Concerns over proposal to build houses in Knowle

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A PARISH council is objecting to plans to build 21 houses and flats near woodlands.

Wickham Parish Council has given its objections to The Homes and Communities Agency’s plans to build houses and flats in Knowle Village.

The proposals will see the new houses built on six different sites throughout the village.

And the parish council has concerns about one site which adjoins some ancient woodland that it owns because it has ‘Site of Importance for Nature Conservation’ status.

Nicki Oliver, a clerk for Wickham Parish Council, said: ‘The Homes and Communities Agency has put forward proposals for developing a number of sites at Knowle to provide 21 houses and flats.

‘Residents are generally not supportive of these proposals.

‘They have concerns over the inadequacy and poor state of the private road that serves this area of Knowle as well as the loss of green space.

‘The sites are also very close to Welborne – the land proposed for 6,000 houses – so residents are questioning why further development so nearby is necessary?

‘Some of the sites are outside the development boundary for Knowle so it’s contrary to Winchester City Council’s planning policies’

She added: ‘The parish council is objecting to one of the sites that adjoins some ancient woodland that it owns which has SINC status.

‘The woods are a haven for wildlife and the impact of housing on its biodiversity could be very damaging.

‘The parish council and residents would like to see the site returned to nature.’

The proposed sites include Park Cottages, Dean Villas, Knowle Village Business Park, Funtley Cottage and areas next to the pumping station and adjacent detached house.

Residents have also voiced their objections for the new proposals with one concern being the road alone Mayles Lane.

Martin Horn, of North Park, said in his objection letter: ‘I am generally against the overall development as I believe the road infrastructure along Mayles Lane is inadequate to take the additional volume of traffic that will be generated as a result of the development of the additional dwellings.’

Sheila Chambers also objected saying that if Knowle is expanded all the green countryside could disappear from the village.