‘Lovedean may grow by more than a half under plan’

Christine Jordan and husband Cliff Jordan looking at plans for the proposed housing development in Lovedean Lane, Lovedean. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (14153-941)
Christine Jordan and husband Cliff Jordan looking at plans for the proposed housing development in Lovedean Lane, Lovedean. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (14153-941)
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A FRESH fight has been launched by residents after another controversial homes development is on the cards for Lovedean.

Many people were left disappointed after East Hampshire District Council approved Bargate Homes’ plan for 40 homes on a field off Lovedean Lane amid fears the village character is disappearing.

Now Southcott Homes has submitted plans for 38 homes on the adjacent field.

Steve and Pauline Anderson, who live in Lovedean, wrote to The News about their concerns.

They said: ‘If the Southcott application is allowed, it will mean that Lovedean, currently some 115 houses, will grow by 80 further properties – a staggering increase of 70 per cent with absolutely no increase or improvement in amenities for our village, just an increase in traffic movements and flood risk.

‘These developments are entirely contrary to the Lovedean Village Design Statement that we should not have “backland development up the valley sides” in our village.

‘Planning applications for housing developments are being pushed through by councils which will blight numerous areas for years to come. Our children will ask “what on earth were they thinking about? they have totally ruined the area”.’

They added: ‘We do need many new houses in the UK, particularly low cost ones; however no consideration is being given to concerns regarding flooding, adequate foul water removal, lack of school places, public transport availability, and doctors’ surgeries.’

Meanwhile, several objections have been submitted to the council.

One said: ‘My husband and I are sitting here discussing the possibility of moving.

‘That is how strongly we object to this intrusion into our rural community. Stop these preposterous developments in rural areas where there are no amenities for people. You’re destroying our heritage and countryside with these monstrosities when there are other more suitable sites available.’

A planning report by Southcott Homes states there are facilities within 2km, such as Woodcroft Primary School and Tesco Express. Their report adds: ‘The scheme will deliver a high quality residential environment and will help to meet the significant shortfall in deliverable housing sites.’