Villagers vow to stop plans for new homes

120195_WOODCROFT_18/01/12''Picture shows Woodcroft Farm and field next to Linnet Close. 'Land to the west of Woodcroft Lane, and Woodcroft Farm in Waterlooville, has been ear-marked for a new house development.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (120195-752)
120195_WOODCROFT_18/01/12''Picture shows Woodcroft Farm and field next to Linnet Close. 'Land to the west of Woodcroft Lane, and Woodcroft Farm in Waterlooville, has been ear-marked for a new house development.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (120195-752)
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VILLAGERS say they will not give up on their mission to stop Lovedean becoming too built up.

Resident Peter Humphreys has written a strongly-worded letter to MP George Hollingbery and county councillor Sam Darragh to voice concerns at housebuilding plans.

As reported in The News, plans have been unveiled for 85 homes at James Copse and 300 homes at Woodcroft Farm.

Mr Humphreys, of James Copse Road, said: ‘Lovedean residents particularly resent the dismissal of 400 or so written objections presented in 2005.

‘We did not argue “not in my back yard” but simply that the style of development was incompatible to the character of the area, the existing infrastructure could not absorb the strain and yet again a much-treasured greenfield site would be unprotected by the very people elected in good faith to do so.’

He adds: ‘It is little wonder that Lovedean is so vulnerable, despite being one of the last remaining rural corridors to Clanfield and beyond, it is the geographical apex of three adjoining councils, East Hampshire, Winchester and Havant.

‘They are all incapable of joined-up planning and not taking into account their joint impacts on this area.

‘For instance the development of 300 houses on the Woodcroft Farm site, the Dukes Meadow development in Waterlooville, the regeneration of Horndean with the development of the former Gales brewery site and potentially the Keydales sites all combine to overpressure the infrastructure.’

No final decisions have been made about the plans.