Horndean homes plan criticised for being cramped

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 14 homes on a brownfield site in Horndean are set to be approved.

Developer Drew Smith Homes Ltd has applied to build 14 homes on land at 161 and 163 Portsmouth Road.

The site has been cleared of the two previous homes – a five-bedroom house and a three-bedroom bungalow.

The proposal is to build five chalet-style bungalows on the site, as well as nine two-storey houses.

Councillors at Horndean Parish Council have objected to the plans, describing them in a council report as ‘gross overdevelopment’.

A total of 19 letters of objection have been received by East Hampshire District Council.

The main concern is that there is not enough room for parking.

But a council planning report states: ‘Bearing in mind the reduction in the massing and bulk of dwellings and, coupled with the removal of garages, it is difficult to substantiate a gross overdevelopment of the site.’

A final decision will be made on Thursday.

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