Decision day for last Bedhampton town centre field is looming

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PEOPLE living close to a field where developers hope to build 79 new homes say they do not want them.

Orchard Homes, based in Southampton, has submitted plans to Havant Borough Council for a mix of houses and flats off Ranelagh Road, Bedhampton, about a mile away from the town centre.

There has already been a consultation over the plans but residents living near to the field, which is next to a railway line, say there is too much development in the area.

David Ward, of Knox Road, said: ‘There are too many houses being built here.

‘The way I see it is it is a loss of a green space in the town.

‘They should be built in the countryside where there is more space. It’s not fair that more and more houses are going up here.

‘Parking here now is a nightmare.

‘People who work on the industrial estate park here and then two of them get into one car to drive into the estate so it looks as if they are car sharing.’

Another resident said the area will feel the loss of one of the last remaining green fields.

At the moment horses graze there.

The pensioner, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I have lived here for nine years and in that time I’ve seen all the farmland disappear so that houses can be built.

‘It actually makes me really weary.

‘This has been in the pipeline for a long time.

‘It will be such a shame to see that field go.’

The proposals for the field were first announced last year.

The developers want to build 20 flats and 59 houses.

Brockhampton Conversation Area borders the proposed new estate but the council’s conservation officer has raised no objections to the scheme.

Approximately 30 per cent will be affordable housing.

In a report to the development management control committee, planning officers have recommended the scheme be given the go ahead, saying it offers ‘much-needed’ affordable housing.

It added: ‘The development, whilst mainly self-contained in nature, would suitably relate to the abutting Brockhampton Conservation Area.

‘The impact on neighbouring residential properties is considered acceptable.’

The committee will met on Thursday at The Plaza, Civic Centre Road, at 5pm.