‘Give us community facilities we need’ - say angry Clanfield villagers

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VILLAGERS have spoken of their frustration as major housing development has not come with improved community facilities.

People in Clanfield are fed up as 275 homes have been built at Windmill View on land off Green Lane and promised facilities – such as play areas for children, allotments, sports pitches and a community hall – are behind schedule.

It comes as councillors voted through plans this week for another 207 homes on nearby land at Down Farm.

John Vincent, who lives in Clanfield, said: ‘Although the council has a legal agreement with the developer to provide them, East Hampshire shows a marked reluctance to enforce this agreement and won’t insist all the new facilities are completed before works commence on the Down Farm site either.

‘The parish council has put in an awful lot of work on the Windmill View facilities and provided all the necessary information in the required timeframe.’

Planning officer Chris Murray told a public meeting that the council had ‘frustration’ that the facilities had not been completed sooner.

He added: ‘I can give assurances that some of the facilities at Green Lane are coming forward.’

Meanwhile, local MP George Hollingbery is putting pressure on the government for the doctors surgery to receive a £65,600 grant. Developers have paid the NHS, but there has been a long delay in the surgery receiving the cash.