First look at plans for new housing estate

REVEALED A sketch of Hampshire Farm homes plan
REVEALED A sketch of Hampshire Farm homes plan
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DETAILED plans of how a controversial housing estate will look have been revealed.

In May Linden Homes secured outline planning permission to build 280 homes at Hampshire Farm – a large piece of land between Emsworth and Westbourne, in West Sussex, despite fierce opposition from residents.

Now the firm has put in a detailed planning application to Havant Borough Council confirming how the estate will look.

Although Emsworth Residents’ Association has been working with the firm there are still a number of issues it is concerned about.

Association chairwoman Lorraine Clode said the design of the homes was acceptable, but added: ‘Our major concern is flooding.

‘The Environment Agency considered the Linden Homes proposals on drainage to flooding were acceptable.

‘But the engineers from the Emsworth Flood Action Group believe more mitigation is needed.

‘We also have a concern that the density of houses is too tight.

‘Linden Homes has offered a £130,000 contribution to the council to maintain the open space but we do not feel that is enough.’

The developer said flooding plans had been approved by the Environment Agency. And it said the £130,000 for open space was suggested by Havant Borough Council.

A spokesman added the 280 homes had been agreed by the council as an appropriate density for the site. A decision will be taken by the council in September and if the plans are agreed work should start the following month.