Councillor aims to allay fears over plans

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PEOPLE will get vital infrastructure improvements such as transport links and schools if hundreds of new homes are built, a councillor has stressed.

Cllr Marge Harvey, who represents the Catherington ward for Hampshire County Council, spoke at a public meeting at Horndean Technology College where fresh plans for hundreds of new homes in East Hampshire were presented.

As reported, land must be found for 700 new homes in Horndean, 200 in Clanfield, and 150 in Rowlands Castle.

Under the new Community Infrastructure scheme, developers must pay a tariff to the authority for community improvements.

Residents told the meeting they were worried about the villages being unable to cope with so much development.

Cllr Harvey said: ‘I understand why everyone feels very upset by this.

‘But you have to understand if you get this development, you will get the facilities to go along with it.

‘If we get development, we will get the infrastructure.’