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PLANNERS have turned down 213 homes in the heart of the South Downs National Park.

The decision by the South Downs National Park Authority could now pave the way for Causeway Farm, a greenfield site of about 68 acres to the south of Petersfield, being designated as a village green.

The ‘no’ to the development comes after East Hampshire District Council also refused the plans. Reasons included impact on the landscape and lack of housing need in the Petersfield area.

Causeway campaigner Philip Haines said: ‘We approached Hampshire County Council in 2010 about the land becoming a village green, or common land as it is known. The council has now accepted the proposal and in the next few days it will be advertised for people, including the Causeway Farm owner and potential developers, to comment on.

‘If there are any objections they will be considered before a decision is made.’