Government gives the green light to 700-home plans

File picture: New homes are planned
File picture: New homes are planned
The countryside surrounding Harting Down in the South Downs National Park, in West Sussex.

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THE government has given the all-clear for a major greenfield development to proceed.

Ministers put a delay on East Hampshire District Council granting formal planning permission for the 700-home estate on a huge stretch of farmland to the east of Horndean.

It came after a former Horndean parish councillor, Michael Homewood, wrote to the secretary of state.

There were concerns about traffic, the impact on the nearby national park, and the potential contamination of underground water springs.

The development includes a new primary school, a care village for the elderly, and sports facilities.

Councillors voted to approve the bid in principle at a meeting in April.
Planning minister Brandon Lewis confirmed the government would not be calling in the plans.

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery said: ‘The Hazleton and Pyle Farm development has always had the overwhelming support of local residents.

‘The decision by Brandon Lewis is also crucial to the future of the south of Butser area because it will allow the council to resist unsuitable development in the future.

‘There was fear in the community that the development would be blocked and developers would simply be able to cherry-pick green spaces to meet housing need.’

Mr Homewood said: ‘I am still fearful that we are creating a monster. We have no infrastructure.

‘Emsworth is smaller than Horndean. You go to Alresford, where the MP lives, and look at all the shops there.

‘Waterlooville is going to become a major service centre but it’s not going to be in the town – it’s going to be out on the industrial estates.’

Horndean councillor Guy Shepherd said: ‘This is excellent news and it means we can continue to work over the next six weeks to ensure the community gets the best we can from the developer as we conclude the detail in the Section 106 agreement.’

A geological survey must be carried out to fully investigate the springs, which supply drinking water.