‘Garden grabbing’ plan for homes in Lovedean set for the go-ahead

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build four bungalows in back gardens are poised for approval tomorrow.

Planning officers at Havant Borough Council have recommended councillors vote to give the go-ahead to plans for land at the back of Frogmore Lane in Lovedean.

It comes after a long-running fight to stop the development, which some residents have argued is ‘garden grabbing’ and over-development.

An almost identical plan for the same land was refused by councillors in May.

Then it was said the bungalows would be ‘undesirable backland development’.

The latest plan has attracted 28 objections from 24 different addresses.

But the council’s planning report states: ‘The application site is located within an urban area where further development is considered acceptable.’

It adds: ‘The proposal comprises a form of backland development that has traditionally been resisted.

‘However, the acceptability of such layouts has more recently been established on various sites at planning application and appeal stage, including the Willowside development immediately south-west of the application site.’

It says the council’s design guide does not reject the principle of backland development, but ‘points to the challenges and importance of respecting the character of the area’.

The meeting starts at 5pm at The Plaza in Havant.