A BATTLE to stop a village being inundated with almost 500 new homes was lost last night.
Developers were granted permission to build 207 homes on fields south of Chalton Lane, Clanfield, close to the A3.
Worried residents said the development – on top of the new Windmill View estate nearby with 275 homes – will place strain on roads and the local school and doctors surgery.
The meeting of East Hampshire District Council was held at Barton Hall, Horndean, and heard promised community facilities that were part of Windmill View were well behind schedule, despite scores of new families already having moved in.
Community leaders were concerned the same developer was now proposing to build another 207 homes nearby.
Clanfield Cllr Ken Moon, who made a deputation, said: ‘There’s virtually nobody I have met in Clanfield that actually wants any more housing.’
The committee heard the developers had paid the NHS cash, but that money had not filtered down yet to the local doctors surgery.
The South Downs National Park Authority objected to the development as it is immediately next to the park’s border.
Clanfield resident Anne Vincent said: ‘Approval would set a precedent for future urban sprawl.’
Margaret White, chairwoman of Clanfield Parish Council, said it would ‘dramatically intrude on the open landscape’.
Cllr Sara Schillemore, who sits on the committee, was concerned about potential flooding.
‘You can canoe down Green Lane quite regularly,’ she said.
Cllr David Evans said acoustic barriers needed to be looked at as the parkland area of the development was next to the A3.
‘Would you sit next to the motorway and have a picnic?’ he said.
But officers said other recreation areas – like Queen Elizabeth Country Park – were next to the A3.
The developer’s agent Ian Johnson said: ‘There’s a significant shortfall of housing.’
The committee voted unanimously to approve the plan, but only on the basis that community facilities must be in place upon or before 100 of the homes being occupied.