Lovedean residents’ fears as inquiry looks at plans for homes

Lovedean Lane resident Steve Anderson
Lovedean Lane resident Steve Anderson
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Angry residents have spoken out about plans to build more homes in their village at a public inquiry over the controversial proposals.

A government inspector will determine whether Southcott Homes can build 38 homes on a field off Lovedean Lane, in Lovedean.

A planning report by Southcott Homes states that there are the required facilities within a mile and a half, such as Woodcroft Primary School and Tesco Express.

But there is also a concern that the new development will not be in keeping with the village.

The two-day public event was called after East Hampshire District Council threw out the application – and said it was ‘overbearing’.

Southcott Homes then appealed to the planning inspectorate to have the decision overturned.

During the hearing, a legal expert acting on behalf of the firm said the district council has missed its requirement for affordable housing in the past, and this development would help.

Lovedean Lane resident Steve Anderson said: ‘I am not opposed to new houses being built in Lovedean.

‘But we were not consulted at the first stage of this process to have our views heard on the matter.’

The objections have been fuelled after the district council approved a plan for 40 homes built by Bargate Homes.

A decision on the development will be made after the inquiry.