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LITTLE reassurance has been given that urban sprawl will not continue to threaten villages, a council leader has said.

John Pickering, chairman of Rowlands Caste Parish Council, said he was not convinced any real progress was made after a housing summit in Horndean last Friday.

As reported, MP George Hollingbery called the meeting to outline how residents could fight against unsustainable housing applications.

But Mr Pickering said: ‘While George tried to show some development proposals could be challenged because they were not deemed to be sustainable, I don’t think we have an operational concept of sustainability. Therefore I am not at all reassured.’

There are still questions whether Hazleton Farm – a proposed 700-home development off the A3(M) – will be included in Rowlands Castle’s quota for housing, despite some of the land being in the parish.

The housing target for the village is a minimum of 150 homes.