All councillors will vote on Bedhampton estate plans

PROTESTS Residents have campaigned to stop the development
PROTESTS Residents have campaigned to stop the development
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A DECISION looks set to be made on a controversial housing estate after years of delays.

Every member of Havant Borough Council has been drafted in to vote on whether Crayfern Homes can build 92 homes on land next to the A3M at Scratchface Lane, Bedhampton.

The extraordinary full council meeting takes place next Wednesday, after a shock move by the development management committee last month to defer the decision to force the entire council to debate it.

It means they will all share the responsibility of incurring potentially huge legal fees if they reject it and the developers win on appeal.

There has been a strong campaign against the proposals and in May 2011 the planning committee refused them because of fears over the noise from the nearby motorway.

The developer then appealed against the decision to the government’s planning inspector and an inquiry was held in February this year.

The inspector upheld the original decision, but only on technical grounds because the correct contracts had not been signed by the landowners and the developers.

That led planning officers to recommend approval of the resubmitted plans when it went before the committee last month.

But when it looked as if the application was about to be rejected again, a deferment was called for.

Jim Graham, of Brooklands Road, Bedhampton, who has led the campaign against the new estate, said: ‘It will never be a quality place to live. Noise is just one aspect.

‘I hope they don’t defer it any more, it’s been dragging on so long.’

The meeting is 5pm at Havant’s Public Service Plaza, on November 21.