‘Let’s have one voice against these homes’

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VILLAGERS are being urged to unite and say ‘enough is enough’ over plans to build hundreds of homes south of Butser Hill.

Geoff Hotson, 70, who has lived in Clanfield all his life and is a former district councillor, is furious over plans for major housebuilding across his village, as well as in Horndean, Lovedean, Catherington and Rowlands Castle.

As reported, the government has told East Hampshire District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority to go back to the drawing board on a planning blueprint – called the Joint Core Strategy – over concerns more homes are needed to stimulate economic growth.

The preferred option for 11,990 homes is currently out for consultation until September 20.

The Horndean area has been earmarked for 1,190 new homes over the next 15 years – 700 of which have yet to be allocated sites. Clanfield would take 521 new homes – with 200 yet to be found land.

Rowlands Castle would take 242 new homes, with 150 homes yet to be found sites.

Residents are currently in the process of devising a Neighbourhood Plan – which is a locally-driven strategy that influences where the new homes will be built.

But Mr Hotson said: ‘It’s totally unbalanced.

‘We have had enough.

‘What the heck are they doing?

‘There are already a sufficient number of homes.

‘At one time you would walk around Clanfield and see people you knew.

‘Now you hardly know anybody. It’s already not a village.’

He said: ‘I want the parishes to say it in one voice, to get behind this and stop this outrage.

‘It coming down from the threat from the government that we have to have all these houses.’

But officials at East Hampshire District Council say new homes are needed for younger people and their families.

To comment on the housebuilding plans, please pay a visit to the easthants.gov.uk website and search for ‘Joint Core Strategy’.