Fury as plans go on show in wrong village

Residents consult the Taylor Wimpey plans for the proposed development at White Dirt Farm - Rob Rasberry (enviromental consultation) offers information.
Residents consult the Taylor Wimpey plans for the proposed development at White Dirt Farm - Rob Rasberry (enviromental consultation) offers information.
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A FURIOUS parish council has criticised a developer for holding a public consultation about a proposed development in Horndean – in Clanfield.

Controversial proposals are in place to build 220 homes on ancient chalk downland at White Dirt Farm.

But despite the development being in Horndean parish, developer Taylor Wimpey held a public exhibition at Clanfield Memorial Hall.

A strongly-worded letter has been sent from Horndean Parish Council to the company.

It said: ‘The parish council wonders why Taylor Wimpey commissioned a company (Turley Associates) to invite residents to a presentation and consultation in a village hall in Clanfield, an adjoining parish, for a development that they are planning in Horndean?

‘There are five large community halls in the parish of Horndean but none were approached to host this exhibition.

‘There are only two in Clanfield, but the consultants chose the Clanfield Memorial Hall.

‘The reason put forward by Turley Associates was that this hall was the closest to the field in question but this is incorrect.’

More than 600 people attended the exhibition last month.

As of yesterday, Taylor Wimpey’s website still referred to White Dirt Farm being in Clanfield.

East Hampshire District Council’s list of potential housing sites refers to it being in Horndean.

The letter states that the farm is a local gap and prevents the merging of Horndean, Catherington and Clanfield.

It adds that there are other housing sites that are earmarked for development – such as Hazleton Farm and Pyle Farm on the other side of the A3 – that would be considered by residents as more appropriate for development.

The letter adds: ‘The vast majority of people in the surrounding communities do not want the field at White Dirt Farm to be built over.

‘There are other better and more suitable sites which can be considered to meet Horndean’s new housing contribution for the years up to 2028.’

A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said: ‘Our public consultation event at Clanfield Memorial Hall, which is approximately 1.5 miles from the development site, was extremely well-attended, with more than 600 people coming along to find out more about our proposals.

‘The consultation as widely publicised in advance in the local press and with a letter drop to the 1,350 residents living closest to the proposed development site, and we are currently processing the feedback.’