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MORE than 100 homes were approved by councillors.

Councillors at Havant Borough Council voted to give the go-ahead to 46 new homes on land on Portsdown Hill, west of Glebe Park Avenue and north of Bedhampton Hill.

They also voted in favour of 53 homes on land off Coldharbour Farm Way, in Emsworth.

There were some concerns at the Portsdown Hill site about traffic and safety for pedestrians.

A petition with 91 signatures was submitted.

Cllr Elaine Shimbart, chairwoman of the committee, said: ‘There were concerns, mainly highway ones, and concerns for pedestrians getting from the new site to Bedhampton and Havant because there are some dangerous crossings there.

‘But the argument was there’s already a lot of residential properties there.

‘There were not good enough reasons for it to be refused on planning grounds.’

Both sites are included in the borough’s allocations plan for new housing sites – an important document that has now been approved by the government inspector.

The masterplan is set to be formally adopted by the council, with councillors meeting next Wednesday to discuss it.

Cllr Shimbart added: ‘If the site is on the allocations plan, there’s no good reason that we can fight it on because the inspector has agreed houses can be built on the land.’