Cautious victory over Lovedean garden-grabbing plans

Families from Yoells Crescent in Lovedean who fought plans to build houses on land behind their homes
Families from Yoells Crescent in Lovedean who fought plans to build houses on land behind their homes

Solent Waspi campaigners attend Fareham fair

  • Councillors vote four to three against proposal to build homes
  • Residents fear more plans may be submitted
  • Developer’s agent said it is ‘likely’ firm will appeal
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RESIDENTS are cautiously celebrating after a garden-grabbing plan was refused.

Councillors at Havant Borough Council last night voted four to three against granting permission.

We feel it’s important to stand up and make our views heard

Peter Monk

Driftstone Developments had hoped to build four detached chalet-style bungalows at the address.

But Peter Monk – who spoke out at the meeting against the plan at 41 to 49 Frogmore Lane said he feared future plans could be submitted.

Mr Monk, 40, of nearby Yoells Crescent, said: ‘We feel it’s important to stand up and make our views heard, so we’re delighted we found support in the local council and that they share our concerns.’

He added: ‘People are keen to voice their objections.’

His partner Sadie Bolzon, 38, added: ‘I’m pleased that they have considered our outlook because what is proposed is harmful.’

But the developer’s agent Robert Tutton, who made a deputation supporting the plans, said an appeal was likely to be submitted.

Speaking before the decision Mr Tutton told councillors: ‘Residents of this locality do not need a private car to enjoy access to services.

‘This is an accessible, sustainable location.’

The plan submitted was a scaled-down version of a previous application previously refused.

Residents of Yoells Crescent had been vocal in their opposition to the plans.

The borough council received 64 objections for 59 addresses, and two multi-party objections covering 20 addresses.

One letter of support and one anonymous objection were also submitted.

In his deputation Hart Plan ward councillor Councillor Gerald Shimbart said: ‘This will affect the lives of nearby residents for years to come.’

Officers had suggested councillors on the development management committee approve the plans.

But Cllr Caren Tarrant proposed a motion to refuse it, with Cllr Elaine Shimbart seconding the motion.

Cllr Clare Satchwell voted to refuse along with Cllr Richard Brown.