Likely locations of 700 homes for Horndean are revealed

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THE controversial question of where 700 new homes should be built in Horndean will be the focus of an exhibition.

East Hampshire District Council is holding a public exhibition in the village to give residents the opportunity to see the locations of possible development sites.

People will be urged to have their say on where the houses should go and what community facilities might be needed.

It comes as the council has updated its Joint Core Strategy – a blueprint for how the area will develop. The influential report was drawn up with the South Downs National Park and proposed a target of 10,060 across East Hampshire by 2028.

Horndean’s share will be 700 on new sites.

Councillor Angela Glass, who oversees planning, said: ‘It is the council’s objective to get the right homes in the right places and to do that we have to have a clear idea of local needs and concerns.

‘The council must identify enough sites to meet the demand for new homes. Most of these homes will be for people already living and working in the community. Therefore, it is vital we use events such as these to put together a housing plan for the future. I would urge residents of the Horndean area to come and join us at the exhibition, have their say and help shape the village’s future development.’

The event at Merchistoun Hall takes place from 2pm to 6pm on Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturday.