Mum who swapped city life for country life is worried countryside is under threat

Angry residents gather next to the field off Highcroft Lane and Chalk Hill Road, Horndean, that has been earmarked for housing
Angry residents gather next to the field off Highcroft Lane and Chalk Hill Road, Horndean, that has been earmarked for housing
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A MUM who moved out of Portsmouth for a more peaceful life is dismayed that the countryside may be getting concreted over.

It comes as residents face a fresh fight to stop Horndean becoming a sprawling housing estate as two public inquiries are on the cards.

Developers have appealed against East Hampshire District Council’s decision to refuse housing on two key sites in the village.

The appeals came just days before the end of the six-month appeal window.

Plans to build 50 homes on a horse field off Chalk Hill Road were refused in May following massive opposition from residents.

Another plan to build 15 homes in the grounds of Crookley Park, the home of Blendworth Furnishings, was also refused by the council.

The government inspector will now decide whether the applications should be approved.

Karen Grant, who lives opposite Chalk Hill Road, moved to Horndean from Portsmouth four years to bring up her family.

The 35-year-old mum told The News: ‘I am very angry about it.

‘I have two dogs and it’s lovely to walk through there.

‘It’s so quiet and lovely, it’s one of the reasons we bought the house. To see an estate there would be devastating.’

She added: ‘We moved from Portsmouth as that is getting more and more built up. We figured it was a quiet area with good schools.

‘We pay a lot of council tax compared to what you pay in Portsmouth and you expect to get a little bit more for your money.’

The horse pasture is next to the Lith, which has a variety of wildlife, including deer.

Horndean Councillor Lynn Evans said: ‘We shall be re-iterating all the objections we had before.’

Horndean has a housing target of 700 homes – which has now been met by the recently-approved Hazleton Farm estate.

Sara Schillemore, another councillor for Horndean, said the council was in a strong position to fight its corner.

‘Horndean has achieved its housing allocation,’ she said.