Homes will be built on old brewery site

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DOZENS of homes, a doctor’s surgery, a care home, offices and a shop will be built on the former Gales brewery site in Horndean.

The proposal, which was under consulted for five years, was given the go-ahead by councillors last night after a two-hour discussion.

The historic brewery, off London Road, has been empty since 2006 after Fullers bought it and moved the operation to London.

But now developers Burton Property Ventures will be building 73 homes, a doctors’ surgery, a care home, a shop and offices on the site.

The brewery will be demolished, with only the tower remaining.

Tony Burton, managing director of the developers, said: ‘After much work over the past year, we are delighted with the decision taken by the council.

‘This scheme is one which we consider will really help to bring back life into the heart of Horndean.

‘We look forward to finalising the necessary agreements with the council and to start on site as soon as possible.’

Councillors met at the East Meon Village Hall, Workhouse Lane, East Meon, and some raised concerns about traffic flow in the area.

A petition with 93 signatures was handed in to East Hampshire District Council asking for developers to bring in traffic calming and road safety measures to London Road.

Councillor Dorothy Denston, who represents the Horndean Hazleton and Blendworth ward, said: ‘I have a lot to say about highway issues.

‘We need to write a strongly-worded letter to give both to Hampshire County Council and the developers so they know what the concerns are.’

Chris Murray, head of EHDC’s planning services, said that a strong message should be sent to the Highways Authority at the county council, but could not promise it would agree to requests.