New homes and health centre on cards for Horndean

BIG PLANS This site near Keydell Nurseries in Horndean is set to be developed. Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131264-4)
BIG PLANS This site near Keydell Nurseries in Horndean is set to be developed. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131264-4)
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DETAILED plans have been submitted for a housing development and new health centre along one of the busiest roads in Horndean.

Designs have been submitted by Sunley Estates Ltd for a 60-home development on a five-acre field off Havant Road.

The site is next to Keydell Nurseries and could be the first phase of a much bigger housing scheme for the village. Keydell Nurseries has been earmarked for 160 homes – although whether this development will ever happen is still up in the air.

A public inquiry over controversial plans to move Keydell Nurseries from Horndean to Mays Coppice Farm, Rowlands Castle, ended yesterday.

The government’s planning inspector will now have to decide whether to allow the move.

Meanwhile, the 60-home development has already been granted outline planning permission and East Hampshire District Council must decide whether or not to approve the designs.

The development would provide 40 per cent affordable homes and community leaders have said new affordable housing is desperately needed.

But residents are still worried about the development creating traffic problems.

One resident’s submission to the council said: ‘Although Havant Road is primarily residential the road use has been increasing over the past years due to the impact from road alterations at other nearby locations and, with the additional housing and possible healthcare facility, this will inevitably increase further.’

There is also uncertainty whether a health centre will actually be needed at Havant Road.

It comes as Linden Homes are building new homes on the former Gales Brewery site.

A doctors’ surgery is already included in these plans.

Michael O’Brien, Linden Homes’ director of planning and design, said: ‘Linden Homes is committed to delivering a new surgery on the former Gales Brewery site and is currently working with the local doctors’ practice to move this item forward.’

However, Horndean Cllr Guy Shepherd said it was still vital that land was made available at Havant Road for a modern health facility.

He said: ‘Clearly we don’t need two facilities.

‘The space for a health centre at Havant Road really does need to be allocated in case Linden Homes and the doctors’ surgery cannot agree terms.’

No-one at Sunley Estates Ltd was available for comment.