Likely sites for hundreds of new homes are revealed

Land off Scratchface Lane in Bedhampton''Picture:Steve Reid 102918-31
Land off Scratchface Lane in Bedhampton''Picture:Steve Reid 102918-31
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THE likely locations for hundreds of new homes across the Havant borough have been revealed.

The Conservative cabinet has approved a public consultation on dozens of sites that have been short-listed for development.

It comes after an earlier round of consultation where more than 1,400 people made their views known about where homes should be built.

Planning officers have now analysed the feedback and come up with a short list of sites.

If finally approved by the government next year, the sites will be adopted into the Local Plan.

Officers have allocated 2,788 homes at greenfield and brownfield sites across the borough.

This is to meet the target of 6,300 homes by 2026.

The remainder has been met by development that has already been approved since 2006 – when the target was set – as well as ‘windfall’ development, where householders develop small parcels of land, such as large gardens.

Big developments like Hampshire Farm, in Emsworth, and Woodcroft Farm, Wecock, will also add to the total.

Several controversial sites that were in the original consultation have been excluded, such as Horse Field in Emsworth and fields off Goldring Close, Hayling.

Lorraine Clode, chairwoman of Emsworth Residents’ Association, said she was ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the housing targets and was pleased they were lower than anticipated.

But she said places like Horse Field were not safe yet.

She said: ‘Although it’s discounted, it could be brought back again.

‘The important thing is residents comment on these sites and give their reasons for or against development there.’

Councillor David Guest, in charge off planning at Havant Borough Council, said: ‘It’s a fantastic piece of work.

‘It’s been done very diligently by professional officers who have listened to what people have said and considered all the options.’

He added: ‘The sites put forward have been determined after a lot of public consultation.

‘This now has to go through the remainder of the process to decide what goes into the final version of the plan.’

The consultation starts on November 9 and ends on December 21.

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