Future of homes in East Hants in government inspector’s hands

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A PLAN which sets out the future development of East Hampshire over the next decade and beyond has been submitted to the government for approval.

The government’s planning inspectors will scrutinise the plan – known as the joint core strategy – before holding a public examination in September.

Almost 200 people and community groups commented on the plans when they went out to public consultation in February and March by East Hampshire District Council and South Downs National Park Authority.

East Hampshire wants to build up to 8,000 homes in the district over the next 20 years. Sites include St James Copse in Lovedean, and the Keydell Nusery site in Horndean, which could have more than 180 homes.

Andy Biltcliffe, the council’s planning policy manager, said: ‘The joint core strategy is the best plan we could develop based on the previous consultations and investigations carried out over the last five years.’

It not only covers housing but also lays down the guidelines which will encourage businesses to invest in East Hampshire, bringing employment and wealth to the area. It shows how the area’s countryside will be protected, transport improved and facilities provided. If the plan is agreed, it will come into force at the end of 2012.