Anger as plans for 220 homes are revealed

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A LACK of school places, dangerous roads, and loss of countryside were just some of the concerns raised as people went to a public exhibition to see plans to build 220 homes on the South Downs.

Hundreds of people visited Clanfield Memorial Hall yesterday to view the proposals for White Dirt Farm by Taylor Wimpey.

Land next to White Dirt Lane

Land next to White Dirt Lane

And the overwhelming message was a worry that villages did not have the infrastructure to support mass development.

Sheila Kimber, of Wasdale Close, Horndean, said; ‘We are losing all our open areas.

‘We’re going to be one huge urban sprawl. The doctors’ surgery can’t cope now. The roads are dangerous. The infrastructure just can’t cope.’

Nigel Copcutt, 57, of Singleton Gardens, Clanfield, said: ‘We’re losing a lot of the differentiation between Cowplain, Horndean and Clanfield.

‘It’s just one sprawling conurbation.

‘People move down here for a bit of green space and now we have not got it.’

He added: ‘Horndean is on the edge of the National Park and a lot of people feel we are bearing the brunt of housing that would have been provided over a wider area.’

Leslie Bradley, 45, of Catherington Lane, Catherington, said: ‘It’s a damn shame to be honest. They are cramming in more and more houses.’

Brian Roberts, 70, of Southdown Road, Horndean, said: ‘At the moment there’s a three-week delay to get to see a doctor.

‘Unless they are going to put in new infrastructure, it’s wrong.’

Derek Wright, 69, of South Road, Horndean, said: ‘It will be wall-to-wall housing between Portsmouth and Horndean and all the way up to the National Park.’

The government has told East Hampshire District Council it must find space for 700 new homes in the area.

A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said: ‘We were delighted with the number of residents who came along today to share their views on our proposed scheme. We will be taking their feedback into account as we finalise our masterplan before submitting our planning application.’