Neighbours fight homes firm over ‘garden grabbing’

NOT HAPPY Residents in Yoells Crescent in Lovedean who are worried about the development behind their homes if land is sold.    Picture: Paul Jacobs

NOT HAPPY Residents in Yoells Crescent in Lovedean who are worried about the development behind their homes if land is sold. Picture: Paul Jacobs

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NEIGHBOURS are fighting plans to build 16 homes on their doorstep – but their neighbours have helped developers by selling part of their gardens.

Plans to build 16 homes along the bottom of eight gardens in Frogmore Lane, Lovedean, Waterlooville, have been met with anger from residents in Yoells Crescent, which backs on to the site.

They say the ‘garden grabbing’ development will destroy the seclusion they bought their homes for.

Developer Hood House is believed to have bought the bottom of the eight gardens and is awaiting permission from Havant Borough Council to start work.

One of the campaigners, Jo Parker, speaking on behalf of a 20-strong group of Yoells Crescent residents, said: ‘I came back from playgroup to see they had taken several trees down at the end of the garden. I looked out again later that day and even more had gone.

‘I was shocked. I went and knocked on one of the houses and asked straight out if they’d sold part of their garden and they said “yes”. It was the first I’d heard of it and we were heartbroken.

‘We absolutely love living here, just as it is. It’s secluded and quiet but now we’re going to have houses and flats right along the bottom of our gardens. The flats will be 30ft from our house. They will be able to see straight into our lounge and bedroom.

‘They were put in a position by the developer where it was very difficult for them to say no because it was such a substantial amount of money.

‘In Yoells Crescent we strongly disagree with garden grabbing and are very saddened by it.’

The application for eight houses and eight flats still needs approval from Havant Borough Council. It is expected to be decided by June.

Robert Spencer from developers Hood House, said: ‘We designed the new development as a straight continuation of a very successful development already there, Willowside, which is just further down.’

No residents of Frogmore Lane wanted to talk about the deal when contacted by The News.

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