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PLANS for 39 homes in the heart of Rowlands Castle have been approved.

Developer Taylor Wimpey was granted consent to build seven flats and 32 homes on land at Oaklands House, in Redhill Road.

Marge Harvey, councillor for Rowlands Castle, said she was pleased as the initial plan was for 47 homes on the land.

She said: ‘It’s less housing, fewer cars. As far as I am concerned, it’s been allowed, let’s just get on with it.

‘I only thing I did not agree on was that I don’t think we need six five-bedroom houses.’

Six letters of objection were received by the council before planning committee meeting at which councillors voted to approve the plans.

Cllr Harvey welcomed the extra affordable homes in the village.

Fourteen of the homes will be affordable. But she said she would be talking to developers to try to solve the problem of light pollution at the access junction.

Headlights of cars turning out will shine directly into a neighbour’s window.

Cllr Harvey said: ‘The developer should have mitigated against that.’

The developer will contribute more than £50,000 towards improvements to Rowlands Castle Pavilion.