Huge support for building 700 homes at Hazleton Farm

Aerial shot of the proposed development at Hazleton Farm and Pyle Farm.
Aerial shot of the proposed development at Hazleton Farm and Pyle Farm.
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A RESOUNDING message has been sent to a council – build 700 homes at Hazleton Farm.

A report shows more than 450 people visited a public exhibition in Horndean and 377 people said farmland off the A3(M) was the best place to build the houses to meet the council’s quota.

By contrast, a proposal to build 220 homes at White Dirt Farm – which many have said would erode the green gap between Horndean, Lovedean, Catherington and Clanfield – attracted just five votes.

As previously reported, a housing rush is gripping the Horndean area.

The town has to accommodate 700 new homes and developers have proposed to meet the entire target with a large estate at Hazleton Farm and Pyle Farm, which are close to junction 2 of the motorway.

The development has attracted support as it would not add to congestion on rural roads and would come with facilities, including a care home and school.

The results of the consultation in March have been analysed by officers at East Hampshire District Council.

But there remains a question mark over which village’s housing target Hazleton Farm will go towards – entirely Horndean or a mixture of Horndean and Rowlands Castle.

A similar consultation was held in Rowlands Castle and found it to be the most popular development – with 47 votes among the 120 people visiting the exhibition.

Villagers were given the option of choosing Hazleton Farm as a portion of it lies within Rowlands Castle parish.

Parish council chairman John Pickering said: ‘The important thing that has to be continually emphasised from our point of view is that houses built within Rowlands Castle parish boundary must be credited to Rowlands Castle and not to Horndean.’

Horndean Councillor Sara Schillemore said: ‘It seems clear the majority of people who went to the exhibition would prefer the Hazleton Farm development.’

The results of the consultation will be discussed at a council meeting this Thursday. The consultation for Clanfield takes place at Clanfield Memorial Hall on Thursday, June 26 from 3.30pm to 8pm.