Angry neighbours call for end of ‘garden grabbing’

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MORE garden grabbing will ruin our community and lead to overcrowding.

That was the angry message from residents who have launched a fight to stop gardens being concreted over to make way for houses.

Jo Parker (right), and her neighbour Naomi [jeff has surname] with Jo's children (far left), Ben Benham (11),  Luke Benham (right), and (centre), his friend Ben Boyden (eight), with residents, protest.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150562-2)

Jo Parker (right), and her neighbour Naomi [jeff has surname] with Jo's children (far left), Ben Benham (11), Luke Benham (right), and (centre), his friend Ben Boyden (eight), with residents, protest.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150562-2)

Plans have gone before Havant Borough Council to build four detached chalet-style bungalows in gardens at the back of Frogmore Lane, Lovedean.

Several gardens in Lovedean, as well as across the Havant borough and East Hampshire, have been developed in recent years, but government planning policy now generally discourages back garden development unless it is sustainable.

Residents in nearby Yoells Crescent are determined to stop the latest plan after successfully thwarting a similar bid for homes on the same land four years ago.

Developers appealed to the government after the council refused the first plan, but it was dismissed.

Helen Grier, 63, of Yoells Crescent, said: ‘We came home one night and all the trees had been felled.

‘It’s overcrowding but it’s also an invasion of people’s privacy.’

Jo Parker, 42, a mum-of-three of Yoells Crescent, said: ‘We moved here because it was quiet and private with kids in the garden.

‘But if we have houses right behind us there’s going to be the noise at all different times of the day and lack of privacy.’

About gardens being built on, she said: ‘It’s getting out of control.

‘They seem to be building everywhere. I have lived in this area for nearly 30 years and you don’t recognise it any more. I understand they have to build some property – but within reason.’

Sadie Bolzon, 38, of Yoells Crescent, was worried the development would set a precedent if approved.

She said: ‘Houses need to be built, but there’s a right way and a wrong way of doing it.’

The proposed homes would extend a development called Willowside that has already been built further down Frogmore Lane on land that was once people’s gardens.

A planning report on behalf of Driftstone Developments Ltd states: ‘Development of this site in the manner proposed would achieve more efficient use of this

underused, sustainable urban land without causing demonstrable harm to the character or appearance of the locality or the amenity of neighbours. It would play a modest yet valued part in the provision of family dwellings.’

Comments to the council must be received by March 31.