More of Clanfield’s green fields eyed up by developers

CONCERNED Cllr Brian Ahern
CONCERNED Cllr Brian Ahern

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YET more green fields are set to be lost in Clanfield as a developer bids to build up to 200 new homes.

A consultation is being held next week over plans by David Wilson Homes to put up an estate at Down Farm, off Green Lane.

It comes as developer Taylor Wimpey also eyes up land just a mile away at White Dirt Farm, off Southdown Road, for up to 220 properties.

Both parcels of land have been put forward by the landowners as potential sites for inclusion in East Hampshire district council’s housing blueprint.

And last week the local authority held a consultation with residents on where 700 new homes should be built in the Horndean, Catherington and Clanfield areas.

It has been told by the government it must make land available for the huge number of houses to comply with planning laws.

Clanfield resident Cheryl Cantrill, 47, of Ridge Close, said: ‘People have chosen to live in Clanfield because it is semi-rural and not part of a town.

‘This doesn’t seem to matter. Developers aren’t interested in the locality, just the bottom line. It is residents who have to live with these decisions.

‘Brownfield sites such as the Bordon-Whitehill ecotown could sustain an increase in house building rates – which is much better for the environment – as this means less building on greenfield sites like what is left of Green Lane.’

She added: ‘I despair because in 20 to 30 years time future generations will be asking why our generation decimated the lovely green and pleasant land that was rural England.’

Brian Ahern, chairman of Clanfield Parish Council, said he was under the impression that because planning permission was given for 275 homes further down Green Lane, Down Farm would not be touched.

Meanwhile, Councillor Dorothy Denston says she has been inundated with calls from residents concerned that a protected nature reserve has been included in the land allocation plan.

She said: ‘I can assure them that the site discussed at the exhibition in Merchistoun Hall is Hazleton Farm, which lies between the B2149 and the A3M, and not Hazleton Common.’

The Green Lane consultation is on Monday, from 2pm to 7.30pm, at Petersgate Infant School, Green Lane.