Neighbours fight to save Old Bedhampton fields from developers

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NEIGHBOURS are fighting to save unspoilt green fields in a historic part of Bedhampton.

The area south of Lower Road is treasured by residents and walkers as it is a rural idyll amid the urban sprawl.

But people are worried as the area is being eyed up as a potential housing site.

Havant Borough Council originally suggested the area could take 250 homes, but this was reduced to 50 homes in the latest proposals.

The residents’ campaign comes as the council is carrying out a public consultation on where thousands of new homes should be built.

The council has a target of between 1,300 and 1,490 homes being built in Havant and Bedhampton between now and 2026.

The target for the borough is 6,300 – with more than 1,200 of that figure already granted planning permission.

People are being invited to have their say on Tuesday at a public exhibition.

Dave Hindley, of Lower Road, Bedhampton, wants people to get their voices heard.

He said: ‘It’s an attractive rural area not just for the people who live here but the many hundreds of people who come for a walk.

‘Living where I live I see huge numbers of people walking their dogs, walking with their children. I think this would ruin that lovely rural setting.’

Other sites being considered include up to 225 homes at Manor Farm and Copseys Nursery and up to 320 dwellings on land south of Bartons Road.

Three different options are on the table, with new housing centred on different parts of the town.

The council’s deputy leader David Guest said: ‘We are looking at all the possible sites which could take possible housing.

‘We’re asking the public which ones they would support and which ones they would not support.

‘It’s as simple as that. It’s their chance to have their say.’

The exhibition takes place at the Meridian Centre, between 11am and 2pm, and at the council chamber between 6pm and 8pm.