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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build homes on a stretch of countryside in Clanfield look set to be approved.

Councillors have been recommended to give the green light to plans for 18 homes on land north of Trafalgar Rise.

The application has been submitted by Southcott Homes Ltd.

Clanfield Parish Council has strongly objected to the development because it lies within the green gap.

A planning report states: ‘The council feel it is totally inappropriate to consider the development of this site and it should be retained as strategic gap land.’

Fourteen letters of objection have been received by East Hampshire District Council.

One letter says there is no need for extra housing in Clanfield following the 275-home development at Green Lane.

A council report acknowledges development in the gap, but says the development should be allowed.

A final decision will be made next Thursday.