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PLANS to build 49 new homes in Locks Heath have been given the green light.

Councillors at Fareham Borough Council’s planning committee gave permission for the scheme which will include affordable housing – something the council needs to provide.

The scheme will include a one-bedroom flat, 10 two-bedroom flats, 33 three-bedroom houses and five four-bedroom houses in Peters Road.

Councillor David Swanbrow, said: ‘If this is going to provide 15 affordable homes that’s 15 more than we can afford to refuse.’

Councillor Nick Walker, chairman of the committee, added: ‘I do believe that we should give this permission. It does give us affordable housing which we desperately need here.’

Councillors did agree to remove plans for a cycle, pedestrian and emergency access path through Chichester Close, after residents expressed concern.

However, plans for a further 215 new homes further down the road were refused due to a poor layout and design, and inadequate open space.