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CONTROVERSIAL plans for a housing development in a village near Emsworth have been turned down.

A plan for 28 homes in Hambrook was refused after being met with 81 objections.

Hambrook District Residents’ Association objected to the plans and pointed out 108 new homes had been approved in the village over the past 18 months – an increase in homes of nearly 40 per cent.

The written objection stated: ‘During this time we have had no improvements to infrastructure; in fact we have seen a reduction in public transport services and the loss of a shop, garage and petrol station on the A259.’

Chidham and Hambrook Parish Council called on Chichester District Council to recognise ‘the very large increase in the village’ and asked for a period of grace without further development.

The council turned down the application for the land west of Broad Road. Reasons for refusal included lack of affordable housing, a poor mix of housing as 17 units were four-bedroom homes, and lack of infrastructure in the area.

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