Homes plan gets the green light in village

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COUNCILLORS voted to approve plans for two new homes in a quiet road in Horndean – despite some objections from local residents.

Plans were submitted to East Hampshire District Council to build two detached chalet bungalows on land at the back of 28 to 32 Queens Crescent. But some neighbours were worried about the homes being out of keeping with the rest of the area and also lack of parking.

A submission by Trevor Cousins, included in the minutes of a planning committee meeting, state: ‘This would have a significant effect on St Ann’s Road, irrespective of the proposed off-road parking.

‘It could not cope now and it would only get worse.’

But the minutes state the last owners of a bungalow, now demolished, on the land stated it was their wish for the area to be developed.

The applicant was Heather Hodgkinson, whose parents Samy and Dolly Samson were heavily involved in village life until their death.

A planning report states: ‘Samy had always said to his daughter Heather “This land where the bungalow stands is right for development and see to it that this should happen”.’

Seven councillors voted to permit the development, with four against and one abstaining.