Fears of ‘dormitory’ town of 700 homes

BUSY The meeting where the homes plan was agreed
BUSY The meeting where the homes plan was agreed
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FEARS have been raised that a huge new estate could become a ‘dormitory’ commuter town off a motorway.

Janet Prowting, a business owner in Horndean, is worried that planners have not thought thoroughly about the long-term impact of building 700 homes on farmland east of Horndean, near junction 2 of the A3(M).

It comes as councillors at East Hampshire District Council voted to approve the plans on Wednesday evening.

The plans also include around four acres of employment land, seven acres of land for a new primary school, shops and a community building, as well as allotments and sports pitches.

But, with no railway station in Horndean and limited bus services, some are worried how the estate will fit in.

Miss Prowting said: ‘If, as a community, we’ve chosen to build 700 houses on green fields surrounding our village, we must decide whether we want Horndean “New Town” to be a dormitory on a motorway junction or a thriving economic centre capable of attracting companies offering long-term employment to the area not simply construction jobs, for around 1,800 new residents who will live here.’

John Pickering, chairman of Rowlands Castle Parish Council, said the development would have a ‘serious adverse impact’.

He is worried hundreds of extra cars will be using rural roads to get to the railway station at Rowlands Castle and down into Havant.

The development means Horndean will have met its target of 700 new homes between now and 2028.

Norman Blick, 71, of Highcroft Lane, Horndean, said: ‘The general consensus in Horndean was “yes” to go ahead. The builders seem to be trying to dot the developments round everywhere and join up all the villages.’

Horndean Councillor Lynn Evans said: ‘I do think it’s going to be part of Horndean.

‘There’s an element of the community provision that will seek to engage a community worker to assist that process. I don’t think, with the employment provision, that it will just be a dormitory area.’

She said Horndean, with a population of almost 13,000, remained a village as it does not have key facilities such as a railway station.