Villagers vow their voices will be heard

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A STRONGER voice for a village is on the cards with the formation of a new residents’ association.

Lovedean will follow in the footsteps of successful associations in Emsworth and Purbrook to give people a bigger say in what happens.

It comes in the wake of several proposed housing developments in the Lovedean area.

Plans are afoot to build 85 homes on land north of James Copse and 300 homes at Woodcroft Farm, which is situated between the village and Wecock.

More than 50 residents met at the village hall to form the association and write up a constitution.

Acting chairman Peter Humphreys, of James Copse Road, said: ‘There’s never been one here as such.

‘It will help considerably to pull the community together.’

Mr Humphreys said the association’s main concerns were lack of infrastructure, flooding and loss of countryside.

He said: ‘The road network is little more than a rural corridor to the north.

‘As far as we can see there has been no improvement in recreation or leisure.

‘It’s consistently marching into greenfield sites which everybody finds thoroughly objectionable.’

The association wants to work with Horndean Parish Council to help draw up a Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Part of the new localism agenda, it is a statutory document that outlines how people want their area to develop.

Mr Humphreys said: ‘We are constantly told you can’t stop it [housing].

‘It will be our objective for the residents’ association to have absolute influence in the style and number of dwellings.’

Officials at Horndean Parish Council said they have yet to formally discuss a Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Anyone interested in joining the association can contact Beverley Cotton at beverleycotton@hotmail.com or call (023) 9259 8176.

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