Decision time on controversial Hayling Island housing plan

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CONTROVERSIAL plans for 131 new homes on fields are back in the spotlight.

Bellway Homes Ltd, the new owners of the 11-acre site north of Goldring Close, Hayling Island, is asking Havant Borough Council to approve its detailed plans for the appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of the development.

Originally, the council turned down the planning application for the new housing estate, but the previous land owner, Tolcarne Drive Developments Ltd, appealed against this refusal to the government inspector and won its case.

The application attracted 600 comments from the public and more than 4,000 people signed the Save Hayling petition, calling for reduced housebuilding targets on the island.

Bellway bought the site from the previous owners on April 1.

Traffic arrangements have been approved as part of the planning appeal, with vehicle access via Beech Grove and Tournerbury Lane, and cycle and pedestrian access from St Margaret’s Road.

Many islanders believe the extra traffic from the estate will cause serious problems, especially where drivers leave Tournerbury Lane at the Elm Grove/Church Road/St Mary’s Road junction.

The Mengham Fields Residents’ Group also has concerns, including the added burden on schools, police, utilities and the health centre.

Hayling East councillor Leah Turner said the application could be decided at the council’s planning committee on August 14.