THE decision to approve plans for 18 new homes in the countryside has been welcomed in some quarters.
Southcott Homes has been given permission to build the two, three and four-bedroom homes on land north of Trafalgar Rise, in Clanfield, part of which was once back gardens.
The application provoked anger in the village and members of the Clanfield Observatory pleaded with East Hampshire District Council to ensure the development did not cause light pollution.
Others living nearby urged the council to turn it down because it would ruin the view for people living in Trafalgar Road.
Clanfield Parish Council argued that it would be ‘totally unsuitable’ for parking in an area where parking is already an issue.
It felt it should also not be considered because it falls within the strategic gap – greenfield areas which separate towns and villages.
But on Thursday, the council’s planning committee agreed the homes could be built.
And one long-term resident of the village, who did not want to be named, welcomed the decision. The 71-year-old said: ‘For some reason this land was included in the council’s strategic gap but it never should have been.
‘It was once the back of someone’s garden and as such is a brownfield site.
‘Brownfield sites should be built on before they build on green fields, which developers are planning on doing in the area.
‘Surely we want to keep our green fields as long as possible and the only way we can do that is if we build on brownfield sites first.
‘There is a shortage of housing across the country and there is a shortage of housing here.
‘We need new homes but not on our fields.
‘By building on brownfield sites we can put off building on green fields for a bit longer.’
The developers had previously put in an application for 14 homes which were three and four bedrooms.
That was turned down and the blueprint went to the government’s planning inspector which also threw it out. The new application includes provision for six affordable homes.