Plea for government to step in to decide on massive Hazleton Farm development

REVIEW CALLS The Hazleton Farm site, highlighted, where there is a bid to build 700 homes

REVIEW CALLS The Hazleton Farm site, highlighted, where there is a bid to build 700 homes

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DEMANDS have been made for a huge development to be reviewed by the government.

A letter has been sent to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, currently MP Eric Pickles, to call in a bid to build 700 homes at Hazleton Farm, near junction 2 of the A3(M) at Horndean.

The development is the biggest in the Horndean area for decades.

The plea for the government to step in comes as councillors at East Hampshire District Council have been recommended to approve the development at a meeting tomorrow.

The scheme includes a new primary school, shops, a care village for the elderly, sports facilities and a raft of highway changes.

But Michael Homewood, a former Horndean parish councillor, who wrote the letter, believes the impact of the development will be more far-reaching than East Hampshire and the decision should be made at a higher level.

He stated: ‘The proximity of the site to the neighbouring authority is such that its impact will go well beyond the administrative boundaries of East Hampshire district.

‘In our view these impacts have not been properly considered by the council.’

Mr Homewood highlights an initial objection by Portsmouth Water, which stated that the development had the potential, without checks, to contaminate the drinking water supply to the Portsmouth area. But officers at East Hampshire have said they plan to impose strict planning conditions to prevent this happening.

Mr Homewood added: ‘The proposal may well have detrimental impact on the A3(M), on to which a new junction is proposed. The A3(M) is the main north-south arterial route in this location that links to the M27 and the south coast cities of Chichester, Portsmouth and Southampton.’

The presence of rare wildlife on the land – namely 13 species of bats – was stated in the letter.

Sara Schillemore, a Horndean councillor who sits on the planning committee, told The News: ‘It’s an important decision and it should be made locally by East Hampshire.’

Horndean Cllr Guy Shepherd said no other development could offer the range of community facilities being proposed.

The government still has the power to call in the decision if councillors approve the plans. The meeting takes place at Horndean Technology College from 6pm.

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