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COUNCIL officers will be redrafting a housebuilding policy for Wickham after fears were raised about flooding by community groups.

Wickham Residents’ Association and Wickham Society called for a halt to development at a Winchester City Council meeting last week, as reported in The News.

Their calls followed a report commissioned by Hampshire County Council, which is responsible for surface water in Wickham, which found the town’s sewage and drainage system needed work.

Anton Hanney, chairman of Wickham Residents’ Association, said he was pleased the council will be redrafting its wording and that a new policy will be put to the planning committee on October 6.

He said: ‘What they will come back with we don’t know, but we are looking for a commitment that all drainage issues will be fixed before any more development starts.’

Wickham must take 250 new homes by 2031 as part of the district’s local plan.

Cllr Victoria Weston, who was on last week’s committee, said the report had ‘highlighted a number of issues’ which the council would look at.

She said: ‘It is not about stopping development, it’s about making sure that we don’t make the situation in Wickham worse.’