PLANS for 700 new homes on land between Horndean and Rowlands Castle are a step closer to becoming a reality.
Developers Highwood Group have taken the proposals to the public for a second time after making several changes to the plans following a consultation.
Horndean’s requirement for housing is around 700 and many residents prefer the idea of having a new, large estate, rather than piecemeal development across the area.
An exhibition was held at Napier Hall, Horndean, yesterday and developer Simon Beech said an application will be submitted to East Hampshire District Council within weeks.
He added: ‘This is much more than just a housing development.
‘There will be 30 much-needed allotments, a community building, a one-form school. It’s a natural extension of a town whereas the other sites are small pieces of housing here and there.’
Katie Mann, of Cricket Drive, is a member of Lovedean Residents’ Association. She is in favour of the development.
Mrs Mann said: ‘I’m very impressed.
‘I went to the previous exhibition and I do feel that the comments made there have been listened to.
‘Personally I was worried about the ecological side of things but they have put my mind at rest.
‘And this also puts all the required housing that we must have in the area in one place.’
But there is uncertainty at the moment whether the 700 homes will come off Horndean’s allocation or Rowlands Castle’s or both.
At a recent planning hearing in Rowlands Castle a desperate need for retirement homes in the area was highlighted – and developers have addressed that.
Mr Beech said: ‘There will be a retirement village which will include a 60-bed care home and up to 80 retirement units.
‘We have carried out a demographic study which shows a very strong demand for accommodation as well as over-55 care.’
But not everyone was happy.
‘It seems rather a lot of houses,’ said Haydn Fletcher, of Wentworth Drive.
‘Are people really going to want to flood into Horndean to live?’