RESIDENTS shared their views on plans for a new park-and-ride and health campus near Romsey.

Dozens of people flocked to Nursling and Rownhams Village Hall on Monday afternoon to look at the proposals for a permanent park-and-ride and a health campus at Adanac Park in Nursling .

As previously reported, the permanent park-and-ride, if approved, will have 1,000 spaces and be used by staff at University Hospital Southampton(UHS).

Meanwhile, the health campus facility will provide a group of buildings for use by UHS and other healthcare organisations for purposes such as clinical facilities, training centres or administrative spaces.

At the public consultation residents raised their concerns about the impact the new scheme will have on traffic and questioned representatives of Prime plc, which is set to put the planning application forward.

Lidia Matusiak, 32, from Nursling, lives near the proposed site and said: “There are still a lot of things that are unanswered.

“All of us are concerned about cars around that area. The traffic is particularly bad at the moment.

“The concern is they go ahead, they build this development and the infra- structure never gets finished.”

Samuel Judd, whose house is near the site, said he was concerned about the height of the new buildings which would be part of the health campus.

According to the proposal, the new buildings would be a mix of one, three and four storeys.

But developers said the details were still being finalised.

And while some residents were sceptical about the impact of the scheme on traffic, others welcomed the plans saying it will reduce traffic congestion at the hospital.

Barry Rinaldi, 62, retired, from Nursling, said: “I don’t have a problem with that at all. It is a shame that we are losing a green space but that is life at the moment.

“But if they are putting in an NHS facility I don’t have a problem with it.”

Developers said the initial plan is to open the park- and-ride to NHS staff only but there was the possibility the facility will be made open to the public in the future.

They also said the car park would reduce traffic on local roads as staff members who travel via the M271 would be able to park their cars before they entered the residential area.

Ewan Forsyth, development director at Prime plc, said: “The whole area of this site was always intended for development of offices and industrial buildings, and the local infrastructure is designed to cope with traffic to be generated by this.

“What we have to do is to ensure that our proposals are in line with the expec- tations of traffic in this area.”

The planning application is expected to be submitted to Test Valley Borough Council next month.