Anger as employment land is lost for Waterlooville homes

Berewood homes at Waterlooville
Berewood homes at Waterlooville

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INCREASING the number of homes at a development has been criticised by community leaders.

An extra 103 homes are set to be built in Waterlooville as part of the town’s 3,000-home Major Development Area (MDA).

The site is divided into two sections with Taylor Wimpey originally building 450 homes to the north near Denmead and Grainger overseeing the larger Berewood estate to the south.

A section of Taylor Wimpey’s Wellington Park plot was designated as employment land.

But, after no take-up from industry, councillors have now agreed to build 103 homes on the land – increasing the Taylor Wimpey plot to just over 550 homes.

The decision was taken by a new joint committee of Havant Borough Council and Winchester City Council.

Winchester oversees most of the land, but Havant will be left with providing most of the services.

The committee agreed to allow 246 homes near Purbrook – an application that attracted less controversy. Denmead Parish Council objected to building more houses at the Taylor Wimpey site and there were 21 letters of objection.

Parish chairman Neil Lander-Brinkley said: ‘It’s a disaster.

‘They are building more houses and there are no social facilities.

‘If you don’t provide any recreation space and you put in even more houses, it would seem to me to be a dangerous thing to do.’

An acoustic bund – a mound of earth – will be created between the development and Waterlooville recycling centre to keep out noise. Seven councillors voted for the development, with two against.

Cllr Elaine Shimbart, committee vice-chairwoman, said: ‘With the Dunsbury Hill Farm site coming there’s going to be a lot of employment there.

‘That will make up for it. It’s been advertised as industry for a long time with no take up at all.

‘There’s no point in leaving the plot with nothing happening when more houses are needed.’