Former Bedhampton school site is set for major redevelopment

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PLANS to build 38 homes at a former school are set to be approved.

Hampshire County Council has submitted outline plans for the former Barncroft Infant School, in Barncroft Way, Bedhampton.

Concerns have been raised about the loss of a small playing field and extra traffic from the development – but community leaders say new homes are needed.

It comes as the infant school is being demolished following a £5m revamp of the adjacent junior school building.

Last month the amalgamated Barncroft Primary School was officially opened by Pompey star Linvoy Primus.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, county councillor for Leigh Park and Bedhampton, expressed sadness about the loss of the school site, but said redevelopment was inevitable.

She said: ‘The new school is going to be a real asset to the community and will serve our children well.

‘The disposal of the old school and use as housing was just something that was going to happen.

‘Yes, it’s a shame, but on the other hand we need the houses for our youngsters to move into. We have got a real housing shortage in Havant.’

The plans include 34 homes with access from Barncroft Way and four homes with access from Park Lane, and an area of open space will be kept on the south-west side of the site.

Twelve written objections have been received by Havant Borough Council, which is set to approve the plans on Thursday at a planning meeting.

Concerns include loss of privacy for residents in Ashley Close.

One resident said the site should be retained for educational development as an urban nature reserve.

Sport England has not objected to the plans.

A planning report states: ‘Given that the former infant school site did not contain sufficient space to accommodate a junior-sized sports pitch, and the piece of land off Park Lane was not playing field, the compensatory proposals are considered to appropriately offset the loss of infant school playing field involved.’