Council gives go-head to Lovedean development

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PLANS to build four new homes in a back garden were given the go-ahead by a council.

Councillors at Havant Borough Council voted unanimously to approve plans for two pairs of semi-detached properties in the back garden of a house in Frogmore Lane, Lovedean.

It comes in the wake of controversy about ‘garden-grabbing’ in Lovedean, where several gardens have been developed.

Lovedean is on the border of Havant and East Hampshire authorities.

Earlier this year Sara Schillemore, a councillor for Horndean, said she wanted to see an end to back gardens being turned into homes.

Planning minister Greg Clark also described back gardens as ‘precious urban oases’ that councils should be allowed to protect.

But there is no national limit on back garden development.

Eleven objections were submitted by residents to the development.

But councillors said because a precedent for back garden development had been established in Lovedean it could not be refused.

Councillor Leah Turner, who sits on the planning committee, said: ‘It’s an enormous piece of land. It’s very difficult to say no when something has already been done in the area.’

Councillors insisted mature trees are planted to provide a screen to nearby residents.