Residents unite against plan for house in garden

Residents of Streamleaze in Titchfield Common unite over garden grabbing fears. Left to right: Grahame Shadbolt, 57, Andy Eastaugh, 56, Pamela Shadbolt, 55, Tracey May, 52, Julie Eastaugh, 58, Paul Clarke, 63.

Residents of Streamleaze in Titchfield Common unite over garden grabbing fears. Left to right: Grahame Shadbolt, 57, Andy Eastaugh, 56, Pamela Shadbolt, 55, Tracey May, 52, Julie Eastaugh, 58, Paul Clarke, 63.

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A GROUP of residents is urging people to object to plans for a house to be built in the back garden of a property.

The residents of Streamleaze in Titchfield Common, have got together to protest against the plans, which could see a detached three-bedroom house built in the garden of a home on Abshot Road, in a practice known as garden grabbing.

They are concerned because the entrance to this house would see them lose two parking spaces, which the developer proposes to move to green land in the close.

A petition has been signed by 25 people living in Streamleaze and there have been 21 objections lodged on Fareham Borough Council’s website.

Tracey May, 52, said: ‘We don’t want them to touch any of the green. We get so much wildlife there; birds, hedgehogs, badgers and foxes.

‘And it’s just a ridiculously small space to put a house.’

Andy Eastaugh said he felt councillors should vote against garden grabbing and think of the future.

Mr Eastaugh, 56, said: ‘We should have more of a say in making sure developments are beneficial to the community. When you look at each application individually it doesn’t seem to have much of an effect but because of all these changes that have happened, we are finding it increasingly difficult to park.’

Grahame Shadbolt, 57, said: ‘There are a number of objections that have gone in to the council. I’m fine-tuning mine.

‘We have all lived here a long time and there has been no extra parking provision since it was built in 1983.’

Ward councillor Sarah Pankhurst said she would be make a deputation against the plans.

Cllr Pankhurst said: ‘This is infill at its worst. It puts pressure on an already over-stretched infrastructure. Back garden development only benefits the developers themselves.’

The person behind the plan, developer Jonathan Fay, said: ‘The house is going to look exactly the same as the one next door.

‘The two parking spaces will be replaced. They will be taking up a little bit of the edge of the green by extending an existing lay-by.

‘All this will be taken into account at the planning meeting. If the residents totally don’t want it, there’s nothing more I can say.’

The application is open for comments with the council until Tuesday. A decision is expected in January.

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