Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Redbridge warehouse plan sparks residents row

Field off Test Lane Image copyright Gary Reggae
Image caption Campaigners say the site is one of the few green spaces next to Southampton's busy dockyard

Residents have raised concerns about an "enormous" 45ft-high (13.7m) warehouse that could be built on a field opposite their bungalows in Southampton.

Evander Properties said it planned to build the structure on the field between Test Lane and the M271.

Redbridge Residents' Association says there has been a lack of consultation and that the site is one of the few green spaces next to the busy dockyard.

The council said it was not willing to comment during the consultation period.

'Not happy'

Lorna Furnell, from the residents' association, said: "We knew it was up for sale... but we just never expected such a big building so close to properties.

"It's enormous.

"Residents in the area are not happy and we feel the council has sold the land to make money and not taken us into consideration."

The 16-acre (6 hectare) field, near Nursling, Yeoman Park and Millbrook industrial estates, is earmarked in Southampton City Council's local plan for commercial development.

The council confirmed it owned the land and that it was allocated for employment uses.

Neil Dickinson, from Evander Properties, said the company was "very excited about building on the success of Southampton's economy".

"We are partway through the public consultation and look forward to collating all the community and stakeholder feedback over the coming weeks," he said.

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