Neighbours fight to stop homes plan for village

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RESIDENTS have launched a fight to save their village.

Neighbours living in Lovedean are angry as East Hampshire District Council is poised to approve a controversial plan to build 40 homes on a field off Lovedean Lane.

They say it will create a precedent to allow a wave of housebuilding.

Planning officers have recommended councillors approve the plans at a meeting at Penns Place, Petersfield, tomorrow.

The recommendation comes despite an objection from Horndean Parish Council and remarks made by neighbouring authority, Havant Borough Council, about the lack of facilities in the area.

The proposed development, from Bargate Homes, was scheduled to be debated last month, but the council took the item off the agenda because the results of a public consultation had not been analysed.

The Horndean area must take 700 new homes and the overwhelming majority of residents told the consultation that Hazleton Farm, near the A3(M), is the most sustainable site.

Lovedean Residents’ Association is bringing in a professional development consultant, Dr Wendy Le-Las, to fight its corner.

Chairman Alan Key said: ‘The committee must disregard the conclusions of the case officer and look at the bigger picture – that if approved it is opening the floodgates for an increase of this village by 160 per cent, destroying the ethos of the area and drastically increasing the flooding and traffic problems.’

Horndean councillor Guy Shepherd said he could not support the recommendation, arguing that the development was not sustainable.

Horndean Parish Council said the development meant losing working farmland and said damage to the countryside would be ‘irreversible’.

Havant Borough Council has already approved 288 homes at Woodcroft Farm further south.

An officer’s report states: ‘The proposal would make an important contribution to housing supply requirements and the current shortfall within the district.’

The report acknowledges the consultation, but adds: ‘It is not possible to bank all of Horndean’s housing requirements on one site with untested issues of deliverability and phasing.’

The meeting starts at 4pm.