Fresh worry over new homes plan for Horndean area

Members of the audience at the housing meeting last night. Picture: Miles O'Leary
Members of the audience at the housing meeting last night. Picture: Miles O'Leary
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OUR roads cannot cope with an influx of new homes – that is the message from residents against plans paving the way for stretches of greenfield land to be built on.

Fresh concerns were brought before East Hampshire District Council over its bid to create a document dictating where developers should put new properties in order to fulfil targets.

The authority has to bring in up to 10,370 houses in East Hampshire – covering areas including Horndean, Clanfield, Rowland’s Castle and north of Petersfield – by 2028.

Much of the concern at a public meeting last night over the situation surrounded the allocation of almost 700 homes at Hazleton Farm and the impact that would have on nearby Horndean.

Leon Peek, 67, of Horndean, who was one of the 200 attendees, said: ‘The traffic is already constant on the A3(M) at Waterlooville because of the developments that have gone in there.

‘Seven hundred new homes equals at least 1,000 cars and they will be coming off and on the motorway in rush hour.

‘The other night I ended up parked on the motorway waiting to come off and that’s without 700 new homes at Horndean.’ Horndean district councillor Guy Shepherd said Hazleton Farm would come with a ‘colossal shopping list’ of improvements such as a school, sport facilities and a community hub for the elderly.

But residents questioned if those things would come to light – and highlighted how a new doctors surgery hasn’t come to Clanfield despite money from a developer already in place for it.

Steve Protheroe, 64, of Rowland’s Castle, questioned whether there would be enough jobs to go round.

‘We are being driven by a need which I don’t know is there,’ he said. ‘A lot of the major employers in this are reducing the number of people they employ, whether it be IBM or in terms of what happened with shipbuilding in Portsmouth.

‘Where are all these people going to come from?’

The council’s site allocation document will go before all members for approval on December 4.

It will then go out for public consultation and go before a planning inspector for approval later next year.

Cllr Angela Glass, in charge of planning, said: ‘If you want your family to live close to you then we need these homes.’