Rowlands Castle councillor voices concern on new homes plan

Cllr Marge Harvey
Cllr Marge Harvey
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PLANS to build homes between a town and a village have been called into question.

Marge Harvey, the councillor for Rowlands Castle, has written a letter expressing her concern over plans to build 55 houses on land north of Bartons Road, in Havant.

The proposed development is being considered by Havant and East Hampshire councils.

Cllr Harvey said: ‘The part that is in East Hampshire is in the green space between Havant and Rowlands Castle which is protected by East Hampshire District Council policies on gaps.

‘This land belongs to Portsmouth City Council, and is landlocked and once houses are allowed, then it would set a precedent for houses in the future.

‘It’s important land because it separates Rowlands Castle from Havant and the largest affordable housing site in Europe.’

But a planning report says the new homes are needed.

A report says: ‘The development offers a high quality living environment that complements the character of the surrounding area, safeguards the amenity of existing and future residents and in particular protects an area of ancient woodland to the north.’