Fury as garden grab plan poised for green light

PROTEST Jo Parker right, with residents angry at the plans
PROTEST Jo Parker right, with residents angry at the plans
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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build bungalows in back gardens are set to be given the go-ahead tomorrow – despite huge opposition from neighbours.

Councillors at Havant Borough Council have been recommended by officers to approve four detached chalet-style bungalows in gardens at the back of Frogmore Lane, Lovedean.

Residents launched a campaign to end garden grabbing earlier this year and 64 letters of objection, from 59 different addresses, were sent to the council.

But council officers believe the plans will not have a detrimental impact on neighbours.

Jo Parker, 42, a mum-of-three of Yoells Crescent, said: ‘We are all really upset.

‘It’s going to be right behind us and looking over the kids into the garden.

‘There’s nothing we can do. We can’t afford to move.’

Jo Parker

‘There’s nothing we can do. We can’t afford to move.’

A bid to build six houses and eight flats on the same stretch of land was refused by the council four years ago. It was then thrown out by the government planning inspector when the developer appealed.

But planning officers say the latest plan is smaller and will have less impact.

The new application is outline, so more precise details about the development are not known.

Mrs Parker said: ‘We don’t know exactly what they are going to build there.

‘For the sake of three or four houses, it seems pathetic.

‘Anywhere there’s a bit of green land, they are building.’

One letter of support has been submitted.

The council report states: ‘The proposed construction of four (bungalows) with approval for access and layout is acceptable in principle.’

The planning meeting takes place at The Plaza in Havant from 5pm.