Judgment day looms for green gap decision

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build on a green gap between a town and a village are set to be approved.

Councillors at East Hampshire District Council have been recommended to vote in favour of the 55-home development on land north of Bartons Road, Havant.

As reported, Havant Borough Council has already agreed to its portion of the site – a total of 38 homes.

Seventeen of the homes lie within East Hampshire and if the authority refuses the plans by Linden Homes, the whole application would no longer be viable.

But officers are recommending that the East Hampshire section of the site is taken out of the gap between Havant and Rowlands Castle and built on.

A report says: ‘The site is well contained and forms a natural extension to the allocation within Havant borough.

‘Its development for housing is not considered to result in loss of integrity to the gap and not to set a precedent for future development in the gap.’

Marge Harvey, councillor for Rowlands Castle, is objecting because she says it could lead to future housebuilding in the countryside.

The arboricultural officer is against the plans as it would mean felling nine trees, including five oak trees, three of which are protected.

Rowlands Castle Parish Council is opposed to the plan.

A final decision will be made next Thursday at 6pm at Penns Place, Petersfield.