Developers on the move in response to homes plan

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FIELDS in Lovedean and a former brickworks in Rowlands Castle are among the latest sites being earmarked for housing.

Last year East Hampshire District Council released initial housing targets – not fully approved by government yet – to build almost 2,000 new homes across Horndean, Clanfield and Rowlands Castle.

The developers have acted and a series of planning applications are in the offing.

The latest is plans for 50 homes on a field off Lovedean Lane.

The plans are being put forward by Bargate Homes.

The same developer is also consulting the public on plans for homes on land at the former Rowlands Castle brickworks, which was an industry synonymous with the village until the 1960s.

Residents have repeatedly said they are worried about their communities being harmed by too much traffic, flooding, and lack of school places, surgeries and amenities.

Alan Key, chairman of Lovedean Village Residents’ Association, said people realised development was going to happen, but they wanted it done in the right way.

He said: ‘If they are talking about an extra 300 to 400 homes, then something has to happen with the infrastructure.

‘The main problem will be everyone having to use their cars to get to schools and do anything.

‘The flooding is a huge concern and the increased traffic that’s going to build up on local roads.

‘I don’t think it’s being welcomed with open arms.

‘However, the company seems to have done a lot of work in listening to the villagers prior to putting the first ideas in place.’

Some objections have already been received about the Lovedean development.

One submission to East Hampshire District Council stated: ‘Already we see a significant increase due to the development in Clanfield. Building on productive agricultural land.’

Environment Agency officials have said they do not envisage any significant flood issues.

The Lovedean consultation takes place on Thursday from 2pm to 6.45pm at Lovedean Village Hall.

People are also invited to see a public exhibition of plans for the former brickworks at the Church on the Green, Redhill Road, from 3pm to 8pm next Thursday.