Opposition to plans for new Rowlands Castle houses

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OBJECTIONS have been raised by a parish council to plans for a housing development in the heart of Rowlands Castle.

Parish councillors voted to object to plans for 43 new homes at the Keyline Builders Merchants site, off Redhill Road.

It came just hours before the deadline for comments close.

Members of the planning committee voted by three to one to lodge an objection.

Among the concerns raised are the density of the proposed development and the arrangements for traffic access and parking.

As reported in The News, Explore Living has applied to East Hampshire District Council to redevelop the Travis Perkins site.

The builders’ merchants wants to move its operation to a more accessible site in Horndean.

The parish council meeting heard about the results of a residents’ questionnaire about the development.

It showed that 70 per cent of respondents agreed in principle that the site should be residential, while 23 per cent wanted it to remain industrial.

Of those who are in favour, 48 per cent support the current application for 43 houses, while 31 per cent opposed it.

The development provides 77 parking spaces and developers propose to reduce the width of the Redhill Road junction to help pedestrians crossing the road.

They also want to build a children’s playground.