Not everyone left happy with new housing site plans

An aerial picture of the proposed development at Hazleton Farm
An aerial picture of the proposed development at Hazleton Farm

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SUPPORT from a conservation charity for a huge new estate has come under fire.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) issued a statement in support of the plans for 700 new homes on the Hazleton Farm, between Rowlands Castle and Horndean.

For many people, the estate is seen as a way of satisfying the area’s housing demands on land which is brownfield and has already been built on.

The head of the CPRE, Christopher Napier, has written to East Hampshire District Council supporting the scheme, saying they are ‘impressed’ with the design of the scheme and the clear, green infrastructure approach with interconnected green spaces, the retention of existing vegetation, mature woodland, trees and hedgerows.

But not everyone is happy. John Pickering, chairman of Rowlands Castle Parish Council, was upset that CPRE did not acknowledge that a third of the housing will be in Rowlands Castle parish.

He added: ‘It will have significant detrimental effects from the traffic point of view.’

The council is concerned about the impact on the rural Rowlands Castle roads and the village’s mini-roundabout at Redhill Road, which is at capacity at peak times.

Mr Pickering added: ‘There’s likely to be a significant amount of traffic generated by this development that would impinge quite significantly on the roads into Rowlands Castle.

‘The transport planners seem to have totally ignored this fact.

‘They are assuming everything is going down the A3M.’

There have also been scores of other objections to the plans, which were submitted in October by Highwood Land and Cala Homes.

In a representation made by the Highways Agency issues were raised over the separation of new and existing junctions in Pyle Lane, which do not adhere to the 131ft gap.

They add: ‘Also there is no certainty that bus services will route through the site which raises a question over the justification for a bus gate.’

There is also concern over a new four-arm roundabout junction for Havant Road, north of Pyle Lane. In comments to the council the Highways Agency says the forward and circulatory visibility is yet be demonstrated.

The issue of footpaths has also been raised by the agency.

The application is set to be debated next month.