HUNDREDS of people went to see plans for a large new housing estate close to the A3(M).
There were mixed views as people got a first glimpse at Horndean’s Merchistoun Hall of proposals for Hazleton Farm and Pyle Farm, which have been earmarked for 700 homes and are close to junction 2 of the motorway.
It comes as East Hampshire District Council has set a housing target of 700 homes for Horndean.
Other developments, such as a plan for 220 homes at White Dirt Farm, have proved less popular.
The scheme could include a new care home, bungalows for the elderly, a new school, football pitches, a cricket pitch, a community centre, allotments and space for businesses.
Linda Rowlands, 68, from Clanfield, said: ‘I would rather see the homes there than off White Dirt Lane. If they are going to do it, it’s better than having bits and pieces here and there.’
James Newton, 70, from Horndean, said: ‘Looking at the older postcards that people have, you would not recognise the village. It’s changing quickly.’
Bill Evershed, from Catherington, said: ‘It’s an excellent proposal. If we have got to have the houses, let’s have a decent scheme.’
Dudley Coles, 79, from Horndean, said: ‘It will keep a lot of the traffic away from the village.’
Jean Reynolds, from Horndean, said: ‘We don’t want 700 houses – we are getting 700 houses. My biggest concern is losing our village centre because the whole thing will move to a housing estate.’
The plans have been drawn up by Banner Homes, The Borrow Foundation and Highwood Land Horndean.
Martin Hawthorne, a director of WYG planning consultants, said: ‘This is providing a comprehensive scheme with a range of community benefits.
‘If you have smaller sites, say 10 sites of 100 homes, you may have a new play area but you are not going to get much more that.
‘We have a substantial area for open space, jobs, a cricket pitch, football pitches, woodland and allotments.’
He said the semi-rural views would be not destroyed as there would be a large area of open space between the new homes and the older part of Horndean.