Decision due on homes at former brewery site

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THE village of Horndean could change forever with a major redevelopment of the former Gales brewery bring ing dozens of new homes.

After five years of consultation, councillors will decide on Thursday whether to give the go ahead to the redevelopment of the historic brewery, off London Road.

Developer Burton Property Ventures wants to build 73 homes, a doctors’ surgery, a care home, a shop and offices on the site which has been empty since Fullers bought it in 2006 and moved the operation to London.

Despite eagerness throughout the community to see the site redeveloped, residents are worried about the amount of housing, the lack of shops and the traffic.

A 93-name petition has been handed in to East Hampshire District Council asking for developers to bring in traffic calming and road safety measures to London Road.

John Tipple, 71, of Chestnut Avenue, is concerned that the community is not getting what it wanted.

He said: ‘What does Horndean really need?

‘A decent shopping centre. And where is that in the plans?

‘We don’t need more homes, we have plenty of those.

‘We need employment and shops, something decent, like a Marks & Spencer convenience store.

‘It’s what we’ve been asking for all these years, along with leisure facilities, but it doesn’t look like we’re going to get it.’

John Creevy, secretary of the North Hazleton Residents Association, added: ‘We have the same population as Petersfield and yet none of the facilities.’

The site is split into three with most of it demolished; land west of London Road, land to south of London Road and the main brewery.

The brewery will be demolished, except for the tower, and a 60-bed care home will be built.

Most of the housing, the doctors’ surgery and the shop will be to the west. The rest of the housing will be in the south.

In a statement the developers said the plans had been developed alongside the council, the parish council, and the Horndean Regeneration Steering Group.

It added: ‘After much hard work by all involved, we’re pleased that the application has reached its determination stage.

‘We consider that the proposals due for determination on Thursday this week provide a valuable opportunity to help regenerate the heart of Horndean village in the next few years.’

Councillors will meet at East Meon Village Hall, Workhouse Lane, East Meon, at 6.30pm, on Thursday.