Developers start work on building new estate on fields in village

ALL CHANGE The Green Lane site in Clanfield
ALL CHANGE The Green Lane site in Clanfield
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BUILDING work is due to start on the first phase of a 275-home estate in Clanfield.

Contractors are due to move on to fields off Green Lane for a development called Windmill View.

It comes weeks after planners gave final approval.

Outline consent was granted in February last year, and that was followed by two public exhibitions when local people were asked to give their views.

Residents in Clanfield, who mounted a 2,000-strong petition against the development, said villagers were sad to see the fields being built on.

Dave Woods, 46, of Drift Road, Clanfield, who campaigned against the development as he said it was too many homes, said there were still issues to iron out.

‘The general mood is that the consultation has been a bit of a shambles,’ he said.

‘There’s still ongoing problems with flooding and the T-junction in the road.

‘One of the main problems now is how it is going to work with all the traffic that’s going to be generated from things like trucks and where it’s going to park.’

But he added: ‘It’s also a sign of progress at the end of the day. Unfortunately houses do need to be built.’

Developers have vowed to work with villagers as building gets under way.

David Wilson (Southampton) will build 138 of the new homes, and Bovis Homes will construct 137.

Ninety six homes will be classed as affordable.

There will also be a community building, sports pitches, a children’s play area and allotments.

Cars will get in through Green Lane and Old London Road.

Julian Jones, development director of David Wilson (Southampton), said: ‘We are committed to working closely with the communities in which we are looking to build, and this partnership approach will continue throughout the build process.

‘We have already pledged our support for royal jubilee events in Clanfield, and look forward to providing desirable homes and community facilities.’