Housing plan off the A3 comes closer to fruition

A masterplan of the development at Hazleton Farm close to the A3(M)
A masterplan of the development at Hazleton Farm close to the A3(M)

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MULTIMILLION pound plans to build 700 homes and much-needed community facilities have been submitted.

It’s been a long time in the making, but plans to redevelop 153 acres of land at Hazleton Farm, close to the A3(M) at Horndean, have finally been presented to East Hampshire District Council.

The plans include 648 homes, 50 flats, four acres of employment land, a new primary school and shops, playing pitches, a cricket pavilion, allotments, as well as highway and cycleway improvements.

A new ‘care village’ could be built on land north of Rowlands Castle Road and include a 60-bedroom care home, as well as more than 100 homes for the elderly.

The proposals were welcomed by community leaders, with Horndean Councillor Guy Shepherd stating that ‘open season on housing’ was over.

The area has been inundated with applications for smaller developments, such as the White Dirt Farm plans, but residents are now pinning their hopes on the fact that Hazleton Farm will meet the 700-home target for Horndean.

Residents have written to the council to praise the plans.

One letter said: ‘It makes sense to me as it will utilise the access to the A3(M) without increased traffic having to go through the village of Horndean itself.

‘The new school and employment possibilities are only to be welcomed to continue to keep Horndean alive.’

Another submission read: ‘Finally a well thought out application that whilst returning a healthy profit for the companies involved offers Horndean exactly what it needs instead of piecemeal development with no social, environmental or economical benefit to the existing residents.’

But leaders in Rowlands Castle remain bewildered as to where they stand.

More than 200 homes are technically within Rowlands Castle parish, but the homes are going to Horndean’s housing quota.

Parish council leader John Pickering said: ‘We are disappointed we have not been adequately consulted on this. It seems very strange that they are proposing that properties built in Rowlands Castle should be credited to Horndean’s target numbers.’

Final decisions will be made by East Hampshire’s planning committee.