the testing will come to an end. around 2 mths of testing for bio gas. how can you get good results in 2mths it should be 2 years at lest longer would be better.

There was close to 200 there last night, Many of the residence did not know about the meeting they had read it in the Echo yesterday. Most of the people that did manage to turn up thought it was a done deal with the Council, Leafetts was drop in the Tates road area. Gover Road, Westover road, Test lane, Old Redbridge road, Coniston road who are the closes to where this contruction is to take place was left out from leaflet dropping, Seems that the Labour party favoured there voters and not every one it concern and this concerns every one in Redbridge and not just a tiny little area that was hand pick
How about this, last mth in June they started to do bio-gas testing and this August the testing will come to an end. around 2 mths of testing for bio gas. how can you get good results in 2mths it should be 2 years at lest longer would be better. There was close to 200 there last night, Many of the residence did not know about the meeting they had read it in the Echo yesterday. Most of the people that did manage to turn up thought it was a done deal with the Council, Leafetts was drop in the Tates road area. Gover Road, Westover road, Test lane, Old Redbridge road, Coniston road who are the closes to where this contruction is to take place was left out from leaflet dropping, Seems that the Labour party favoured there voters and not every one it concern and this concerns every one in Redbridge and not just a tiny little area that was hand pick southy
  • Score: 4

1:13pm Tue 15 Jul 14

03alpe01 says...

Hope they manage to get their voices heard, but developments like this seem to always get the go-ahead no matter what local residents say.
Hope they manage to get their voices heard, but developments like this seem to always get the go-ahead no matter what local residents say. 03alpe01
  • Score: 1

2:06pm Tue 15 Jul 14

southy says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Hope they manage to get their voices heard, but developments like this seem to always get the go-ahead no matter what local residents say.
Well developers was not to happy about it when they left councillor Pope and Whitbread was not to please how the meeting went, they got a roasting from the residence, Must say thank you to the Echo for publishing Yesterday about the meeting, it would of gone pass with out people knowing about it
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Hope they manage to get their voices heard, but developments like this seem to always get the go-ahead no matter what local residents say.[/p][/quote]Well developers was not to happy about it when they left councillor Pope and Whitbread was not to please how the meeting went, they got a roasting from the residence, Must say thank you to the Echo for publishing Yesterday about the meeting, it would of gone pass with out people knowing about it southy
  • Score: 5

2:43pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Hastagger says...

So many derelict buildings and empty spaces in Southampton - use them, don't build on fields. Our great great great grandchildren will not know a blade of grass from a sheaf of wheat, least this incessant urbanisation is stopped still in its tracks.

How about putting a development tax on green fields based on the percentage of empty office space that is already build, this way it would make it more expensive to develop than to utilise what is there.
So many derelict buildings and empty spaces in Southampton - use them, don't build on fields. Our great great great grandchildren will not know a blade of grass from a sheaf of wheat, least this incessant urbanisation is stopped still in its tracks. How about putting a development tax on green fields based on the percentage of empty office space that is already build, this way it would make it more expensive to develop than to utilise what is there. Hastagger
  • Score: 6

12:40pm Wed 16 Jul 14

southy says...

And were was this so called freefinker a meeting right on his door step and he never bothered to turn up. He don't even comment on the article
And were was this so called freefinker a meeting right on his door step and he never bothered to turn up. He don't even comment on the article southy
  • Score: 0

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